Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide

Nursing Assistant

Category: Health

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Program Description

Are you looking to train in the healthcare field? Nursing assistants play a crucial part in the healthcare systems, collaborating with licensed nurses and other team members to deliver patient care.

The Nursing Assistant hybrid course combines online learning, in-person skills practice, and clinical practice hours.

Students will learn about human needs. They will also learn about health and illness. Additionally, they will learn basic care skills for nursing assistants. These skills will be applicable in hospitals, home health care, and long-term care settings.

This course is approved by Minnesota's Health Department and meets its 75-hour clinical and contact hour requirement.

Students who complete the nursing aide course are eligible to take the Nursing Assistants certification exam. Those who pass this test are added to the registry of nursing assistants in Minnesota and can use the title of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Learn more about the Nursing Assistant course.

See where your NAHA skills training can take you!

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 Murriel Kruggel, 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


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

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Skills Required

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


Wage and Job Outlook information for this program are available at Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED).

The role of the nursing assistant in a long-term care (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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