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Introduction to Nursing Assistant

Flyer: Nursing Assistant

Course Overview 1 Min Video

Course Description:

Nursing assistants give personal care to patients in hospitals and nursing homes. They work under the direction of nurses and doctors.

In this class you will learn:

This is only an introduction class, NOT a certification class.

  • How to provide personal care such as bathing, grooming, assisting with elimination needs, dressing, and feeding
  • How to develop better listening and communication skills
  • 500 new vocabulary words dealing with the body, medicine and medical equipment. 
  • The roles and responsibilities of a nursing assistant and the rights of patients
  • How to take and record measurements such as blood pressure, temperature, pulse, height, and weight
  • Patient safety and how to protect yourself against injury
  • Use of various medical equipment

Again, this is only an introduction class, NOT a certification class. If you successfully complete the class you will get a recommendation from the teacher to move onto a certified nursing assistant training program.

Requirements for successful completion of the class:

  • 80% passing on weekly quizzes and final exam
  • 90% attendance
  • 100% participation while in class

Requirments of the job:

  •  Must be able to pass a background check 
  • Able to walk/stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 30 lbs
  • Able to provide direct care to patients

Next steps and additional career information:

Upon completion of this introductory course students will take a Nursing Assistant Training (NAT) program through our local Community Colleges either Saint Paul College or Dakota County Technical College. These Certification programs will prepare students for the NNAAP exam Certification of Nursing Assistant in Minnesota. 

Links to other Nursing Assistant Training Programs: 

American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter

International Institute of Minnesota: Medical careers for New Americans

Additional Career Information: 


For more information download the flyer below:  

NA Flyer