This Certificate is designed for individuals seeking employment in direct patient care under the supervision of a nurse in long term care, acute care and/or home care settings. Upon completion of this certificate, you will be eligible to take the examination for placement on the Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Assistant Registry. This course also offers the Home Health Aid curriculum.
Note: When searching to apply for Nursing Assistant courses, select “Health Sciences” in the Subject field.
Century College provides two options for students who are looking to enroll in a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid course. Students may enroll in a course for college credit through Academic Affairs, or not for college credit through Continuing Education.
The credit course offered through Academic Affairs and is located in the Century College Catalog under Health Sciences (HSCI) 1001. Click here to search for open courses, course schedules, locations, and times for college credit.
The exact same course is offered through Continuing Education. For this option, you do not need to apply to become a Century College student. Click here to search for open courses through Continuing Education or call 651-779-3341. Use the course name “Nursing Assistant” to find this course. If you take the NA course through Continuing Education, you are unable to change to credit or petition for credit in the future.
Select Nursing Assistant courses are offered concurrently. The instruction, curriculum, and expectations are the same for both. Attendance is mandatory. Background studies must be cleared through the DHS prior to providing direct patient care in clinical.
Students may choose to take the NA course for credit to utilize financial aid resources and to earn college credit. There are limited offerings for credit each semester. HSCI 1001 is not a general education (MnTC) course, so it does not apply to a degree. Successful completion of either the credit or non-credit NA courses provide eligibility for employment. NA courses highly recommended as preparation for the nursing program at Century College, but are not required.
Credit Registration: If you are not already a student at Century you must apply to the general college, pay a $20 application fee, and complete the steps required for credit enrollment. Please refer to the Future Students page of the Century College website for the steps to getting started.
Non-Credit Registration: You do not need to apply to the general college, your registration is processed separately through Continuing Education.
Credit courses will appear on your academic transcript. The HSCI 1001 course is evaluated as a Pass/Fail course.
The course cost is comparable. If you are currently employed in long-term care, inquire with your employer regarding reimbursement options.
$829.00 for the non-credit course through Continuing Education
$179.11 per credit x 4 credits = $716.44 for the credit course through Academic Affairs, plus a $20.00 application fee if you are not a current Century College student.
There is an additional cost of $203.00 (subject to change) for the Nursing Assistant Competency Exam, offered through Continuing Education. This is payable in two separate payments as follows:
- A payment of $139.00 is due at the time of registration, payable to Century College;
- The $64.00 balance is due at the scheduled exam session, payable to 'Pearson VUE' (the testing company); cashier's check, money order, or facility checks only (cash and personal checks not accepted for the Pearson VUE fee).
To register for the Nursing Assistant Competency Exam, click hereand search for the course “Nursing Assistant Competency Exam” or call 651-779-3341.
If you have specific questions about the non-credit course offerings or course dates, times, or locations, please contact Continuing Education at 651-779-3341. If you have specific questions about the credit course offerings (HSCI 1001), please contact an Academic Counselor at 651-779-3285.
For questions about the NA competency exam or to register for an exam, please call the Continuing Education Department at 651-779-3341.
Careers in long term care, acute care (hospitals), transitional care, and home care settings are the most common as a Nursing Assistant and/or Home Health Aide.