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Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

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

About Our Class:

  • Free tuition & course materials
  • Classes are held quarterly:
    • Winter Session: January – March (registration now closed)
    • Spring Session: April – June (register online now below or by phone after Feb. 1; test on March 4, 2020)
    • Summer Session: July – September (registration in May, testing in June)
    • Fall Session: October – December (registration in August, 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.

To Enroll:

  • You must take our English test on March 4, 2020
  • If you pass our English test, you will be interviewed by a member of our program staff.
  • Registration by phone will be open in February for the next entrance test. Please complete the online form below to register; walk-ins also welcome.
  • Please call Julie at 651-647-0191 x 314 with any questions.

Our Results:

  • Employment counselors help you find jobs paying an average of $13/hour, with the opportunity for advancement.
  • 98% of graduates pass the Nursing Assistant state certification exam.
  • 81% of certified students are placed in jobs.

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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