The Anoka Technical College Health Technology programs offers three awards: a Health Technology certificate; and two related certificates: Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate and Trained Medication Aide certificate.
The Anoka Technical College Health Technology certificate is a 26-credit program. Graduates are prepared with skills to secure an entry-level position in the health care field (nursing assistant, phlebotomist and home health aide) or transfer into other Anoka Tech Health Science Technology programs.
Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.
By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.
*Course has prerequisite, see course schedule.
Design your own sequence to work with your schedule.
All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
According to the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, people in entry-level health care careers are people who tend to:
Employers look for entry-level health care personnel who like to help people and do not mind hard work. Employees must be responsible, compassionate, emotionally stable and cheerful. They also need to be tactful, honest, and discreet about patients’ private lives.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The Anoka Technical College Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate is a five-credit course that introduces concepts of basic human needs, basic nursing and personal care skills, mental health and social needs, restorative services, resident’s rights and home health.
The skills are performed in a supervised laboratory and long term care clinical setting. The course meets the requirements of the federal government and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
Upon completion of the competency evaluation, students can be employed in a long-term care facility, hospital or home health agency.
Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health; have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. The college will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the Commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.
Note from the Minnesota Department of Health regarding reimbursable expenses:
Nursing assistants who pay for the cost of their training and testing prior to employment are eligible for reimbursement. The nursing assistant has one (1) year from completion of the test to turn in receipts requesting reimbursement. The facility has 90 days to reimburse the nursing assistant. If the nursing assistant does not remain employed as a nursing assistant for 90 days, the nursing home is under no obligation to reimburse the nursing assistant. The first nursing home the nursing assistant stays at for at least 90 days would then be responsible to reimburse the nursing assistant if it has been one year or less since completion of the test. Only certified nursing homes or boarding care homes are required to reimburse a nursing assistant.
The TMA - Trained Medication Aide is a three-credit, state-approved course (HLTH 1101) that can be taken alone or as part of a broader Health Technology program, such as the Health Technology certificate. The legal requirements concerning medication administration, general information, and administration skills of oral, rectal, and topical routes will be discussed. The ten major body systems and how they are involved in the pharmacology of drug use will be studied. The students will not administer medications on clinical, but will be ready to demonstrate their skills to the employing agency. (Prerequisites: Nursing Assistant)
Students must provide an unofficial transcript or an original certificate from the Nursing Assistant course on or before the first day of class.
Health Technology Certificate Program Guide
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate Program Guide
Health Science Technology Pathways