Comparison of Minnesota City CNA Schools
Certified nursing assistants in Minnesota are simply called nursing assistants, but they must still be registered with the state or in training for the registration exam. This article looks at three schools that offer training, all within 55 minutes of Minnesota City. It also includes a table that allows students to compare important features of the schools, such as size and graduation rates.
- The closest place to Minnesota City to receive nursing assistant training is in nearby Winona, at Minnesota State College Southeast, which is a little more than eight miles from Minnesota City.
- Farther afield, Rochester Community and Technical College also offers nursing assistant training via a certificate program. This school is about 41 miles from Minnesota City's downtown.
- About 36 miles away, across the river in Wisconsin, Western Technical College offers a broad range of programs, focusing on both behind-the-scenes and direct patient healthcare. It offers a certificate program for nursing assistants.
Comparison of Schools
When choosing a school, individuals need to look at several factors, including cost and size. The following table offers an easy way to compare the three schools profiled in this article, aiding prospective students in making a decision about their education.
|Minnesota State College Southeast||Rochester Community and Technical College||Western Technical College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||1,920||5,115||4,108|
|Campus Setting||Distant town||Midsize city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$5,630||$5,636||$3,965 (in-state), $6,249 (out-of-state)|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017)*||84%||78%||87%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||Open admission||Open admission||Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||53% (full-time), 36% (part-time)||53% (full-time), 46% (part-time)||61% (full-time), 53% (part-time)|
|Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014)*||34%||22%||41%|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Minnesota State College Southeast
Nursing is one of the largest programs at Southeast, with programs designed to advance from one to the next if the student chooses to continue. To apply to any nursing or healthcare programs, applicants must complete a background check and submit results of a recent TB test. Some healthcare courses also have extra tuition costs.
Nursing Assistant Class
This 3-credit course meets the standards of the Minnesota Board of Nursing and federal nursing home requirements. It prepares students to work in long-term care facilities as nursing assistants. The 80-hour training includes 20 hours of clinical experience done outside of class time. The program qualifies graduates to be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry and also serves as the first step in earning a nursing diploma.
Rochester Community and Technical College
The programs at RCTC are also designed to build upon one another towards a nursing degree. In addition, to the nursing assistant training, the school offers both a diploma in practical nursing and an associate's degree in nursing that qualifies graduates to become registered nurses. Background and health check requirements apply.
Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate
Core requirements of this program include the nursing assistant theory course plus classes in medical terminology, English, psychology, hospital nursing and CPR for health professionals. The 16-credit certificate can be completed in a semester, with some of the coursework available online.
Western Technical College
Graduates of WTC's nursing assistant program can take the exams for Wisconsin's Nurse Aid Registry and the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) for certification. Either can be transferred to Minnesota, which doesn't charge a processing fee for the transfer.
Nursing Assistant Diploma
Training prepares students to work as entry-level nursing assistants in a variety of settings. Participants take a 3-hour course that includes classroom, lab and clinical sessions and is completed in one semester. Some portions of the class may be offered online.