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).
NEW! Nursing Assistant Online
Our popular nursing assistant training is now available
online! This course is as rigorous as our classroom program, and includes classroom lab exercises and clinical
experience in a long–term healthcare facility.
You should learn basic nursing care along with specifics about nursing home, hospital, and home healthcare
- Safety issues
- Vital signs
- 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. We offer both classroom and online versions
of this training. 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 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
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.
Manager: Healthcare Careers