Most of us are aware of the nursing shortages in the news. Because of several shortages due to the ever increasing amount of the aging population, training schools are often looking for active individuals to train as a Certified Nursing Assistants. The US government also wants to make it easier for people to receive training as certified nursing assistant, for this reason many programs in the state offer scholarships programs.
There are nursing facilities in Minnesota that offer free training courses to those, who wish to enter this profession. The advantage of this type of in-house training programs over the traditional college programs is that trainee learns on the job, gaining experience while looking after residents. This most often allows them to begin working right after you have passed the state exam and are certified. Some of the facilities may offer paid training. This can be extremely beneficial to those who may not have another source of income coming into the home.
The free CNA training programs at area nursing homes not only deal with the theory of nursing but it puts theory directly to the test during the interaction with residents. Those studying to become a nursing assistant needs particular training which has to include the skills portion of it and a nursing home is the just the right environment to get this.
Once you complete your training, you will need to take the Minnesota state's exam to become certified. This state test is no different for those who partake in a free training program verses one that is paid out of pocket at a university or college. The test is generally offered at a specific place, date and time, which is often prearranged by your trainer.
Some of the providers below only offer free training on a need basis. You will need to contact them directly to see when they will be providing a Free CNA course.
Options for Minnesota Free Nurse Aide Training
Mille Lacs Health System
PO BOX A, 200 ELM ST. NORTH
ONAMIA, MN 56359
TOLL FREE 877-535-3154
Country Manor Campus
520 First Street NE
Sartell, MN 56377
Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center
1480 North Snelling Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone No: (651) 642-1133
Annandale Care Center
500 Park Street East,
Annandale, MN 55302 (320) 274-3737
Project for Pride in Living
1035 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404