Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

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Start your healthcare career as a nursing assistant or home health aide. Century's course offers direct patient care, job growth, and provides an excellent foundation if you decide to become a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse (LPN or RN).

Program Overview

You will learn basic nursing care along with specifics about nursing home, hospital, and home healthcare employment.

Topics include:

  • Communication
  • Safety issues
  • Vital signs
  • Nutrition
  • Homemaking responsibilities
  • Personal hygiene
  • Patient comfort

Our course includes lab exercises and clinical experience in a long–term healthcare facility and meets the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Health and OBRA. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the nursing assistant/home health aide competency examination.


You must be at least 16 years of age. Materials should be purchased before the first day of class. A tuberculin skin test (TST) or chest x-ray should also be done before the first day of class (must be done within 90 days of clinical start date). Contact our Student Health Services.

Clinical information

Clinical visits are typically held during the final week of each course section. THESE TIMES WILL VARY AND MAY CHANGE. They may be on weekends, holidays, evenings, and may end before or extend beyond the last date of class listed on the website or in the course catalog.

You are required to attend ALL clinical visits to successfully complete the course!

NOTE: If you plan to work in another state, please check their rules and regulations relating to training and testing.

Nursing Assistant Competency Exam

Most healthcare facilities and nursing homes require nursing assistants to be listed on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry.

Once you have successfully completed a state-approved nursing assistant or home health aide training program of 75 hours or more, you can take the competency exam which includes a written portion and hands-on demonstration of nursing assistant skills and abilities. It is scheduled by registration only.

Century College offers a Nursing Assistant Competency Exam throughout the year at various locations.