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Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aid

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
NSGA 1110, Nursing Assistant, is a 3 credit course 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. NSGA 1110 Nursing Assistant, (or original certificate of completion of an Minnesota Department of Health approved 75 hour Nursing Assistant course), 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. An essential component of the Nursing Assistant course is student participation in clinical experiences where they care for residents at a long term care health facilities. Central Lakes College contracts with local health care facilities to provide these experiences. Any person who has direct contact with patients and residents at health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed. Results of the study are to be on file in the department of nursing before students begin their clinical experiences. Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences, thereby rendering the individual ineligible to progress in the Nursing Assistant course. Students should direct questions and appeals to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-3842. Phone: (651) 296-3971. Web address:

Employment 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

Available Courses
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.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate safe and respectful resident personal cares in a long term care facility setting
2. Demonstrate professional work ethic by arriving for class and clinical on time
3. Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with residents and other health care team members in a respectful manner that preserves human dignity
4. Demonstrate accurate measurement of intake, output, height, weight and vital signs

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

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

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency Evaluation
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.

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For more detailed information on this program



NSGA  1110  Nursing Assistant (3cr)
NSGA  1115  Home Health Aide (1cr)

Total 4 credits

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


Last Updated: 10/16/12