Minnesota CNA Certification and Licensing
Minnesota CNA Program Basics
In Minnesota, people that wish to work as a nurse aide in a health care facility must complete one of two types of training courses. One is offered by community colleges across the state and the American Red Cross gives the other. Minnesota requires that all persons hired by a healthcare facility be immediately enrolled in a training course within or paid for by the employer. The person must then pass the competency examination and be placed on the Minnesota nurse aide registry within four months of hire.
Minnesota CNA Examination Requirements
Certain individuals may challenge the examination without completing a training course. Previously licensed nurses (LPN or RN) or aides transferring from another state. Those aides that wish to transfer their certification from a different state will need to complete Minnesota's Interstate Endorsement Form. There is no fee to be placed on the state's nurse aide registry. These transferring aides must be in good standing with the state they are transferring from and have worked at least eight hours in the past 24 months in a for pay capacity either in a facility or for a private home care company.
Minnesota CNA Training Requirements
The competency examination in Minnesota has two parts - a written test and an assessment of manual skills. The skill section of the test involves the student performing up to 5 different skills for the examiner. The skills may be performed on the examiner or a fellow student. If the student fails either section of the exam, they will not be able to proceed to the nest section or if they failed the manual skills test- they cannot receive certification. The student may take the exam at another time, but if the entire test is not passed within 3 tries, they will need to re-take the training. Those individuals that have not taken a course and only challenged the test will need to take an approved Minnesota CNA training course.
Minnesota CNA Certification Renewal
To keep a registry entry valid and active, the nursing assistant must work at least 8 hours in a 24-month period from the time of certification. Every two years the state's registry will need to be notified by an aide's employer that the aide has or is working and the employer must submit a job description for the registry entry to remain active and valid. A lapse of more than 24 months in the aide's work history will result in an inactive status. To regain their registry entry, the aide may need to re-take the course and exam.