Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Minnesota. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.
CNA Certification Requirements in Minnesota
In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Minnesota state approved certification needs to be obtained. The Minnesota Department of Health requires all nurse aides to be on the state’s Nurse Aide Registry before being employed. Employers can hire individuals enrolled in a nurse aide training program for a 120 days (4 months). But during that time the individual must complete their training and the board exams.
Become a CNA in Minnesota
Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Minnesota certified CNA:
1. Enroll in a state certified school.
2. Complete the training. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses).
3. Register to take the state CNA exam.
4. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired jobs!
Local CNA Training Classes
In order to attend CNA training in the state of Minnesota, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must be 18 years old. You must also be able to pass a criminal background check and have proof of immunizations. The Minnesota Department of Health requires nursing assistants to complete the state-accredited training comprising of a minimum 75 hours. CNA classes cost approximately $700 at Minnesota’s vocational schools and community colleges.
Here are a few local CNA Classes in Minnesota
CNA Classes in Saint Paul
Century College: (651) 779-3300
CNA Classes in Minneapolis
Caring Hands HC & Training Services: (763) 291-5125
CNA Classes in Dakota
Dakota County Technical College: (651) 423-8301
CNA Classes in Hibbing
Hibbing Community College: (218) 262-7200
Search CNA Scholarships available in Minnesota (free CNA training available)
Minnesota CNA Testing
The written portion of the evaluation comprises of 70 multiple choice questions. If you have difficulty reading English, an oral option is available. The oral test comprises of 60 multiple choice oral questions and 10 reading comprehension questions. You need to request to take the oral exam before you submit an application for testing.
The skills exam comprises of five skills; three assigned at random along with catheter care and handwashing skills. Students have 30 minutes to complete the skills component and must perform all five skills correctly in order to pass the exam.
Certification Costs To Become a CNA
Written and skills exam – $64
Oral and skills exam – $64
Oral retest – $42
Skills retest – $22
Written retest – $42
Out-of-state CNAs can transfer their certification to Minnesota if they’re in active status in their home state. If you’re transferring your license, you must complete the process and obtain placement on the registry before you begin working.
Download and complete Section A-1 on the Interstate Endorsement Form and send to the registry where you’re currently registered
Complete Section B-1 and send to your current employer to provide proof of employment
Submit the completed application to the nurse aide registry
There’s no fee for processing the application