Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide

HCNA 1200 – Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide – 4 credits

This course emphasizes the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide as a valuable member of any health care team. This course introduces concepts of basic human needs, acquaints students with the philosophy of home health and teaches basic nursing skills that will be demonstrated and practiced in the laboratory setting. This course will focus on personal care, nutrition/feeding, elimination, clean and safe environment, communication, vital signs, body mechanics, and principles related to long term and home health care. Upon successful completion of classroom/lab studies, the student will participate in a clinical experience caring for the elderly client. Background study checks will be conducted. Successful students will be eligible to take the Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide competency examination for certification and placement on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. This course meets application requirements for the Riverland Community College nursing program. (4Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

HCHH 1100 – Home Health Aide – 1 credit

This course is designed to acquaint students with the philosophy of home health care and the role of the home health aide on the home health team. Students must have completed the Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Assistant course before enrolling in this course or be currently enrolled in the Nursing Assistant course. Enrollment for this course is at the instructor's discretion throughout the semester. Prerequisite: HCNA 1100- Nursing Assistant or equivalent course.

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Enrollment is limited. Students must first follow the requirements for general admission to Riverland Community College, which includes filling out the application, paying the $20 application fee, and later taking the placement exam called Accuplacer. Non-degree seeking students are not required to take the Accuplacer exam. Follow the directions included in your letter of acceptance for registration information. Contact an Enrollment Advisor at 507-433-0600 for further information.

DROP/ADD Requirements for HCNA courses

Because the Nursing Assistant course is a short course, we follow different drop/add requirements than full semester courses. The last day to add this course is the day before the class start date. The last day to drop this course is 1 business day after the class start date. The last day to withdraw from the course can be found on the course schedule webpage, or contact an Enrollment Advisor.

Mantoux Test (TB) is required for this training

Students must contact a medical clinic or public health agency for this test. Results must be within three months with a negative reading. Please bring results to the first day of class Results must be documented from the healthcare facility where the test was given.

State of Minnesota Background Study

*** BRING your Driver’s License to the first day of class for Background Study submission. *** Minnesota Law requires any person who provides a service that involves direct contact with patients and residents in health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health to have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of a background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota-licensed health care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a certificate or degree in the program. Students may review the following link which outlines the types of disqualifying crimes and/or contact the program director.

Class Attendance is Mandatory

According to the MN Dept. of Health guidelines, students must attend all class and clinical sessions, or they will not be eligible to complete the course or take the state certification exam.

Class Information
The books for this course will be given to students the first class day.  Please bring own note paper, black or blue ink pen and #2 pencils.  Scrub uniforms (any color) are required to be worn to class after the first class day.  Shoes need to be clean athletic shoes (no solid dark colors) and clean socks.  No artificial nails – nails must be short and clean.  


PSEO funding for high school students

Students are responsible for completing all necessary PSEO paperwork to apply and be accepted at Riverland as a PSEO student. Following acceptance and testing, the student must meet with a Riverland Counselor to register. Certification testing fees are not covered by the PSEO program.
PSEO student will be responsible for the $110 Riverland testing fee & $64 Pearson VUE money order on the day of testing. If the student has registered for the course, the $110 fee has NOT been included into the course tuition.

Financial Aid

To be eligible for grant-funded financial aid, students must be registered for the Nursing Assistant course and have all credits locked in by the 5th day of the semester and have received an award letter from the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid does not cover the $64 Pearson VUE certification testing fee.

Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry and Certification

Riverland Community College is an approved Nursing Assistant state certification testing site. Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide course, students are eligible to take the National NA or NA/HHA Examination. Students must pass a written (or oral) and skills evaluation to become certified and listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. The Minnesota Department of Health is responsible for establishing criteria for the examination.

Certification Testing Fees

 HCNA 1200 – Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide - This 4-credit course has two separate testing fees as indicated below:

  1. The state certification testing fee of $110 payable to Riverland Community College is included in your tuition and fees.
  2. Pearson VUE is the state certification testing supply company. The state certification testing fee payable to Pearson VUE is $64 and must be paid by money order, cashier's check, or facility check. This payment is due on the certification test date. Further details will be presented by your instructor.

Please visit for a FREE certification examination study guide.

  1. Under "Quick Links" - select your category: Search Nurse Aide Registry
  2. Select your program: Minnesota Nurse Aides & Home Health Aides
    • Candidate Handbook - this includes the skill study guide
    • Nurse Aide (NNAAP®) Practice Exam – this is a practice test with answer key

For questions pertaining to the Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Assistant Registry, call (800) 397-6124 in Minnesota or (651) 215-8705. For certification testing questions contact Carolyn Veldmen, Austin West Campus @ 800-247-5039 or 507-433-0653.

Contact Information

Enrollment Services

Carolyn Veldman
Nursing Assistant Home Health Aid Coordinator

Laura Beasley
Director of Nursing Programs