Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Program

Career/Program Overview

The Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate is a 16-credit certificate program, one semester in length. The required courses prepare students to care for acute or chronically ill, hospitalized patients and teaches the necessary skills to seek employment at hospitals and clinics in a variety of direct patient care positions.

All students must pass a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study and a National Background Study in order to participate in clinical experiences.


The core requirements for the certificate are

  • HCOP 1610: Medical Terminology: Body Systems and Diseases
  • ENGL 1117: Reading and Writing Critically I
  • HLTH 1110: CPR for the Health Care Professional
  • NA 1500: Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical or equivalent
  • NA 1602: Hospital Nursing Assistant
  • PSYC 1611: Psychology of Adjustment or PSYC 2618 General Psychology

Program/Degree Options

Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate, 16 credits

Completion of the certificate can be a career ladder to Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Human Services Technician, Urology Technician, Donor Service Technician, Surgical Core Technician, Endoscopy Technician I, Hemodialysis Technician, IV Technician, Surgical Technology, Practical Nursing, and Associate Degree Nursing.

Program Start Date(s)

RCTC offers the core requirement course several times throughout the academic year, including summer session. Some of the general education requirements offer online options.

Career Opportunities/Information

According to Minnesota State career information, employment of nursing assistants is expected to grow. The strongest demand for nursing assistants will be in long-term care and residential care homes. Students are eligible for employment as a Nursing Assistant after completing the NA 1500: Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical course and passing the Nursing Assistant Registry Exam offered by Pearson Vue.

For the most up-to-date statewide employment information visit the following website.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

The NA 1500 curriculum is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible. The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:

Information Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Cert 16 Overview content updated: 2018-01-02