The nursing assistant program aims to prepare you for entry into the field of nursing assistants / home health aides (NA / HHA). Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work in nursing homes, hospitals and other medical settings. The nursing assistant program at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN starts with the basics. You’ll start by working in a lab setting on campus. Then you’ll move on to a clinical environment such as a local hospital or long-term care facility. Graduates will be prepared to take the MN Nursing Assistant Registry test. Upon completion of the course, take the Nursing Assistant Test Out to complete your certification.

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Skills & Knowledge

  • 100 hours of class and onsite training in a long term care facility
  • Infection control principles/asepsis
  • 58 skills listed by the MN Nursing Assistant Competency
  • Basic body systems
  • Identify emergency situations and implementation of appropriate procedures

Plan Your Education

The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program Guide Nursing Assistant Program Guide


Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide Course – 4 credit
To register for the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide course enter:

    • course 1420
    • Semester
    • Subject: Nurse Assistant (NUNA)

Nursing Assistant Course – 3 credit
To register for the Nursing Assistant course enter:

  • course number 1400
  • Semester
  • Subject: Nurse Assistant (NUNA)

Graduates will be prepared to take the MN Nursing Assistant Registry test. Upon completion of the course, take the Nursing Assistant Test Out to complete your certification. Nursing Assistant Grants may be available through the Ordean Foundation


Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree. Starting Fall 2018, LSC will charge the same rates regardless of a student’s state of residence. Non-Minnesota residents will pay the same tuition rates as Minnesota residents.

Tuition & Fees

3 Credits

The nursing assistant certificate may be completed with a 3 credit course if pre-program requirements are met.
See the Program Guide for details.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Home health aide
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Personal care aide
  • Patient care aide

Duluth Median Wage


Minnesota Median Wage


US Median Wage


Source: MN DEED website as of November 2016. Figures shown are median hourly wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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Educational Pathways

Being a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a rewarding career in itself, or a solid stepping stone toward a career in professional nursing.


Please note this certificate does not meet the minimum hour requirements for certification in Wisconsin.

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