The Pine Technical & Community College Health Care Pre-Professional Certificate program prepares students to enter several different career programs. Students completing this certificate work in a residential, healthcare capacity for the elderly and chronically ill. As the population ages, the need for quality long-term care increases, and employment opportunities are expected to grow much faster than many other areas within the healthcare field. Working in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and hospice organizations require professionals who possess a sound understanding of healthcare and the practical aspects of managed care.
The Employment outlook for this program is specific to the Nursing Assistant certificate which is completed following successful passing of the Nursing Assistant State Competency Exam in Minnesota. Residents of other states must check with the regulatory board for the state to determine eligibility to work as a Nursing Assistant. This position is in high demand. Students upon completion of the test out will work in skilled nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities, home care agencies and group home facilities.
Individuals wishing to work in Minnesota as a Nursing Assistant must successful complete the Nursing Assistant State Competency Exam in Minnesota. Students successful completing this exam are placed on the MN State Nursing Assistant registry operated by the Minnesota Department of Health. Students wishing to work as a Nursing Assistant in Wisconsin must complete a 120+ hour course (HEOP 1262 and HEOP 1266) in order to transfer the MN registry to WI. This course is offered at the college and can be substituted for HCCC 1210, HCCC1215 and HCCC 1220 with prior permission.