The certified nursing assistant (CNA) job is an entry-level position on the nursing team that performs a variety of patient care tasks under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse. CNAs, also known as nursing aides or nursing assistants, check patient vital signs, report changes to a patient's condition and assist with range-of-motion exercises and daily activities such as eating, bathing and using the bathroom. CNA training programs are quick to complete and relatively inexpensive compared to LPN and RN training programs, making this an attractive entry point to the nursing profession. In Minnesota, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $32,560, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in Minnesota

In order to become a CNA, aspiring nursing assistants must complete a state-approved training program and pass the state's certification exam administered by Pearson VUE. In Minnesota, CNA training programs are offered at many community colleges, vocational schools, medical centers, nursing homes, and the American Red Cross. For more information about admissions requirements for CNA programs in Minnesota, please visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.

  • Program Length: CNA training programs vary in length, and generally take between 4 and 12 weeks to complete. In Minnesota, CNA training programs must include a minimum of 75 hours of instruction, including 59 hours of classroom instruction and 16 hours of clinical practice. Some schools in Minnesota offer CNA training programs that also include home health aide training and certification in addition to the nursing assistant curriculum.
  • Program Cost: The cost of CNA training varies from school to school. As one example of program costs, the Nursing Assistant Program at American Nursing & Technical Institute in Minneapolis is $1,500 in 2019. When researching programs, be sure to factor in the cost of textbooks, supplies/uniforms, certification exam fees, and background check fees if not included in your school's total tuition price.
  • Online/In-Person Options: While most CNA programs are classroom-based programs, in some cases there may be an opportunity to take a portion of the classroom curriculum online and the clinical practice portion of the program in person in a nursing home or medical facility. Online courses offer students the flexibility of taking classes on their own schedules and the convenience of completing assignments from home.

2022 List of CNA Classes in Minnesota

To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in Minnesota, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:

Ada, MN

SchoolContact Information
Bridges Care Community
201 9th St W # 2
Ada, MN 56510
(218) 784-5500

Alexandria, MN

SchoolContact Information
Alexandria Technical & Community College
1601 Jefferson St
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 762-0221

Anoka, MN

SchoolContact Information
Anoka Technical College
1355 US-10
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 576-4700

Bemidji, MN

SchoolContact Information
Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 333-6600

Bloomington, MN

SchoolContact Information
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 358-8200
Zandu Health Initiative
CNA Programs
10800 Lyndale Ave S #114
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 479-0172

Brooklyn Park, MN

SchoolContact Information
Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(952) 995-1300

Duluth, MN

SchoolContact Information
American Red Cross- Community Action Duluth
CNA Programs
2424 West 5th Street Suite 102
Duluth, MN 55806
(612) 872-3259
Lake Superior College
CNA Programs
2101 Trinity Rd
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 733-7600

Fergus Falls, MN

SchoolContact Information
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
(877) 450-3322

International Falls, MN

SchoolContact Information
Rainy River Community College
1501 US-71
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 285-7722

Inver Grove Heights, MN

SchoolContact Information
Inver Hills Community College
CNA Programs
2500 80th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(651) 450-3000

Minneapolis, MN

SchoolContact Information
American Red Cross- Minneapolis
CNA Programs
1201 W River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 872-3259

North Mankato, MN

SchoolContact Information
South Central College-North Mankato Campus
1920 Lee Blvd
North Mankato, MN 56003
(507) 389-7200

St Cloud, MN

SchoolContact Information
St. Cloud Technical & Community College
1540 Northway Dr
St Cloud, MN 56303
(800) 222-1009

St Paul, MN

SchoolContact Information
Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
1480 Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 642-1133

St. Paul, MN

SchoolContact Information
American Red Cross- St. Paul
CNA Programs
176 S. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55107
(612) 872-3259

Thief River Falls, MN

SchoolContact Information
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 MN-1
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
(218) 683-8800

Virginia, MN

SchoolContact Information
Mesabi Range Community & Technical College
1001 Chestnut St
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 741-3095

White Bear Lake, MN

SchoolContact Information
Century College
3300 Century Ave N
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 779-3300

Willmar, MN

SchoolContact Information
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 222-5200

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