Nursing Assistant

This three-credit course prepares individuals to become a nursing assistant. Course completion is required for the Practical Nursing diploma and the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Nursing — Generic Track. Students who complete the course are also eligible to take the state certification exam for the Minnesota Department of Health’s nursing assistant registry.


Employment opportunities have experienced a major expansion in recent years. Nursing Assistants are currently employed in acute-care hospitals, state hospitals, long-term care facilities including nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices, group homes and child care centers, health care and public health agencies, armed services, school nursing, industry and private homes.

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Next Steps

Individuals who complete the Nursing Assistant course are eligible to take the state certification exam for the Minnesota Department of Health’s nursing assistant registry.  This course meets the *Nursing Assistant prerequisite for NTC’s Practical Nursing and AS Nursing Generic track programs (see more information below).

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

HLTH 1110 – Nursing Assistant

Credits: 3

Description: This course is intended to prepare the student to practice as a Nursing Assistant and serves as an introduction to nursing for students who continue in nursing education. The integrated curriculum meets state and federal requirements. Students are introduced to the concepts of basic human need and learn to assist individuals in activities of daily living. Principles of body mechanics are emphasized. Selected common technical nursing skills are introduced. Successful completion of this course prepares the participant to take the state approved competency evaluation and seek employment in long-term care settings. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 1/2/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)

Course participants in HLTH1110 are required to comply with the department’s immunization, tuberculosis (TB) screening, and background clearance requirements.  Students are responsible for the cost of background study fees, TB screening, and any required immunizations for which the student does not have documentation.

Failure to comply with health and background study policies will result in ineligibility for clinical participation; thus, ineligibility to complete the course.

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*Nursing Assistant Pre-requisite Guidelines:

Completing the HLTH 1110 course at NTC meets the Nursing Assistant pre-requisite.  Your NTC transcript, showing a grade of A, B, or C (D is not accepted), is all the documentation that is needed.  If you took the class previously, be aware that course completion must be within five years of your expected program start date.

Other acceptable means of meeting the Nursing Assistant pre-requisite for the nursing programs are below.  Documentation may consist of:

  • Transcript or official course completion certificate from an approved training program showing successful completion of a Nursing Assistant course within five years of planned program start
  • Copy of your Nursing Assistant Registry certificate from an appropriate regulatory agency (State Department of Health) dated within five years of planned program start

Documentation should be submitted to NTC Admissions.

Contact Admissions at 218-333-6600 or

Nursing Assistant Test Out

Successful completion of the full testing (Knowledge and Skills tests) enables students to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) as required by the Minnesota Department of Health and to be posted on the state registry. Northwest Technical College offers multiple nursing assistant test out registration opportunities throughout the academic year.

Please contact Barbara Breeze at or 218-333-6629 for more information regarding the Test Out, or contact Sarah Behrens at or 218-755-4902 for registration.

For more information about either the knowledge or skills, please refer to the Minnesota Nurse Aid Candidate Handbook.

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