CNA Certification in Minnesota

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To earn the respect of the professional Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) in Minnesota, it takes to complete the required hours of the Minnesota approved CNA training course and then pass a National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) test. The Pearson VUE monitors the exam and the score of it needed for the nursing assistant certification. The students who qualify the exam appear on the Minnesota’s CNA registry. The training programs and nursing aide registry is handled by the Department of Health.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The minimum age of the candidate must be 18;
  • Candidates must possess the evidence of a GED or High School graduation;
  • Candidates must take a complete physical screening, including drug screening, TB testing and evidence of the latest immunizations; and
  • Candidates are also required to undergo the background check that involves and felony and a fingerprinting check.

After submitting these evidences, aspirants can enrol themselves for the CNA training course.

How to Apply

Training is must to apply for the examination, but not for all. Following are the candidates who can do without the training process-

  • Student or graduate nurses;
  • Candidates who have taken the training outside the United States;
  • Candidates who are from other states and don’t fulfil the conditions to be eligible for  reciprocity;
  • Candidates who haven’t provided nursing services in the past 2 years as a nursing assistant; and
  • Aspirants who have not attended the training program of the certified nursing assistant.

Above mentioned exceptional applicants need proper documentations and forms ( ) that are obtainable at the ‘Minnesota Department of Health’.

Rest all need to attain the training course to become qualified to take the exam. Certified training programs of the state include the minimum 75 hours of study, divided between 16 hours in the clinic, and the rest for lab and class work.  State approved training programs are accessible at the website of the Department of Health-

After finishing the training course, candidates need to apply for the Nursing Aide exam to Pearson Vue.


To obtain the CNA training in the state of Minnesota costs roughly $ 500 and approximately 4 months are taken to complete the training. Apart this, there is examination fees too, and these are-

  • Both Practical and Written- $ 59
  • Knowledge only- $ 40
  • Clinical only- $ 19

Certificate Renewal

The license of the certified nursing assistant lapses in the period of 24 months and then license- holders can’t carry on working as a professional CNA.

Must know Facts

  • Applicants get three attempts to qualify the competency exam. If candidates fail to pass the exam in those 3 attempts, then they need to enrol for the training again, and they also need to apply for testing all over again.
  • Under the Federal Laws, candidates, who are employed in a skilled nursing home, are liberated from every portion of the training and examination expenses. It is the employer who bears all the expenses.
  • Candidates must finish the state approved CNA training and qualify both the sections (Written and Practical) of the exam within the 2 years of the nursing aide training.

Candidates, who are employed in some certified nursing care home or are presently enrolled in the approved training course, may work as a CNA for up to 120 days. In this period they are under the obligation to complete the training and pass the competency exam in order to continue work.