As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many Minnesota health care facilities are finding it difficult to hire and retain workers to provide essential care for residents and patients. To help meet this need, HeartCert CPR is now offering a Certified Nursing Assistant training course.
The American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program contains both online and in-person training and testing, taught and monitored by experienced licensed nurses. The curriculum is rigorous and meets or exceeds both state and federal standards.
After all portions of the course are completed, students may register for the Minnesota CNA competency exam and/or apply for employment. (In order to speed hiring during COVID-19, clinical rotations and state licensing and testing have been temporarily waived. Students may seek employment without certification. However, they will have to take the exam in order to become certified by the state.)
Certified Nursing Assistant Course Components
There are two components to the Red Cross Nurse Assistant training course. All portions must be passed in order to graduate and seek employment or take the Minnesota CNA competency exam.
- Blended Learning: First, students will take 43 hours of online training. This must be completed prior to in-person sessions.
- Classroom Learning: After completing the online portion of the class, students will attend 35 hours of in-person practical and testing sessions. Social distancing and sanitizing measures will be undertaken to keep students and instructors safe.
In order to take the course, students must have a high school diploma or GED. Students must be at least 16 years old.
HeartCert CPR is your trusted training partner for CPR, ACLS, PALS, EMR and First Aid in the Twin Cities and throughout greater Minnesota. HeartCert offers a variety of courses, including CPR/AED/First Aid and CPR/AED, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Certified Nursing Assistant training. Courses and certifications from both the American Heart Association and American Red Cross are available.