Course Detail: CNAB - Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program (Online with Face-to-Face Labs & Clinical)

Course Description
Lake Region State College's North Dakota Department of Health-approved non-credit 75-hour hybrid nurse assistant training program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain employment as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Programming consists of a combination of online coursework covering Nurse Assistant theory (43 hours minimum), plus 16 hours of in-person lab and 16 hours of in-person clinical instruction. Students attend the in-person lab and clinical according to a predetermined schedule.

Each class allows time for intensive and individualized instruction from an experienced long-term care RN instructor. Students will complete the online portion of the course through Blackboard ( Online course access will be available beginning 4:00PM CST on the first day of class. Students who already have access to Blackboard will use their current login credentials to access the course. All others will be provided a temporary login ID and password (please watch your email for instructions). Students will be expected to complete and document a minimum of 43 hours of coursework during the four (4) weeks of online theory. Following the completion of the online coursework, students will attend 16 hours of in-person lab and 16 hours of in-person clinical at the Lake Region State College Devils Lake, ND campus. A final exam will be issued towards the end of the course. Students who pass the final exam (75% or greater), meet the minimum of 75 attendance hours (minimum of 16 required clinical hours), and complete all online coursework requirements (earning an 80% or greater) will earn a certificate of training.

Units of study are introduction to long-term care, communication, infection control, safety, anatomy, physiology of aging, nutrition, skin care, and basic skills (personal care, transferring, positioning, vital signs, elimination, bed making).

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the state CNA exam (state CNA exam registration is sold separately).

Program Learning Objectives
  1. 1. Describe the roles and responsibility of nursing assistants including ethics, communication, legal responsibilities, abuse/neglect laws, residents' rights, and the North Dakota Department of Health regulations.
  2. 2. Identify basic restorative needs - promote the resident's ability to adapt and adjust to loving as independently and safely as possible and attain maximum functional potential. Be sensitive to the residents' physical, mental, and psychosocial needs.
  3. 3. Describe the functions of body systems appropriate to the nursing assistant scope of practice - assist residents to attain and maintain functional independence.
  4. 4. Demonstrate safety and infection control practices that comply with standards of practice for nursing assistants.
  5. 5. Demonstrate professional communication skills including recording and reporting, and legal and ethical responsibilities.
  6. 6. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with professional work ethics - including teamwork.
  7. 7. Comply with privacy and confidentiality laws.
  8. 8. Adhere to the policies and procedures of clinical sites including effective communication with residents and facility staff.
  9. 9. Demonstrate competence and proficiency in the following categories of skills: a) safety and infection control, b) personal care procedures, c) vital signs, d) nutritional requirements and techniques, e) exercise and activity, f) elimination, g) care to clients with special needs, h) care to clients with cognitive impairments, i) emergency procedures, and j) interpersonal skills.

Students are required to meet a minimum of 75 hours of training (of which must include 16 clinical hours) in order to successfully complete the training program (see sample training program syllabus for more information regarding the attendance policy). Limited make-up time may be available via a separate hourly fee.

Student Requirements
Students must be 15 years of age by the start date of the course.

Nurse Assistant training requires students to perform specific technical skills regarding resident cares. Some skills require students to lift, carry, stand, sit, and walk consistently for an 8-hour period. Students with temporary or permanent conditions limiting their ability to perform these tasks should contact TrainND Northeast.

Students will need access to a laptop or desktop computer to complete coursework. Blackboard is mobile-friendly, however some aspects of coursework may require a PC to complete. Students will be required to create videos, and will need to be able to upload and download files from Blackboard. Students will need internet and email access for this course.

Training Location for Lab and Clinical
Lake Region State College Bergstrom Technical Center
1801 College Drive North, Room 273
Devils Lake, ND

English as a Second Language Students
ESL students are highly recommended to take an English assessment exam prior to registration. Information about TOEFL testing availability can be found here:

Felony Disclosure
According to ND Administrative Code 33-43-01-03 and 33-43-01-22, CNA class applicants with a history that includes conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualification, functions, or duties of a certified nurse aide, home health aide, nurse aide, or medication assistant may not be allowed to begin the training program or take the state certification exam without providing specific information relating to their background, criminal history, or impairment. As arrest, conviction, plea, or adjudication that occurred as a juvenile or through juvenile court authorities also applies.

Students must complete a criminal history questionnaire at the time of enrollment in the course. All information disclosed will be reviewed by TrainND Northeast and, if necessary, by the North Dakota Department of Health before students will be allowed to begin class or test.

Students who have had a prior felony charge may want to inquire with the North Dakota Nurse Aide Registry regarding their eligibility to work as a CNA prior to registering for training.

For more information contact the North Dakota Nurse Aide Registry:
1720 Burlington Drive, Suite A
Bismarck, ND 58504-7736
Phone:  701-328-2353
Fax:  701-328-1890

WIOA Funding
Would you like to pursue a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) job? Job Service North Dakota may be able to help cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for training through the WIOA program. WIOA is a federal program officially known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Visit or contact an Employment Advisor at one of the nine Workforce Centers across North Dakota to learn more about WIOA.

State CNA Exam
Students are encouraged to take the state certified nurse assistant exam as soon as possible following training. Lake Region State College offers state CNA testing on approximately a monthly basis. Students are encouraged to register for the state exam at the same time as they register for training to secure a timely examination. The cost for the state CNA exam is $250. Students must register no later than one week prior to the exam date. Retesting is available at LRSC. Please note that taking the final exam in the training program will not certify you as a CNA with the State of North Dakota. To become certified, students must register for and take the formal state certified nurse assistant exam. Register for the state CNA exam at Lake Region State College here:

Notice to Students Regarding Prohibition of Charge & Reimbursement Requirements
Students registering for state testing should review the memorandum from North Dakota Health and Human Services regarding being charged for enrollment in state CNA testing or a nurse aide training program. A link to this document can be found in the Additional Resources section below.

Registration & Cancellation Policy
Registration for this course will close 5 days prior to the course start date. Books and a copy of the course syllabus will be mailed to students beginning 7 days prior to the course start date.

Cancellation more than 5 days prior to start of training results in a 25% cancellation fee based on the class fee. Cancellation 5 days or less to the start of training results in no refund.

TrainND Northeast reserves the right to cancel the course due to low enrollment. If enrollment does not meet the minimum requirement, students will be issued a full refund of their registration fees.

By registering for this course, you agree to the attendance policy listed in the sample training program syllabus and the cancellation policy.

Lake Region State College is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, color, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, national origin, veteran's status, marital status, political belief or affiliation, and economic or perceived social status in its admissions, student aid, employment practices, education programs or other related activities. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 may be referred to Sandi Lillehaugen, Human Resource Director, Lake Region State College, 1801 N. College Drive; Office #120, Devils Lake, ND 58301, (701) 662-1543 or the Office of Civil Rights/HHS, 1961 Stout Street, Room 08-148, Denver, CO 80294. The Office of Civil Rights also can be reached by calling (800) 368-1019, faxing (202) 619-3818, TDD (800) 537-7697 or by emailing LRSC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request an accommodation or to request this document in an alternate format, please contact Sandi Lillehaugen, Human Resource Director, Lake Region State College, 1801 N. College Drive; Office #120, Devils Lake, ND 58301, (701) 662-1543, One-week advance notice appreciated.

Course Resources
FERPA Release (PDF Document) : Necessary if a sponsor, employer, or parent needs to be notified about student's progress in the course.
Headmaster State CNA Exam Candidate Handbook
Headmaster 1101ND State CNA Exam Application : Use this link to fill out the state CNA exam application online, save a copy to your computer, then submit via email to
Sample Course Syllabus - Online/Blended CNA Training (PDF Document)
CNA Training Frequently Asked Questions (PDF Document)
ND Health & Human Services Memo Re: Nurse Assistant Training & Testing Prohibition of Charge & Reimbursement (PDF Document)

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