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Nursing Assistant Training Program

The Samaritan Bethany Nursing Assistant Training Program is a state-certified program preparing students for a career in healthcare.  Sheila Erickson, RN, is the program coordinator.

                Sessions Offered:

Samaritan Bethany holds three seven-week, part-time class sessions per year.  There are also two special four-week, full-time class sessions held during the summer for college-bound students who are entering a nursing program or another medical field.

  • Daytime classes (9 a.m. -1 p.m.) begin in January (January 6 – February 18, 2020).

  • Evening classes (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) begin in March (March 23 – April 30, 2020) and September (September 30 – November 12, 2019) and (September 21 – November 3, 2020).

  • Summer sessions for college students (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) are held in June and July. These classes usually have a waiting list – call soon as they fill quickly.  Summer classes for 2020 are June 1 – June 30, 2020 and July 13 – August 7, 2020.

                Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are the classes held?

The classroom is located in the corporate office of Samaritan Bethany.  Enter at 24 8th St NW and proceed to the corporate office.  The classes are held in our on-site training center. Clinicals are at Samaritan Bethany, offering students the unique opportunity to experience clinicals in the Household Model that Samaritan Bethany has adopted, rather than the traditional nursing home setting. See the difference for yourself!

  • How many students per class?

The class size is a maximum of 10 students.

  • How much does it cost?

The cost for the program is $700, including the cost of books.  The fee for taking the state test is separate.

  • Is there an reimbursement for the cost of the class?

After completion of the course and passing the state tests, you will be a Nursing Assistant/Registered. When you become employed at a licensed skilled nursing facility in Minnesota, the nursing home is required to reimburse you for the cost of the class and testing.

  • How do I get my name on the waiting list?

To have your name placed on the waiting list for a future class, please express your interest in a specific class (i.e., July 2019) and provide your name and phone number in an email to Sheila Erickson at or Janet Hofschulte at

  • When I am done with the course, what can I do for work?

Students who successfully complete this course and pass the state nursing assistant exam and skills test are listed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry.  Registry certification is required in order to work in skilled nursing home settings in Minnesota.  Those interested in working in a hospital setting should contact a technical college nursing department for information on additional courses to be eligible for hospital nursing assistant positions.


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