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Prospective Student FAQs

Student Testimonial:

"I took the Nursing Assistant course last semester. I originally took it only to gain knowledge to help with ill family members and, quite frankly, was not looking forward to going to school again, as I am in my 60's and did not particularly enjoy college the first time around. But guess what? Mary Baker and Gwen Buckingham made the classes and labs so interesting, and may I say even entertaining?, that I have now decided to finish my two-year degree and will be registering for a class this summer. If the rest of your professors are anything like Mary and Gwen, I look forward to having a very enjoyable time of learning as I finish my degree."

~ Sandy - Nursing Assistant Student (Fall 2011)

Nursing Assistant Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to register for a nursing assistant course?

  • Current status as RCTC Student
  • Course Pre-requisites include:

Placement into READ 0840. Please contact the Welcome Center at (507) 285-7557 for information on Academic Skills Assessments.

Must submit a Background Study request and receive clearance from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide direct patient care, the fee is included in tuition and fees.

Please contact Chris.Wolf@roch.edu should you have questions about meeting this requirement.

NA 1501 Successful completion of NA 1500 (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better.
NA 1602

Must submit a National Criminal Background Check, the fee for this check is the student's responsibility.

Successful completion of NA 1500 (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BTEC 1610, ENGL 1117, PSYC 1611

Are there career paths that build off the skills learned for the Nursing Assistant Certificate?

Successful completion of Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical curriculum is a required component of Hospital Nursing Assistant, Human Services Technician, Practical Nurse, and Surgical Technology programs. The optional curriculum component can further prepare the health care provider with the necessary skills to seek employment in long-term care, home-health agencies, hospitals or other related service areas. Taking all of the Nursing Assistant components will increase employment opportunities. A Nursing Assistant may be involved in direct patient/resident care or assist with care of the patient/resident unit and/or equipment, charting, record keeping and home-health services.



Practical Nurse (LPN)


Human Services Technician


Nursing Assistant

  Surgical Technologist

Are there job opportunities for Nursing Assistants (NAs)?

Yes. Most NAs find employment in nursing homes (long-term care), home health care agencies, and hospitals.

What is the salary range for Nursing Assistants?

Average hourly rate is $9.00 - $14.00 per hour. This varies with region and experience.

Can I receive the Nursing Assistant Certificate online?

Not at this time due to the lab and patient care hours required.

I work during the day. Is it possible to complete the NA courses during the evening?

Yes. Please see the Course Schedule for current evening course options.

Do I need to attend every class?

Yes, these courses are approved by the Minnesota Department of Health and 100% attendance is required.

Who would I contact if I still have questions?

Request Program Information

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