Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides provide routine individualized health care to help patients meet their basic needs and live comfortably.
Anoka Technical College's certificate program teaches skills in basic nursing and personal care, mental health and social needs, restorative services, resident’s rights and home health.
Students learns 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.
- Nursing Assistant
- Home Health Aide
- Personal Care Aide
Median Wage: $18.85 per hour
Top Earners: $23.83 per hour
Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.
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. Upon completion of the competency evaluation, students can be employed in a long-term care facility, hospital or home health agency.
Upon completion of the competency evaluation, a student can be employed in a long term care facility, hospital, home health agency or assisted living facility.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
- Nursing assistant book and skills packet 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
Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|HLTH 1103||Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid||5 credits|
Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.
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.