Health Care

Become a trained Certified Nursing Assistant where the average starting wage is $19.30/hour!

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This occupation is currently in high demand in the Twin Cities with a median hourly wage of $19.30/hour and a 4.2% growth in the 7 county Twin Cities area (10 year Regional Projections for the period ending 2030 from MN Department of Employment and Development).

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Types of jobs I can get with this certificate

  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Resident Assistant
  • Nursing Station Technician
  • Patient Care Technician

What you get out of the training

  • 6 weeks of hybrid and hands-on training.
  • Knowledge of Medical Terminology
  • Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) Certification
  • Take the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Exam
  • Assistance with resumes and interviewing preparation
  • Introductions to health care employers
  • Support while you attend the training


  • 18 years of age or older
  • At or below 200% of poverty
  • Struggling with lack of stable housing
  • Been unemployed for 26 or more weeks in the past 52 weeks
  • Identifies as a person of color
  • Lacks a high school diploma
  • Has a disability and can do the work of a CNA with or without accommodations
  • Has limited English or math proficiency, approximately reading at 5th grade level
  • Has a criminal record that is not disqualifying to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Complete program assessments
  • Committed to finding full-time employment
  • Physically able to stand for an 8-hour shift, bend, and lift.
  • Must be willing to provide personal cares. Personal Cares are assisting a person with bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding as the person cannot do these things themselves.
  • Must be able to pass a Department of Human Services criminal background check – no felonies or offenses such as theft or assault within the last 7-10 years. Petty Misdemeanors are ok and wouldn’t disqualify a person.