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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Assistant Certificate

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Total Credits: 4

Major Number: 5807
CIP Code: 51.3902

Program Description

This Certificate is designed for individuals seeking employment in direct patient care under the supervision of a nurse in long term care, acute care and/or home care settings. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be eligible to take the examination for placement on the Minnesota Department of Health Nursing assistant Registry.

Program Prerequisites

  • Assessment score placement into RDNG 0900  or higher or ESOL 0032 .
  • Minnesota State Registry of Nursing Assistants requires registrants to be 16 years of age or older.
  • MN Department of Human Services Background Study: Minnesota Department of Health requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a background study prior to starting this program. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience if a clearance is not issued. Call MN Department of Human Services with specific questions, 651.431.2000.
  • A national FBI database with fingerprint background study resulting in no restrictions may also be required by the program if required by clinical sites, or by potential employers.

Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Career/Occupational Requirements

Total Credits: 4

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements


MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Provide safe, patient-centered, and holistic care in entry-level positions in nursing assisting.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency in nursing assisting by qualifying to take the MN State Certification examination.
  • Culturally-aware students who are prepared to work within a diverse and ever-changing world.

Program Contact Information


Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 4


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Certification Disclosures

Program Code/ID and Approved Name

7745: Nursing Assistant



A list of states where the program curriculum meets state educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming

A list of states where the program curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

A list of states where the institution has not made a determination.

Nevada, New Mexico

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