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Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

Free Nursing Assistant Training for New Americans

The International Institute of Minnesota provides high-quality and professional CNA training to new Americans who are seeking nursing job training. The Nursing Assistant Training program will give you the preparation and tools to start your career as a CNA. We are proud to be part of the solution to the caregiver crisis in Minnesota by filling critical labor gaps.

We are currently accepting applications for the January 2023 training.

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International Institute of Minnesota’s CNA Training Program

What to Expect from the CNA Training Program:

  • Thorough and professional CNA training course
  • In-person clinicals at a local nursing home facility in St. Paul
  • Job-search assistance from our dedicated employment specialists
  • Countless job opportunities post-graduation
  • Between seven and 11 weeks of hybrid CNA training, depending on English reading assessment
  • Hybrid scheduled: three days in person, two online
  • Class time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Nineteen dollars per hour is the average starting wage offered to program graduates.

Program Eligibility

The health and well-being of our staff, members, and their future patients is our number one priority. For this reason, all CNA Training applicants must have had the COVID vaccine.

To qualify for the CNA Training program, applicants must:

  • Provide proof of permission to work in the US (refugee, permanent resident, naturalized U.S. citizen, or work authorization)
  • Complete the Reading Assessment with a high intermediate level
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Provide proof of vaccination
  • Applicants must provide their own computer and internet access to participate in online courses
  • Applicants must be able to attend in-person clinicals

Get started by joining us for a free information session!

How to Apply

  • Register for an Information Session
  • Receive instructions by email to complete the online English Reading Assessment
  • Receive assessment scores to determine eligibility for the CNA Training program
  • If eligible: submit the application provided to enroll in the CNA Training program!

Program Cost

  • Nursing Assistant Training is free; there is no tuition
  • $100 for the state Nursing Assistant Certification test
  • Students are responsible for providing their own uniforms and transportation to and from clinicals

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