Nursing Assistant & Home Health Aide Course

This 84-hour, 3-credit, state-approved course presents curriculum to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge essential in giving direct and supportive care as a nursing assistant in long-term care, in assisted living, and as a home health aide. After successful completion of the course, students are required to take the Minnesota Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Exam.

This class meets OBRA requirements for training nurse assistants and home health aides, and meets the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) standards. Students practice skills in a supervised laboratory setting and in a clinical environment in long-term care.


  • A Mantoux test (tuberculosis skin test) must be completed no more than 90 days before the first day of clinical. A Mantoux test can be obtained at a healthcare clinic, through an employer, or an in-class option is available for a fee; check with the instructor for details.
  • The process to obtain a MDH background study with fingerprinting and photo identification will be started on the first day of class.
  • Signature-bearing Picture ID (driver's license preferred) required on the first day of class.
  • Students are required to provide their social security number at registration.
  • The minimum age recommended to take this course is 16.

Certification Testing

  • Upon successful completion of the course, students will be scheduled for the Minnesota NA/HHA certification exam, typically on the Monday or Tuesday following the last class date.
  • The fee for the certification exam is $190*. This includes the written and skills test-out portion. (The re-testing fee is $110 skills/$100 written/$190 re-test both*). *Fees subject to change.
  • This fee is in addition to the cost of the course and is payable on or before the day of the exam.
  • An oral version of the written exam is available upon request. (Request must be received two weeks prior to exam date)
  • Upon successful testing, students will receive certification, their name will be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry website, and they may use the title CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant.

Expected Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to be in 100% attendance during classroom, skills, and clinical work experience. Any skills practice/lab/clinical time missed will require the student to pay for private tutor time with the instructor.

A calendar listing all training dates and times, as well as topics covered will be provided to the student the first day of class. Textbooks and materials are included in class fee.

External Website: NA/HHA - Class Schedule and Registration Options

  • Student eServices Accepted students in the Minnesota State system can register online through eServices.
  • Registration Application (PDF)
    Return completed applications using one of these options:
    • Mail: Alexandria Technical & Community College
      Attn: Customized Training Center
      1601 Jefferson Street
      Alexandria, MN 56308
    • Fax: 320-762-4633
  • In Person Visit the Customized Training Center office in the main building on campus (200 wing). Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Contact your high school counselor or click HERE (PSEO) to learn more.