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Nursing Assistant options

Nursing Assistant courses

Nursing Assistants (NAs), sometimes called Nurses' Aides, work under the supervision of a nurse and help patients with daily living tasks. NAs are vital to daily operations in hospitals and nursing care facilities and are often considered "front-line" healthcare workers. NAs may work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes, and assisted living facilities; all these settings require NAs to act as a helpful liaison between the Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and the patient. Working as an NA is an excellent stand-alone career or an excellent way to launch a nursing career; in fact, many LPNs and RNs find their start as NAs. NA training requires just a few weeks of time and provides the information and skills needed to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), delivering care and support for residents and patients in nursing communities and hospitals.

- Minnesota Department of Health-Approved Nursing Assistant Training and Testing Center

State Requirements

State requirements for nurse assistant certification differ from state to state, and PTC offers two training options to accommodate the needs of students wishing to work in Minnesota and/or Wisconsin. Both training options include classroom instruction in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and basic nursing skills. Students also gain hands-on experience within the “lab” portion of training.

To work as a CNA in the state of Minnesota...

The State of Minnesota requires CNAs to have a minimum of 75 hours of training with a minimum of 16 hours of supervised, hands-on experience. PTC courses meeting these requirements include:

- HEOP 1241, Nurse Assistant (2)
- HEOP 1242, Nurse Assistant Clinical Lab (1)

To work as a CNA in the state of Wisconsin...

The State of Wisconsin requires CNAs to have a minimum of 120 hours of training, split between classroom study and at least 32 hours of hands-on, clinical training. PTC courses meeting these requirements include:

- HEOP 1262, Nursing Assistant (5)
- HEOP 1266, Nursing Clinical (1)

Just want to "test out?"

The Nursing Assistant Competency Exam is offered to qualified candidates seeking placement on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry, as required for employment in most nursing homes in the State of Minnesota. The exam includes a written portion and a hands-on demonstration of nursing assistant skills. To arrange your test, please call PTC's Nursing and Health Science department at 320-629-4578. 

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Cost of Program

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page. For scholarship information, visit the Scholarships page. Tip: Look for the "Healthcare Scholarship!"

Have more questions?

Try reviewing our "Nursing FAQs" page!