Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training classes in Minnesota are quite costly, as it is with other states. But according to the Department of Health of Minnesota, anyone who pays for their CNA training classes before being hired as a nurse aide can qualify for reimbursement, provided he or she is hired within a year after getting certified. That is why, it is recommended that you keep all yuor CNA training-related receipts—books, supplies, uniforms, tuition, and exam fees—and then give them to your employer for reimbursement. However, in order for this to be possible, you must work for, at least, 90 days in a long term healthcare facility, such as nursing homes and boarding care home.
There is probably no better time than today to opt for a career as a CNA. In fact, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demands for CNAs will be increasing by 18%, more or less, in the next decade. And because of this, facilities that offer free or paid CNA training classes in Minnesota have also multiplied in number. To add, there are actually quite a number of CNA training classes in Minnesota, one of which is the all-inclusive CNA training program provided by the Health Service Consultants Training Center. Compared to other programs, the training offered by the Health Service Consultants can be finished a few weeks earlier. They also have two campuses that offer CNA training classes: one in St. Louis Park and the other one in Woodbury. The American Red Cross – Central Minnesota Chapter also conducts CNA training classes at a fee of $1,250, which already includes textbooks and insurance coverage. Not included in the fee are the processing of requirements needed to qualify for CNA training, such as the TB screen test and equipments to be used in class (stethoscope, BP machine, etc.). The whole program lasts for around 99 hours. Aside from these two institutions, CNA training classes in Minnesota are also available in the following institutes: Anoka Technical College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Benedictine Living Community, Staples-Motley School District, Glenwood Village Care Center, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Normandale Community College, Graceville Health Center, Littlefork Medical Center, Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home, Mahnomen Health Center, and Melrose Senior High School. Depending on the institution, CNA training can cost anywhere between $400 to over a thousand dollars and normally takes around 3 months to complete.