CNA Classes in Minnesota

Minnesota CNA Training

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During tough economic times, it can be hard for someone to think about leaving his or her current job in search of something better. However, many business experts recommend that if someone is having trouble finding a job at a higher or similar level in your field, he or she should consider returning to school to further their education.

Many people in the Midwest are encouraged by the government reports that healthcare will enjoy significant growth despite the current recession. Minnesota CNA classes are a great way to find a job that will allow individuals to work around medical professionals on a daily basis, and provide financial security to their families.

Although doctors and nurses are responsible for the examinations, diagnoses, and treatment plants for many hospital patients, they depend on a strong support staff of certified nursing assistants to help them put those treatment plans into action. CNAs are also required to record patient histories, take vital signs, and answer patient questions about preventative care practices.

Becoming a CNA in Minnesota

In Minnesota, an individual may work as a CNA as long as he or she has passed a Minnesota-approved CNA training program and is listed on the Minnesota CNA registry. Even CNAs who work for a temporary agency must be listed on the registry before they can begin working.

If an individual is not on the registry but wants to begin working as a CNA, he or she may do so as long as they are immediately enrolled in an approved CNA training course, and then complete the training course and pass the competency exam within 4 months.

In order to be placed on the Minnesota CNA registry, an individual must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • He or she must have completed a state-approved CNA training program and CNA competency evaluation program.
  • He or she must have passed the Minnesota competency exam for nursing assistants.
  • He or she must be in good standing on the CNA registry in another state and have worked at least 8 hours as a CNA in the past 24 months. To be transferred to the Minnesota CNA registry, the individual must submit the Interstate Endorsement Forms.

Renewing a CNA License

A CNA in Minnesota must work at least 8 paid hours as a nursing assistant in each 24 month certification period in order to renew his or her license. If one fails to do so, he or she will cease to be certified and will need to be recertified in order to work.

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Minnesota CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in Minnesota, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing. As prescribed by federal law, the typical Minnesota CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the Minnesota Nurse Aide Registry.

Required Hours for Minnesota CNA Certification

In Minnesota, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

Minnesota CNA Certification Prerequisites

In Minnesota, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a high school diploma or GED.

Minnesota CNA Licensing Resources

Bridges Care Community

  • 201 9th St. W.
    Ada, MN 56510
    Programs: CNA

Alexandria Technical College

Anoka Technical College

Riverland Community College

  • 1900 8th Ave
    Austin, MN 55912
    Programs: CNA

Lakewood Health Center

  • 600 Main Avenue South
    Baudette, MN 56623
    Programs: CNA

The Lutheran Home

Neilson Place

  • 1000 Anne Street
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    Programs: CNA

Northwest Technical College – Bemidji

  • 905 Grant Avenue SE
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    Programs: CNA, LPN

Bigfork Valley

  • 258 Pinetree Drive Po Box 258
    Bigfork, MN 56628
    Programs: CNA

Normandale Community College

Brainerd Senior High School

  • 702 South 5th Street
    Brainerd, MN 56401
    Programs: CNA

Central Lakes College

Accelerated School of Nursing Assistant

Community Health Care Academy

Hennepin Technical College

JJ School of Technology

Browerville High School

  • Sixth And Park Avenue
    Browerville, MN 56438
    Programs: CNA

Wright Technical Center School District #0966

  • 1405 3rd Ave Nepo Box 239
    Buffalo, MN 55313
    Programs: CNA

Anoka Ramsey Community College

  • 300 South Spirit River Drive
    Cambridge, MN 55008
    Programs: CNA

Scofield Nursing Assistant Training Center

  • 1001 First Avenue East Suite 65
    Cambridge, MN 55008
    Programs: CNA

Sanford Canby Medical Center

  • 112 St. Olaf Avenue South
    Canby, MN 56220
    Programs: CNA

Cass Lake- Bena Secondary

  • 15308 State Highway 371 Nw
    Cass Lake, MN 56633
    Programs: CNA

Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College

Anderson’s Nar/hha Training

  • 120 West Third Street Po Box 487
    Cokato, MN 55321
    Programs: CNA

Mary Neuman Na Training

Villa St Vincent

  • 516 Walsh St
    Crookston, MN 56716
    Programs: CNA

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center – Care Center

  • 320 East Main Street
    Crosby, MN 56441
    Programs: CNA

Herzing University

  • 5700 West Broadway
    Crystal, MN 55428
    Programs: CNA

Deer River High School

  • 101 First Ave Nepo Box 307
    Deer River, MN 56636
    Programs: CNA

Emmanuel Nursing Home

Sound Objective Solutions

  • 900 Highway 34 East Suite Bes 106
    Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
    Programs: CNA

St. Mary’s Regional Health Center

Lake Superior College

Northland Community and Technical College

Hennepin Technical College

  • 13100 College View Drive
    Eden Prairie, MN 55347
    Programs: CNA

Guardian Angels Care Center

  • 400 Evans Avenue
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Programs: CNA

Melrose Sr High School

  • 546 N 5th Ave
    Emelrose, MN 56352
    Programs: CNA

Pioneer Memorial Care Center Foundation

  • 23028 347th St. Se
    Erskine, MN
    Programs: CNA

Esko Community Education

  • 2 East Highway 61
    Esko, MN 55733
    Programs: CNA

Mesabi Range Community and Technical College

South Central College

  • 1225 Sw 3rd St
    Faribault, MN 55021
    Programs: CNA

St Lucas Care Center

  • 500 SE 1st St
    Faribault, MN 55021
    Programs: CNA

Minnesota State Community & Technical College

Essentia Health Grace Home

  • 116 W. 2nd St.
    Graceville, MN 56240
    Programs: CNA

Itasca Community College

Hendricks Community Hospital & Nursing Home

  • 503 East Lincolnpo Box 106
    Hendricks, MN 56136
    Programs: CNA

Hibbing Community College

  • 1515 East 25th Street
    Hibbing, MN 55746
    Programs: ADN, CNA, RN

Tuff Memorial Home

  • 505 E 4th Street
    Hills, MN 56138
    Programs: CNA

Ridgewater College

  • 2 Century Avenue
    Hutchinson, MN 55350
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Society

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