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Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Overview

Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant

Career/Program Overview

The Nursing Assistant curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment careers in health care under the supervision of the licensed nurse.  Students will learn the basic skills to work in a variety of health care settings.  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.         

Students completing NA 1500 and/or NA 1501who desire employment in long term care or home care are eligible to take the Nursing Assistant Registry Exam offered by Pearson Vue. Dates of the exam are available by reviewing RCTC’s Workforce Education website at and select “Testing”. Successful completion will place the individual on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant State Registry.

All students must pass a Minnesota State background check in order to complete the clinical portion of the class.


Nursing Assistant coursework includes three different options; Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical, Home - Health Aide Theory and Hospital Nursing Assistant.                                                                      

Program/Degree Options

The various courses offered in Nursing Assistant can provide a career ladder in the health care field.  Successful completion of Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical curriculum is a required component of the Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate, Human Services Technician, Surgical Technology, Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs. 

Program Start Date(s)

RCTC offers the Nursing Assistant courses several times throughout the academic year and during summer sessions. 

Career Opportunities/Information

According to iseek ( career information, Minnesota employment of nursing assistants is expected to grow.  The strongest demand for nursing assistants will be in Long Term Care and residential care homes. 

The Advanced Nursing Assistant Hospital Certificate curriculum further prepares the health care provider with the necessary skills to seek employment at Mayo Clinic hospitals or other related service areas as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA).  Taking all of the Nursing Assistant components will increase employment opportunities.              

In addition to the State Background check, all students pursuing the Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate must also pass a National Background Check.  

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

RCTC gainful employment information for Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant:


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical course and the Home Health Aide Theory course are both approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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