Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

The Anoka Technical College Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate is a five-credit course that introduces concepts of basic human needs, basic nursing and personal care skills, mental health and social needs, restorative services, resident’s rights, and home health.

The skills are performed in a supervised laboratory and long term care clinical setting. The course meets the requirements of the federal government and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Upon completion of the competency evaluation, students can be employed in a long-term care facility, hospital or home health agency.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Registration Process

Register online.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees include accident insurance and a background study.  

Program information

Please see course schedule for the most up-to-date information on courses for Nursing Assistant

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Books and Supplies

  • Nursing assistant book is available through the Anoka Technical College bookstore.
  • Student photo ID card.
  • Black uniforms for the clinical training sites.
  • Watch with a second hand and a box of non-latex exam gloves.

Transfer Opportunities

Note from the Minnesota Department of Health regarding reimbursable expenses:

Nursing assistants who pay for the cost of their training and testing prior to employment are eligible for reimbursement. The nursing assistant has one (1) year from completion of the test to turn in receipts requesting reimbursement. The facility has 90 days to reimburse the nursing assistant. If the nursing assistant does not remain employed as a nursing assistant for 90 days, the nursing home is under no obligation to reimburse the nursing assistant. The first nursing home the nursing assistant stays at for at least 90 days would then be responsible to reimburse the nursing assistant if it has been one year or less since completion of the test. Only certified nursing homes or boarding care homes are required to reimburse a nursing assistant.



Teresa Dill
Department Chairperson




Days/Evenings (class, lab, clinical)
Online (lecture)




Teresa Dill
Department Chairperson

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