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.
Graduates of the Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide Certificate program are prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) test, and must successfully complete the test in order 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.
Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.
In Minnesota, employment for nursing assistants is expected to grow about at an average rate. Nationally, the number of jobs is expected to grow faster than average.
Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN and offsite clinical training at various Metro locations.