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Nursing Assistant Certificate

Why Choose Nursing Assistant Certificate at CLC?

• Attention to detail: instructors are willing to work with students to achieve success

• Clinical experiences that prepare you to work immediately after completing the course and testing

• Flexible schedules: daytime and evening classes to accommodate your schedule

• Multiple opportunities for employment and/or further education

About the Program

Our Nursing Assistant Program offers Nursing Assistant Courses, Home Health Aide Courses, and Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Courses. Completing the Nursing Assistant course prepares students to sit for the state certification exam to become a Nursing Assistant on the State Registry (NAR). This coursework is also a pre-requisite for our Practical Nursing Diploma Program.

The Nursing Assistant Course is 84 hours. The Home Health Aide Course is 16 hours, and the combined course is 100 hours. There is a high demand for students who successfully achieve their NAR.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements


Program Course Requirements

NSGA 1110 Basic Nursing 1 (3 cr)

NSGA 1115 Home Health Aide (1 cr)

Total – 4 credits

These courses are offered several times throughout the school year.  Please consult your adviser or counselor for a current schedule.


Detailed Program Information

Career Description: A nursing assistant is a nursing home or certified boarding care home employee who is assigned by the director of nursing to provide or assist in the provision of nursing or nursing-related services under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Program Information: PNUR 1120, Basic Nursing I, the Nursing Assistant Class, is designed to prepare students for employment in licensed nursing homes and certified boarding care homes. Skills are demonstrated in a supervised laboratory setting and the clinical environment. This course meets MN Stage and Federal requirements. Upon completion of the class, students are eligible to take the Nursing Assistant State Competency Evaluation which is necessary for placement on the MN Stage Registry. PNUR 1120, Basic Nursing I, is a prerequisite to the Practical Nursing Program and to PNUR 1315, the Home Health Aide Class. PNUR 1315, Home Health Aide, is a one (1) credit course. Home Health Aides can be employed in nursing homes or home care agencies.

Special Program Requirements: The application process includes completion of a CLC application and the College Entrance Test (CET). A $20 application fee is required.

Certification: Central Lakes College offer competency evaluation for nursing assistant and home health aide candidates seeking placement on the MN State Registry. Testing dates, times and fees vary. Please contact the Business Office at Central Lakes College for a current schedule.

Admissions: Please contact the admissions department for information or to register for the class.

Career Opportunities: Available employment options are varied and can be found in nursing homes, assisted living homes and home health care settings.

Career Titles: Nursing Assistant, NA Nursing Assistant Registered, NAR Home Health Aide, HHA



Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe and respectful resident personal cares in a long term care facility setting;
  • Demonstrate professional work ethic by arriving for class and clinical on time;
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with residents and other health care team;
  • members in a respectful manner that preserves human dignity;
  • Demonstrate accurate measurement of intake, output, height, weight and vital signs.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: NSGA 1110 Nursing Assistant 3 credits NSGA 1115 Home Health Aide 1 credit These courses are offered several times throughout the school year. Please contact your advisor or counselor for a current schedule. Upon completion of the course, a Nursing Assistant Certificate and/or Home Health Aide Certificate is awarded. Students completing the Nursing Assistant Course are eligible to take the MN Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation for placement on the MN State Registry. Students completing the Home Health Aide Course and the Nursing Assistant Course are eligible to take the MN Nursing Assistant/Home Health Competency Evaluation for placement on the MN State Registry.

Meet Our Team

taraTara Karels, Director of Nursing
Tara graduated from both our nursing programs, completed her BSN at the College of St. Scholastica, and her Master’s degree from Walden University. Her past nursing experience includes: prenatal, labor/delivery, and postpartum nursing, pediatrics, and childbirth education. Prior to her work at Central Lakes College, Tara coordinated a prenatal education program and traveled internationally training childbirth educators and doulas. After 3 years of teaching in both the Practical Nursing Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program, Tara became the Director of Nursing in June 2015. When she isn’t working, Tara enjoys being outdoors and staying active with her family. Email Tara for more information

gayleGayle Ollila. Nursing Lab Coordinator
Gayle is the Nursing Lab Coordinator for the Central Lakes College Nursing Department. Prior to entering the nursing field, she owned and operated her own business for 27 years. She graduated with honors in May 2005 from the PN program at CLC, then worked for six-and-a-half years as an LPN before assuming the position of Nursing Lab Coordinator at CLC. Gayle’s responsibilities include setting up patient simulations for nursing classes, maintaining simulation hardware and software, managing nursing student files, ordering class supplies, and controlling inventory. Email Gayle for more information

Student Testimonials

Tonya Kohanek

After years of going to another school, I returned to CLC because of the positive experience I had here the first time I attended college. All the staff at CLC is very helpful and always pushing you to make your goal.

Joni Singleton

I am attending Central Lakes College and currently in the LPN program and transitioning into the RN program next fall. I heard it had a great reputation and was close to home and convenient to attend. My instructors have been incredible, I have learned many great skills, and they all really want us to succeed.

Jessica Dybevik

Nursing is a passion, not just a career choice. I chose the PN program at CLC because it is a great program with many benefits. We get hands on training, interactions with real people, and exploration of different areas in the nursing field. Becoming a nurse has been the best decision I’ve ever made; I highly recommend it to others.

Tina Keehr

I chose the Practical Nursing Program at CLC because of location, but what I found was so much more. They provide a superior education in the heart of Minnesota. The nursing program at CLC is top of the line. I feel upon completion I will be prepared for my future as an LPN.

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