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.


  • 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 certification exam.
  • The fee for the certification exam is $250*. This includes the written and skills test-out portion. (The re-testing fee is $150 skills/$100 written/$250 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/audio version of the written exam is available through TMU
  • 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.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has recently changed Nurse Assistant testing vendors. Alexandria Technical & Community College is diligently working to navigate the new testing expectations and establish our testing processes. Alexandria College will serve as a local testing center for the Certified Nursing Assistant knowledge and skills tests. We anticipate offering exams to other training programs and Challenge candidates by mid-summer 2022.


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.



Register online through eServices:
Note: This works best when using a computer rather than a mobile device.

  1. Log in to eServices using your StarID and StarID password
  2. Select Courses and Registration
  3. Select Search for a Course
  4. Select the Semester you'd like to start the course
  5. Select Nursing Assistant (NSGA) under Subject
  6. Input 1640 in Course Number
  7. Leave Course ID# blank
  8. Click the  next to the course you'd like to register for
  9. On the following page, check the box next to the course, and click "Select Course(s) to proceed to Register" 
  10. Complete prompts to complete registration



STEP ONE: Complete the Registration Application (PDF)

Register in Person

Visit the Customized Training Center office at Alexandria Technical & Community College, 1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, MN (map). The Customized Training Center office is in the 200 wing, main building (accessed easily from the North parking lot). Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Register by mail

Mail the completed application to:

Alexandria Technical & Community College
Attn: Customized Training Center
1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Register by fax

Fax the completed application to (320) 762-4633



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