Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide

Nursing Assistant

Category: Health

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Program Description

This Nursing Assistant hybrid course introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic personal care skills. The course prepares the student for the role of the nursing assistant in long-term care facilities as well as working with various populations.

Additionally, the course prepares the student to work in home health care, as it also provides the theory and skills needed to meet the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requirements of the Home Health component. It includes 10 units of theory for both the NA and the HHA training, which is delivered totally online, plus 16 hours of mandatory face-to-face (f2f) skills practice and 16 hours of clinical in a supervised laboratory setting at the end of the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate is eligible to take the Minnesota Competency Evaluation for Nursing Assistants. Individuals successfully completing this examination are placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. This course, regardless of delivery method, meets the MDH requirement of a minimum of 75 hours.

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Completing the 5 credit NAHA course is an important first step in training for an exciting career in the healthcare field - meet some of our Hennepin Tech healthcare students!

Grace Bichange Larson: Graduate, Licensed Practical Nursing and 2021 HTC Commencement Speaker


I took the six-week NAHA course this summer. This course had a positive impact on me because it allowed me to get the feel for what becoming a nurse would be like. Throughout the course, I learned many skills on how to be a successful Nursing Assistant. Not only with hands-on experience, but I learned course objectives such as important communication tactics to use with residents and how to successfully take care of patients.

In the end, I was able to complete the course and pass both the written exam and skills test on my first attempt to become a CNA. I am thankful for Hennepin Tech for the resources given to enhance my education and for Pat Reinhart, my instructor, who was very knowledgeable in the field and was helpful throughout the course. All of these factors played into having a great experience within the NAHA course.

-Alana Johnson, HTC NAHA student, Summer 2021

Program Information

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Class Time: Day
Semester: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Campus: Eden Praire or Brooklyn Park

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Skills Required

Reference the Medical Assistant program Academic Planning Guide for more details.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Wage and Job Outlook information for this program are available at CAREERwise. The role of the nursing assistant in a LTC facility as well as working with various populations is discussed. In addition, the course provides an overview of the nursing assistant's role in home care. It identifies issues related to working in homes, including adjustments to delivering personal care, food and nutrition, and homemaking responsibilities.

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