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Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

Enroll in high-quality, free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training at the International Institute of Minnesota and get help finding a job after graduation!

The Nursing Assistant Training program at the Institute prepares New Americans to work as Certified Nursing Assistants in nursing homes and other health care facilities. Our dedicated employment specialists assist graduates with the job search process, and our employer partners provide countless job opportunities for our motivated graduates. We are proud to be part of the solution to the caregiver crisis in Minnesota by filling critical labor gaps.

About CNA Training

  • Free tuition and course materials
  • Classes are held quarterly:
    • Winter Session: January – March (registration open in November, entrance test in December)
    • Spring Session 2020: April – June (registration now closed; entrance test was March 4, 2020)
    • Summer Session: July – September (registration by phone in May or online below, entrance test June 3, 2020)
    • Fall Session: October – December (registration in August, entrance test in September)
  • Full time:
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (8 or 11 weeks depending on English level)
  • Part time:
    • Monday-Thursday, 3-8 p.m. (10 weeks)
    • Plus, three full clinical days, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to Enroll

  • You must take our English test on June 3, 2020
  • If you pass our English test, you will be interviewed by a member of our program staff.
  • Register by phone (651-647-0191 x 314) starting in May, or complete the online form below; walk-ins also welcome but you must arrive by 8:30 a.m. on the entrance test day.
  • Please call Julie at 651-647-0191 x 314 with any questions.

Program Results

  • $14.59/hour is the average wage of our certified students, with opportunity for advancement
  • 97% of graduates pass the Nursing Assistant state certification exam
  • 87% of students are hired after graduation

To qualify for Nursing Assistant Training, an applicant must:

  • be an official refugee, permanent resident, naturalized U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the U.S.
  • pass the Institute’s English test and be interviewed
  • speak and understand English well enough to succeed in class and communicate with staff and residents in the healthcare facilities where she/he will work
  • be in good physical condition


  • Training is tuition-free.
  • Students pay $30 for a background check and $100 for the state Nursing Assistant Certification test.
  • Students are responsible for providing their own uniform and transportation to and from class.

Nursing Assistant Training Entrance Test Registration

Complete the form below to register for the next Nursing Assistant Training entrance test.
  • Our training program is ONLY open to people who were NOT born in the United States.

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