Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides provide direct client care under the direction of a nurse or doctor in a variety of health care settings. Using technical skills learned in both the classroom and clinical setting, nursing assistants and home health aides perform such tasks as feeding, bathing, positioning, ambulating and comfort measures for the client. Students explore and discuss legal, ethical and safety issues in client care. Students are prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) test to be placed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry.
Graduates of the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program must successfully take and complete the Nursing Assistant exam administered through the designated State testing service to be placed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry. Nursing Assistants must be on the registry to be employed in the long term care setting.
In Minnesota, employment for Nursing Assistants is expected to grow about as fast as average through 2012. Nationally, the number of jobs is expected to grow faster than average.
Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.
- Graduates will be prepared to provide direct client care in a long term care facility or home health care setting.
- Graduates will be prepared to meet the requirements to be placed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry.