Nursing Assistant Courses & Exams




Certified Nursing Assistant Course

The 80-hour state approved Nursing Assistant Certificate course provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in hospitals, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and home care agencies.  Students learn basic nursing skills including how to read and record vital signs, provide personal care, mobility assistance, and restorative care. Clinicals and Skills Refresher are included in the course.


  • Must be 16 years of age to register.
  • Background Check/Fingerprinting (must be complete before registering for the course)
  • Text Book for MN State Nursing Assistant Course
  • Scrubs & Watch w/second hand
  • Mantoux/TB Test must be completed before going to clinicals

Course fee - $899 (fee includes the book/workbook for the course


Nursing Assistant Review Course

Saturday, April 23, 2022 8am - 4:30pm. Room 150.

This 8-hour skills refresher course will help participants fine tune skills needed to work as a nursing assistant and prepare them for successful completion of the MN State Competency Evaluation. Students spend the day with a nursing assistant instructor and state tester, practicing the 21 potential skills candidates may encounter during the state exam. Each skill will be demonstrated with time allowed to practice. 

This course is beneficial for:

  • Those who desire more practice prior to the exam
  • Those who need more practice prior to a retest
  • Those who plan to challenge the test

Course fee - $99


Nursing Assistant Exam

The Nursing Assistant Knowledge & Skills Exam is offered to qualified candidates seeking placement on the MN Department of Health Registry, as required for employment in most nursing homes. State and federal laws require that most candidates for testing have completed a MN state-approved Nursing Assistant training program of 75 hours or more. The exam includes a knowledge portion and a hands-on demonstration of nursing assistant skills and abilities. Pre-registration and payment are required. Candidates must be registered 48 hours prior to any exam.  NO WALK INS ACCEPTED.

The skills portion will be done in person at Pine Technical & Community College in room 150. The knowledge portion of the exam is done virtually on your home computer. All Skills exams are 8am-5pm and run every 35 minutes. Students will be scheduled into a specific time slot during that 8am-5pm time frame. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You will receive a final email from Pine Technical & Community College with your designated time for the Skills portion prior to testing day. Headmaster (Minnesota State's testing vendor) will send you a link to the knowledge portion of the exam 24 hours prior to to the exam. The Knowledge portion will be either 8am-9am or 130pm-230pm. You will be assigned a specific testing time. 


Nursing Assistant Knowledge & Skills Exam: $215.00

Nursing Assistant Knowledge Retest: $100.00

Nursing Assistang Skills Retest: $145.00


July 16, 2022 (Skills portion) - July 17, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

August 6, 2022 (Skills portion) - August 7, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

August 13, 2022 (Skills portion) - August 14, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

August 27, 2022 (Skills portion) - August 28, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

September 3, 2022 (Skills portion) - September 4, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

September 10, 2022 (Skills portion) - September 11, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

September 17, 2022 (Skills portion) - September 18, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

September 24, 2022 (Skills portion) - September 25, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

October 1, 2022 (Skills portion) - October 2, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

October 15, 2022 (Skills portion) - October 16, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

October 29, 2022 (Skills portion) - October 30, 2022 (Knowledge portion)

November 5, 2022 (Skills portion) - November 6, 2022 (Knowlege portion)

November 19, 2022 (Skills portion) - November 20,2022 (Knowledge portion)

December 3, 2022 (Skills portion) - December 4, 2022 (Knowlege portion

December 10, 2022 (Skills portion) - December 11, 2022 (Knowlege portion)

December 17 2022 (Skills portion) - Dec 18, 2022 (Knowledge portion) 

For additional questions contact Kathy Reid, (320) 629-4563 or or for registration questions contact: Di Anna Abrahamsen, at (320) 629-5176 or