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Nursing Assistant


Open the door to healthcare and helping others by pursuing an in-demand career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Learn essential healthcare skills in CPR, first aid, AED (automated external defibrillator) usage and how to assist patients with activities in their daily lives. Our Nursing Assistant training is an affordable and convenient way to branch out into the world of healthcare in a short amount of time. In a matter of 3.5 weeks, you will be on the path to CNA certification and can help make a positive impact on your patients, healthcare team and community.1 Now available at our Eagan, MN, campus with a start date of October 14, 2019.

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A Helping Hand in Healthcare

Completing our Nursing Assistant training will give you the foundational skills and hands-on experience you need to seek certification as a nursing assistant. With a network of over 5,600 nursing students, 9,800 nursing alumni and 600 nursing faculty, we understand the dedication and passion it takes to work in healthcare.2 As a CNA, you will not only learn how to assist patients, but also discover the variety of careers within the growing healthcare industry. Start with us in your non-credit Nursing Assistant training, then let us help you expand your career opportunities by pursuing a more advanced program in Healthcare, such as Nursing, Medical Assisting and more.

After this training

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Sit for the State Exam

Taught by experienced and skilled nurse faculty, our Nursing Assistant training is state approved and prepares you to sit for the Minnesota State Competency Exam.

Launch a Career in Healthcare

Upon certification, you can discover what it means to work in healthcare and collaborate with a healthcare team. A CNA provides quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for CNAs is expected to grow nationally more than 11% by 2026.3 Convenient and affordable on-campus Nursing Assistant training from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

What Will I Learn?

Nursing Assistant Training

  • On Campus

Designed to prepare learners to work safely and efficiently as nursing assistants in long-term care facilities, hospitals and private homes. Focuses on the basic nursing assistant knowledge and skills needed to care for individuals with dignity and respect.

Training Competencies:

  • Perform duties in accordance with the legal roles and responsibilities of a nursing assistant.
  • Demonstrate practices that comply with patient rights and ensure patient dignity.
  • Demonstrate professionally accepted methods of communicating, verbal and written, to the healthcare team, patients and families.
  • Apply practices that comply with the standards of infection control.
  • Perform patient care that integrates a basic understanding of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
  • Demonstrate basic nursing assistant skills required to provide safe and efficient patient care.
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Play an integral and compassionate role in the lives of patients.

State Approved

Complete your Nursing Assistant training from a higher education institution dedicated to your success. Our Nursing Assistant training is approved by the MN Department of Health.

Dynamic Learning Environments

Nursing Assistant training learners will study essential skills within lecture, lab and clinical environments. Learners develop CNA skills through classroom discussion, activities, group work, videos and assessments. The supervised laboratory setting allows learners to demonstrate and strengthen skills, abilities and confidence needed in this in-demand profession. Real-world experience at a clinical facility allows learners to work with patients and receive firsthand experience of the day-to-day responsibilities of a CNA.

What Will My Schedule Look Like?

  • The Nursing Assistant training is both convenient and timely, allowing learners to complete the training as quickly as possible. This Nursing Assistant training meets five days a week for about five hours each day. The precise training schedule for lecture, laboratory and clinical experience will vary with each offering. The Nursing Assistant training takes 3.5 weeks at the Eagan, Minnesota, campus, including clinical hours. The next available start date is October 14, 2019.

What Should I Know Before I Register?

Our online, self-service registration process is fast and simple, so qualified learners can be on their way to Nursing Assistant training in a short amount of time.

Registration Requirements

Review the training registration requirements below:

  • Minimum required age is 18
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Background check
  • Documentation of Tuberculosis testing and proof of immunization: Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, TDAP and Influenza
  • Documentation of physical exam
  • Nursing Assistant Training Handbook receipt and acknowledgment of contents

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Steps to Registration

To register for our Nursing Assistant training, follow the steps below:

  • Create an Account
  • Select Nursing Assistant Training from the dashboard
  • Pay administrative fee
  • Follow the instructions in the confirmation email to complete your registration

For questions about the training or registration, please refer to the confirmation email, or email

Training Fee Reimbursement

Per federal regulations, training fee for the Nursing Assistant training is reimbursable by law (up to a year after the Certified Nursing Assistant training is completed) to aides employed by (or who have been offered employment from) a Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing facility. For more information for Minnesota registers, please visit the MN Department of Health website.

Registration Deadlines

  Registration Deadline Final Payment Deadline Training Start Date
Eagan, MN, Campus September 27, 2019 October 10, 2019 October 14, 2019


There are limited spots available in each Nursing Assistant training. Individuals who complete all acceptance requirements will be registered on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you do meet all acceptance requirements and the training is already full, you have the option to select the next available Nursing Assistant training date.

Training Locations

Where Can I Find Nursing Assistant Training Near Me?

On-campus training lengths vary based on training location. Check back for additional Nursing Assistant training campus locations!

  1. Completion time is dependent on training course location and state requirements.
  2. As of July 10, 2018, Rasmussen College had 5,695 students enrolled in School of Nursing programs. As of July 10, 2018, Rasmussen College had 9,809 nursing alumni. This number represents the total number of those who graduated from a School of Nursing program between March 20, 2006, and July 10, 2018. For the spring quarter of 2018 (April–June), Rasmussen College had 617 full-time and adjunct nursing faculty.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. $900 training fee with a $100 non-refundable administrative fee. This rate does not include the book fee and applicable state taxes. For full training fee details, visit our Nursing Assistant Training Fees List. In addition to the training fee, participants are responsible for up to approximately $1,289 in additional fees for required items such as a physical examination, vaccinations or proof of full registration requirements. Fees may vary and may be covered by the learner's insurance plan or other method such as a low or no-cost clinic. For a full list of requirements, visit our Nursing Assistant training Acknowledgments page.
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