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Certified Nursing Assistants

Hiring and Training


For information on employment opportunities, visit the Long Term Care Association of North Dakota or Job Service ND.



There are a variety of CNA training options available. One option would be to complete training through an approved program offered at select high schools and colleges in North Dakota.

Another option is training paid for by a potential employer. All North Dakota nursing homes cover training costs if they decide to hire you and you have been trained by an approved nurse aide training program.

Training requirements include:

  • Explain any criminal history that might relate to caring for people, submitting explanations to the North Dakota Department of Health for review
  • Attend approved training, beginning with 16 hours in a classroom covering these areas:
    • Communication and interpersonal skills o Infection control
    • Safety and emergency procedures to include the Heimlich maneuver
    • Promoting resident independence
    • Respecting resident rights
  • Complete an additional 16 hours of hands-on-skills training in basic nursing and personal care skills
  • The remainder of the 75-hour training should include the areas of:
    • Mental health and social service needs
    • Care of residents or clients with cognitive impairments
    • Basic restorative services
    • Patient rights

After training is concluded, CNA students must pass an approved Competency test which has been approved by the ND Department of Health. This includes written questions and a hands-on skills test to demonstrate knowledge in performing various skills.

Once you are certified as a CNA, you must maintain your certification and renew with the North Dakota Department of Health nurse aide registry every two years.