Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Nursing Assistant - Certificate 5 cr. Rosemount
 Geriatric Advanced Nursing Assistant - Certificate 16 cr. Rosemount
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Major Description

Nursing Assistant Certificate: This course prepares students to assist dependent elderly persons, home-care clients and hospital patients with their personal care needs. This course combines home health aide content with the nursing assistant course. The Minnesota State Certification examination is administered following course completion.

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Geriatric Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate: This program will provide the student with an enhanced understanding of the influence caregivers have in the quality and safety of healthcare for aging adults. The student will be able to identify common physical and psychosocial characteristics associated with the aging adult. The student will gain knowledge necessary to plan and provide optimal entry level care for aging adults.

Nursing Assistant NNAAP Exam Information


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Nursing Assistant Advisor & Instructors
Jonathan O'Hara
Jonathan O'Hara
Enrollment Advisor
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Brenda Arneson
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Program Costs*

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  Geriatric Advanced Nursing Assistant
Certificate – 16 credits
Nursing Assistant
Certificate – 5 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $48 $48
Textbooks $44 $44
Supplies $175 $175
Other $80 $80
Grand Total $3,366.36 $1,290.55

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Work Environment

Nursing assistants and nursing assistants/registered, or NA/R, provide care under the direct supervision of licensed nurses. Employment is primarily in long-term care facilities, home health agencies and hospitals.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, nursing assistants are in very high demand. Employment in this field is expected to grow 16.4 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. There will be a need for about 9,260 new Nursing Assistants to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

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Career Information

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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

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The Nursing Assistant program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes and the accomplishments of our health care instructors.

Nursing Assistant News

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Clubs & Organizations

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As a student in DCTC's Nursing Assistant program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the health care industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Stay Connected on Campus

DCTC features active student clubs and organizations for Nursing Assistant students, providing networking and professional development opportunities right on campus.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK)
Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. PTK provides many leadership and civic engagement opportunities for students. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework at DCTC with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Invitations to join the society are mailed to eligible students at the end of each term.

Multicultural Student Leadership Association
Did you know that more than 20 different cultures are represented in DCTC's student body? As members of the Multicultural Student Leadership Association, we believe in the importance of not only recognizing our differences, but also embracing and learning from them. MSLA gives students from all cultures the chance to learn, belong and grow by experiencing the rich world of people that visits our campus everyday.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.