Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistants are foundational in providing person-centered, care to patients, residents and clients in various healthcare facilities. Many people begin their nursing careers as Nursing Assistants and then go on to earn further nursing credentials. Others choose to remain in this rewarding career. At Riverland Community College, the Nursing Assistant course i teaches you how to safely assist clients with basic physical and emotional needs and prepares you for the MN Nursing Assistant Competency Exam.

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course, you will be able to take the State of MN Competency Exam. In order to be listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry, you will need to pass the Minnesota State Registry Test. Once on the registry, you will qualify to work in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other medical services facilities. The course also serves as a stepping stone to further education in nursing and satisfies requirements necessary for Riverland Nursing program application.

Campuses: Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna
Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring Semesters
For More Information: Call: (507) 433-0612 | Email: sarah.hartman@riverland.edu

Upcoming Courses

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 Certified Nursing Assistant Test-Out

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be well-prepared for the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency Test through the state of Minnesota. To become a Certified Nursing Assistant, students must take this state exam. Registration for the exam is done through the Customized Training & Education Department.

For detailed information with test-out, dates, fees, etc., please visit our Nursing Assistant Test Site webpage through our customized training department. *will change highlighted link to our page

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to take the examinations for certification as a nursing assistant or nursing assistant/home health aide in Minnesota if you qualify under one of the following routes:

  1. NA CANDIDATE: You have completed a state-approved nursing assistant training program. You must take the NA written and skills evaluation tests.
  2. TEST-OUT CANDIDATE: You are a candidate who does not meet any of the other eligibility routes listed above. Examples are:
  • if you were trained in another country
  • if you have not taken a nursing assistant program
  • if you have not worked as a nursing assistant in the last two years
  • if you are from another state and do not qualify for reciprocity in Minnesota
  • if you are a student nurse or graduate nurse candidate. You must take the NA written and skills evaluation tests.

Nursing Assistant Review

Riverland is excited to offer review sessions to prepare you for the Nursing Assistant competency exam. You can sign up for knowledge review, skills review, or both. Upon completion of your review class, faculty will help you register for your MN Nursing Assistant Competency Exam. Please see course descriptions and links to register below.

NURSING ASSISTANT REVIEW - SKILLS

This informative course has been created to help get you ready to take the Minnesota Nurse Aide Competency Exam. Our short, hands on skills review outlines the topics you need to know to be confident on test day. Each skill will be demonstrated according to state standards of testing and you will be given an opportunity to practice. This course is a good refresher for those who have let their certifications expire or anyone wanting to refresh prior to testing. Completion of this course does not guarantee passage of the state competency exam. This course is NOT a Minnesota approved nursing assistant training program and you will not receive credit for this course.

Program Location Start Date Semester
Nursing Assistant Review-Skills Austin West Building 7/20/22 Summer 2022
Nursing Assistant Review-Skills Austin West Building 8/3/2022 Summer 2022
Nursing Assistant Review-Skills Austin West Building 11/18/2022 Fall 2022
Nursing Assistant Review-Skills Austin West Building 12/7/2022 Fall 2022

NURSING ASSISTANT REVIEW - KNOWLEDGE

This comprehensive Nurse Aide knowledge review program is designed to help you review details about NA concepts regarding duties, emergency care, safety, pain management and more. All of the topics addressed in this course are those you may be tested on when sitting for the Minnesota Nurse Competency Exam. This course is a good refresher for those who have let their certifications expire or anyone wanting to refresh prior to testing. Completion of this course does not guarantee passage of the state competency exam. This course is NOT a Minnesota approved nursing assistant training program and you will not receive credit for this course.

Program Location Start Date Semester
Nursing Assistant Review-Knowledge Austin West Building 7/20/2022 Summer 2022
Nursing Assistant Review-Knowledge Austin West Building 8/3/3022 Summer 2022
Nursing Assistant Review-Knowledge Austin West Building 11/16/2022 Fall 2022
Nursing Assistant Review-Knowledge Austin West Building 12/5/2022 Fall 2022

For questions, please contact Sarah Hartman at sarah.hartman@riverland.edu, or call (507)433-0612.

Minnesota Nurse Aide Competency Exam

We are currently in the process of getting setup to conduct NA competency exams at Riverland. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. To assist you in identifying alternative test sites, we have provided information for other Minnesota State Colleges in our region currently offering the Minnesota State Registry Test. Click on the links below for contact information or to be taken directly to their web page.

Southeast Tech

https://mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getsubcategory/category_id/211/program_id/36

 

South Central College

https://mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/206/program_id/35/subcategory_id/527