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Nursing Assistant Training

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Fast Facts: Nursing Assistant Training

  • Your current or potential employer may reimburse the cost
  • Flexible hybrid format, study at our own pace
  • Based on OnTrack (TM) interactive curriculum
  • A quick pathway into a nursing career
  • Complete your Nursing Assistant training in as little as six weeks
  • Learn from St. Scholastica nursing faculty
  • Available in Duluth and St. Cloud
  • Preparation for MN Nursing Assistant Registry test

Tuition: $1200*


* Tuition rates are subject to change. Other fees may apply.

Benefits of a St. Scholastica nursing education

Earn your nursing assistant education with flexible hybrid training at the second-largest nursing school in Minnesota and join more than 8,000 St. Scholastica nursing alumni. This interactive St. Scholastica's OnTrack (TM) Nursing Assistant training is from LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and powered by EduCare.

Course outline

Once enrolled, you will receive an email to register for on-campus skills and clinical hours. Visit the calendar on the application page to view upcoming training dates.

A total of 78 hours — online and in-lab

  • 44 hours of theory online: schedule on your own time/completed asynchronously
  • 34 hours in person in Duluth or St. Cloud, two 8-hour days and two 9-hour days*

*Upon enrollment, you will receive an email to register for on-campus skills/patient care sessions. There will be multiple sessions offered throughout the year in Duluth and St. Cloud. Sessions will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is some flexibility in scheduling, please discuss with your instructor.

The courses will meet both Wisconsin and Minnesota requirements and are available, with face-to-face hours available in Duluth or St. Cloud. 

A CNA or Nursing Assistant training (CNA/NA-R) registration is part of the admissions requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Nursing and the B.S. Nursing programs at St. Scholastica.

Student eligibility

  • 16 years of age
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to bend and stoop

Online application

  1. Complete the online application, choose Transfer, Duluth or St. Cloud, Non-Degree Seeking OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program
  2. Fill out, complete (with witness signature) and include within the application the Code of Conduct and Confidentiality forms

Post completion

Reply to Offer: After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal, view your decision letter, and click "Reply to Offer". Then you will work with your campus program contact to complete payment and register for the training program.

Payment must be made in full before registering for your OnTrack Nursing training. After payment, you will receive an email from your training instructor with instructions on how to register and begin the online portion of the training. Online training must be completed prior to attending labs. No exceptions.

Although there is no financial aid available through St. Scholastica for the OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program, finances should not be a barrier to completing the Nursing Assistant Course.

*Eligible individuals may qualify for grant funding for their CNA training and support services to help them achieve their goal. The first step is to contact CareerForce at (218) 730-5246 or jcabrera@duluthmn.gov to find out more.

*Individuals may also get reimbursed for the cost of this course by working for an Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing facility. Contact your employer directly if applicable or Andrea Chartier in Career Services for more information: achartier@css.edu.

Quick pathway to nursing

Nursing assistants are an integral part of the nursing-care team. Once you complete your nursing assistant program and take your Registry test, you can begin working in a variety of areas such as nursing homes, home health, clinics, hospitals and more.

Nursing pathways: Trained Nursing Assistant, Trained Medication Aide, Licensed Practice Nurse, Registered Nurse

What does a Nursing Assistant do? 

Some responsibilities of a nursing assistant include:

  • Working with/under an RN or LPN
  • Taking vital signs of patients
  • Answering patient calls
  • Documentation of care patterns
  • Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
  • Assist patients with daily care
  • Assisting nursing-team with general medical procedures

This interactive St. Scholastica's OnTrack (TM) Nursing Assistant training is from LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and powered by EduCare.

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Jeff PearsonJeff Pearson
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(218) 723-5944
jpearson3@css.edu
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  • Portrait of Sara Revoir

    "St. Scholastica’s nursing assistant training is excellent. The hybrid format allowed me flexibility in completing the online theory portion at my own pace. I had an exceptional hands-on experience during the skills and clinicals, preparing me for the state exam. Since being added to the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry, I have received countless offers of employment."

    – Sara Revoir

  • Portrait of Rachel DeLong

    "St. Scholastica’s training program was outstanding. The skills were excellently explained and demonstrated. The instructor was exceptional, personable and engaging with me and my fellow classmates. I felt comfortable in the environment, and am pleased with my experience throughout this program. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in becoming a Nursing Assistant."

    – Rachel DeLong

  • Portrait of Sam Ringger

    "St. Scholastica’s nursing assistant program has made me feel more prepared for the CNA exam and has helped me become a better nursing assistant with its small class sizes and excellent faculty."

    – Sam Ringger