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Become a CNA in Minnesota

Steps to become a CNA in Minnesota

If you want to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant, or CNA, in Minnesota, the easiest and most straightforward way is to enter a CNA certificate program.

These programs don't take long to work through- because CNA's generally work alongside or under the eye of a Registered Nurse; the federal guidelines for their training are much less stringent.


You must attend a program approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, and the program must last at least 75 hours and be made up of both some medical education and some clinical experience. Most standard curriculums are actually a bit longer then this- 100 to 150 hours- and the extra training and time to learn your craft better certainly doesn't hurt.

When the Minnesota CNA certification program is completed, you are almost ready to work. You'll need to take and pass the Nurse Aide Exam, an exam approved by the state and administered by community colleges and the more notable nursing programs. It costs $59 to take, and contains both a written examination, and a clinical simulation where you will treat and assist an individual playing the part of the client.

Once passed, you need only to wait for the Department of Nursing to add you to the Registry to begin working- though, given the states rules allowing people enrolled in training, or who are trained and actively trying to pass the Nurse Aide Exam, to work; it's likely you already will be.
To stay on the Registry, you'll need to work a total of 8 hours every two years. There are some stipulations as to how those 8 hours must be earned to count for credit- when you get to this point, you'll want to ask your employer about whether the work you're doing there qualifies you for this.


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