Minnesota State Approved Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) hybrid program (requires online coursework prior to in-person classes). Scroll down or click here for additional program information.
All courses include online coursework with additional in-class evolutions following strict social distancing guidelines. Participants will be eligible for employment after successfully completing the online work and course sessions.
Make a difference! Become a CNA with the Red Cross Nursing Assistant Program! The American Red Cross CNA Nurse Assistant Training Program offers students a chance to learn in a hands-on environment under the eyes of experienced licensed nurses, bolstered by a curriculum that meets or exceeds federal and state standards.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Minnesota CNA competency examination. After successful completion of the state exam (additional state testing fees may apply) you will be listed on the state Nurse Aide Registry. The state competency exam includes both a written examination and a skills evaluation. The purpose of the state exam is to make sure that the graduate understands and can safely perform in the role of an entry-level nurse assistant.
*During Covid-19, clinical rotations have been waived so that employers can hire CNAs quickly after completion of the course.*
The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course has several components. Students must pass all portions of the training in order to graduate.
- Blended learning – Students will first complete 43 hours of online training required prior to the listed in-classroom dates. Access to the online material will be granted soon after registration. Those who do not complete the online portion will not be allowed into the in-person sessions and must reschedule.
- Classroom learning / lab – after completing the online portion of the class, students will attend 35 hours of classroom training, including skills testing and supervised practicals.
- After successful completion of steps 1 and 2, students may apply for employment and/or register for the state exam for licensure. All information for state testing will be provided after your course.
Prerequisites: Students must be 16 years of age or older. Scrubs and masks are required for in-person sessions. Feel free to contact our office with any questions. Though not a prerequisite for CNA training, it is highly recommended that you also have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification card. This is required by most employers and is a separate class/certification. Information on options to take this course (if needed/desired) will be emailed prior to your course and can be found here or by selecting BLS from the navigation menu on our website.
To enroll, click register next to your preferred in-person session. The dates listed in each session are all mandatory. When selecting an in-person session, keep in mind that all 43 hours of online coursework MUST be able to be completed in time for your first in-person date. Please allow yourself enough time for this. Online access is granted within 1-2 business days of your registration-via email.