Minn. State College SE offering free nursing assistant training starting Oct. 24

(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota State College Southeast is offering free nursing assistant training classes in both Red Wing and Winona starting Monday, October 24.

The college says space is limited and the course will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The classes will take place on campus and online over a 6-week period.

The tuition free program will save participants almost $900, according to the college.

“This is an opportunity to learn critical basic nursing skills, including how to take vital signs, provide personal care, and assist patients with mobility,” said Seth Flatten, who administers the Next Generation Nursing Assistant program at Minnesota State College Southeast. “Our instructors are registered nurses who genuinely care about student success.”

The college says the free classes are being offered in response to the states shortfall of qualified nursing assistants at nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and home care agencies.

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Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take the Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation to be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry.

Participants are encouraged to work as a nursing assistant after training completion. 

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