CNA Training in Minnesota
If you are living in the Midwest and thinking about starting a new career in healthcare, Minnesota is the state to consider. This state offers not just a great variety of recreational outdoor opportunities but is also different in its CNA training regulations than most of the other US states.
Here it is not mandatory to take approved CNA training in order to be eligible for sitting the competency exam. You can challenge the test without having completed a training program.
However, it is advised to do so, because it might be difficult to pass the exam without proper training.
The Department of Health regulates CNA training in Minnesota. State-approved training courses can be found at facilities like community colleges, technical and vocational schools, universities, and the Red Cross.
In Minnesota, approved certified nurse aide training programs have to provide a minimum of 75 training hours (including at least 16 hours of clinical training). Most training facilities require an age of 18 years, GED or high school diploma, a TB test, and a criminal background check.
Once you have graduated from your CNA training course, you can then apply for the NNAAP Examination by filling out a Minnesota Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Application.
Next, you have to bring (some exam sites may require this to be submitted before the exam date) the completed form, two forms of identification (passport, driver’s license, etc.), your social security number, and the appropriate exam fee to your allocated test site at your scheduled date.
This exam consists of a written or oral part (70 multiple choice questions) and a skills test (to perform 5 skills). Failing this test three times will result in re-taking an approved training program in Minnesota before becoming eligible for re-testing.
The fee for the written (or oral) exam and skills part is $59. After having passed the exam, your name will be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry, and Pearson VUE will mail your certified nursing assistant certificate to you within ten days.
Your certification is valid for 24 months. To keep your license active, you have to proof a minimum of eight hours paid nurse aide work at a licensed healthcare provider within the last twenty-four months.
In case you are moving to Minnesota, you can transfer your license if it is valid, in good standing, and you have at least eight hours CNA work done in that state within the last two years.
Thinking about the relative short time one needs to invest in a training program in Minnesota, and all the great recreational outdoor opportunities this state provides, it is worth considering to start here a promising healthcare career.
The outlook for nursing aides is good, and the average income for CNAs is between $20,470 and $35,210 annually.
MN Nursing Assistant Registry
MN Department of Health
Compliance Monitoring Division
P.O. Box 64501
St. Paul, MN 55164-0501
Phone: 651-215-8705, 800-397-6124 (in state only)
Minnesota Board of Nursing
Minnesota Department of Health