CNA Classes Minnesota

CNAs in Minnesota typically earn between $26,000 and $35,000 per year making it a nice occupation to pursue especially if you are not inclined to sit through four years or more at a university.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) maintains a Nursing Assistant Registry of those people who have completed their CNA training in Minnesota, passed the competency exam, and registered. One interesting point is that Minnesota does not require any proof of training in order to take the state exam; however, it is not probable that you could pass the exam without training so this method is not advised. You can also join the nursing assistant registry in Minnesota by having received CNA certification from another state.

A list of CNA classes Minnesota State Approved can be found on the MDH website. There are currently 130 approved training sites of which many are also approved testing sites. This full list can be found at but you can also operate a search to list just those in your area.

One of the more popular methods for getting nurse assistant training is through the American Red Cross. Their Central Minnesota Chapter charges just $650 which includes the tuition, textbook and liability insurance coverage. This fee does not include the TB test or the State Registry test. You will also be required to complete a criminal background check.

Another location to obtain a nursing assistant or home health aide certificate is through the courses offered at Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC). MCTC is a two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis.

One important reminder is that Minnesota law requires nursing homes to reimburse your fees for obtaining nursing assistant training. So, regardless of what the program costs, you will get your money back once you begin working.