Nursing Assistant


The 5-credit Nursing Assistant certificate program gives you the training you need for basic entry into the healthcare field as a nursing assistant or home health aide. You’ll receive 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. You will be prepared to take the state registry exam for certification after you complete the course.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

2022-2023 Required Courses

Nursing Core Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
  NURA 1001
Nursing Assistant

Course Outline
Credits: 5
Introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic nursing skills in long-term care and/or home care environments. Skills are taught in a simulated laboratory setting utilizing demonstration and role-playing. Upon successful completion of classroom studies, the student will participate in 16 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility or lab setting. This course meets the objectives of the Federal OBRA and Minnesota Department of Health requirements as detailed for educating the nursing assistant. Course includes a malpractice insurance fee. Students must also have a criminal background clearance.


  • EAP 0090 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing for English Learners
  • READ 0090 Introduction to College Reading and Writing

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023

Total Credits in Nursing Core Curriculum 5