Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Ready to get your CNA?

  • We are excited to offer an online option for working towards becoming a Nursing Assistant. The Coronavirus Pandemic have necessitated changes regarding the nursing assistant curriculum. For the summer of 2020, we are not able to offer the HLTH 1402 Nursing Assistant course for a variety of reasons, including not teaching face-to-face courses at this time.
  • For this reason, a new curriculum which allows for the theory/lecture portion of the Nursing Assistant content to be taught completely online has been added to the summer schedule. You can register for the first 7 modules (4 credits) now.  All modules need to be taken.
  • This set of courses meets the Nursing Assistant prerequisite requirement for application to the Practical Nursing program.
  • This set of courses is sufficient to earn the rubric points associated with Nursing Assistant for application to the Sonography, Surgical Technology and Cardiovascular programs. 
  • Course schedules can be found by clicking "Quick Links" and "Course Schedule".
  • Nursing Assistant courses for Summer 2020 can be found by searching for Healthcare Core Curriculum (HCCC).
  • Register for all 7 courses in the series (with the same instructor and section number) which includes:
    • HCCC 1410 Behaviors for Success in the Healthcare Industry
    • HCCC 1420 Awareness & Sensitivity to Clients’ Needs
    • HCCC 1430 Respect for Client and Staff Diversity
    • HCCC 1440 Communication in Healthcare
    • HCCC 1450 Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions
    • HCCC 1460 Legal Issues in Healthcare
    • HCCC 1470 Healthcare Ethics
  • Use this link to be sure you are registering for all the courses in the series within the same section and same instructor: HCCC Summer 2020 Schedule by Sections.2.pdf
  • In these modules, you will learn concepts of basic human needs for a variety of populations with emphasis on the geriatric population.
  • You'll learn about safe environments, emergency measures and basic nursing skills including communication skills, and legal and ethical information for use in the healthcare system. 
  • Skills are performed in a separate HCCC 2 credit course, currently being developed, and will include supervised laboratory and clinical settings.
  • These 7 modules are intended as a part the preparation for students towards employment as Nursing Assistants. The Federal and State OBRA laws and Minnesota Department of Health requirements are met in the full HCCC 6 credit curriculum.

Ready to Register?

  • If you're already an SCTCC or Minnesota State student, please register in eServices.  Search Healthcare Core Curriculum (HCCC) 1410, 1420, 1430, 1440, 1450, 1460 and 1470. If you're not already an SCTCC or Minnesota State student, you can register as a Visiting Student.
    • There are two options for registering as a Visiting Student:
    • Option 1: Call 320-308-5075 to register as a Visiting Student. 
    • Option 2: Follow the steps on the Visiting Students page to register as a Visiting Student.


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