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Minnesota CNA Classes

Minnesota CNA Training

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.

Additional Resources:

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Other MN Schools with CNA Programs

Accelerated School of Nursing Assistant
7046 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55429
Alexandria Technical College
1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
American Indian Oic
1845 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
American Red Cross of The Minnesota Territory
1201 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Anderson's Nar/hha Training
120 West Third Street Po Box 487
Cokato, Minnesota 55321
Anoka Ramsey Community College
300 South Spirit River Drive
Cambridge, Minnesota 55008
Anoka Technical College
1355 West Highway 10
Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Benedictine Living Community
1907 Klein St.
St. Peter, Minnesota 56082
Bigfork Valley
258 Pinetree Drive Po Box 258
Bigfork, Minnesota 56628
Brainerd Senior High School
702 South 5th Street
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
Bridges Care Community
201 9th St. W.
Ada, Minnesota 56510
Browerville High School
Sixth And Park Avenue
Browerville, Minnesota 56438
Cass Lake- Bena Secondary
15308 State Highway 371 Nw
Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633
Central Lakes College
501 West Campus Drive
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
Century Community & Technical College
3300 Century Ave
North White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Cherrywood Advanced Living
150 Barry Avenue NW
Richmond, Minnesota 56368
Chosen Valley Care Center
1102 Liberty Street
Sechatfield, Minnesota 55923
Community Health Care Academy
7714 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55443
Country Manor Health Care & Retirement Center
520 - 1st Street
Sartell, Minnesota 56377
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center - Care Center
320 East Main Street
Crosby, Minnesota 56441
Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street E.
Rosemount, Minnesota 55068
Deer River High School
101 First Ave Nepo Box 307
Deer River, Minnesota 56636
District 287 South Central Education Center
7450 Penn Ave. South
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Elim Care Inc.
701 First Street
Princeton, Minnesota 55371
Emmanuel Nursing Home
1415 Madison Avenue
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501
Esko Community Education
2 East Highway 61
Esko, Minnesota 55733
Essentia Health Grace Home
116 W. 2nd St.
Graceville, Minnesota 56240
Eventide Lutheran Home
1405 South 7th Street
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Fairview Lakes Healthcare
5379 383rd Street
North Branch, Minnesota 55056
Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720


Minnesota CNA Resources on

Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 617-2270
Fax: (612) 617-2190

Minnesota Nurses Association