Qualifications and Requirements
The procedure for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is made a little bit simpler for applicants in Minnesota. Like all other states, a state-approved nurse aide training program must be completed. Federal regulations specify that these courses provide at least 75 hours of education to its students. Unlike other states, Minnesota does not specify a certain number of hours to be spent on practical training in a clinical setting, though many of the CNA courses will provide education in a laboratory or patient facility anyway. After completing the training program, CNA applicants must take the NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program) certification exam. This test has two portions, with written and clinical skills portions. The applicant will have three attempts to pass both portions of the test. Once the test has been passed, the CNA will be listed on the Minnesota Nurse Aide Registry. Unlike some other states, Minnesota does not allow anyone to work as a CNA before being listed on the state registry, though offers of employment may be received beforehand.
The average salary a CNA makes working in Minnesota is around $24,000. This is above the national average for CNA pay-rates, and is distributed along a scale between $20,800 and $27,000. The wage fits in among regional neighbors, though there are nearby states that have higher average salaries for CNAs. This is most likely due to Minnesota’s lower pay-rate for more experienced nurse aides. For example, states to the west, such as North Dakota, Montana, or Wyoming offer higher pay to the top CNAs. This is most likely due to the competitive job market in these states. With lower population densities, experienced CNAs are more valuable. That being said, it may be easier to find work, with more urban centers than the aforementioned states. There are two types of course curriculum that Minnesota recognizes for CNAs: State colleges and universities, and American Red Cross. Relevant college curriculum can be provided for free and is accessed by web-link after approval. The American Red Cross charges for classes, but like many other states, requires that the cost of training be reimbursed to CNAs who have been offered employment. In order to receive this reimbursement, the CNA must submit the appropriate receipts and hold their position at the nursing home or long-term care facility for at least 90 days, at which point the employer becomes obligated to pay. There are no administrative fees to be included on the Minnesota Nurse Aide Registry.