Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

We are glad to see you are interested in our Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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Program Information

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.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the competency evaluation, a student can be employed in a long term care facility, hospital, home health agency or assisted living facility.

Books and Supplies

  • Nursing assistant book and skills packet available through the Anoka Technical College bookstore.
  • Student photo ID card.
  • Black uniforms for the clinical training sites.
  • Watch with a second hand and a box of non-latex exam gloves.

Reimbursable Expenses

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.

Background Study

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.

Program Sequence

HLTH 1103
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

Successful completion of the Anoka Technical College Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate program at the will meet the requirements for certification in the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide field. Certification is required by Minnesota as well as by some states to acquire a state license for employment as a certified/licensed Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide.

Federal regulations require that these training programs consist of at least 75 hours of training, including at least 16 hours of supervised practical or clinical training. Minnesota requires this minimum. States that require the same training hours and practical/clinical hours we determined our programs met the requirements for licensure in those states. If a state required more our programs did not meet the requirements.  Additional requirements such as state-specific examinations, background checks, fees, additional training, experience and coursework, etc. may apply. Nevada and New Mexico are missing the number of required practical/clinical hours so a determination cannot be made on whether our program meets the licensure requirements in these two states.

Nursing Assistant Training Requirements by State

For questions, please contact Teresa Dill.


Teresa Dill

Jean Jurek

Enrollment Services





Days/Evenings (class, lab, clinical)


Fall Semester: August

Spring Semester: January

Summer Semester: May


Teresa Dill
Department Chairperson

Enrollment Services