Nurse Aide

High School Juniors and Seniors Only

Build your nursing career foundation by learning Certified Nurse Aide skills and earning three state certifications: Long Term Care Nurse Aide, Medication Administration Technician, and Home Health Aide. Nurse aides are also known as nursing assistants, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, and patient care technicians. Nurse Aides provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks in long term care facilities, hospitals, and patients'/residents' homes under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Specific tasks vary with aides handling many aspects of a patient's/resident's care. They are the principal caregivers and have more contact with residents and patients than do other members of the health care team. They often help patients/residents eat, dress, bathe, toilet, take vital signs, help patients and provide skin care. Aides make important observations of the patient’s/resident's physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff. Students will be given the opportunity to apply the theory they learn in the classroom during practical clinical experiences. The clinical experience may extend beyond regular class time. MNTC Tech Reps are available to assist students in coordinating a schedule that causes minimal disruption to the student's high school class schedule. Students must provide their own transportation to clinicals.

Program Details

Who can attend?

This career program is open to high school juniors and seniors.

  • High school students can attend half day, A.M. or P.M., to be decided during career advisement session.


Course Name
First Aid
Health Careers Core Curriculum
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Terminology
Long Term Care Nurse Aide
Home Health Care Nursing Assistant (Deeming)
Total Class Hours: 525



  • Must be 16 year old by first day of class or have Assistant Director approval
  • Current Immunization (required by first day of class)
  • Transportation to Clinical Sites (required prior to first day of clinical rotations

Class Times

  • Start Date: August
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • A.M. Hours: 
    • NPS 9:15 - 12:05;
    • MPS 9:35 - 12:25
  • P.M. Hours: 
    • NPS: 1:15 - 4:10
    • MPS: 1:15 - 4:10
  • Evening Hours: N/A
  • High school students can attend half day, A.M. or P.M., to be decided during career advisement session.


Credentials Available

Certifications Available:

  • Long Term Care Nurse Aide (LTC)
  • Home Health Aide Deeming (HHA)
  • ASHI Medic Update First Aid


Is this program right for me?


  • Oral Expression
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Information Orders
  • Speech Clarity
  • Trunk Strength
  • Written Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Time Management
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Service Orientation

Completion & Positive Placement Rate

  • On-Time Adult Completion Rate: N/A - High School Only
  • Positive Placement Rate: 85.71%

Positive Placement Rate includes Military, Continuing Education and all Employment, related or not related. The rate information provided below is based on the most current data available.

Potential Occupations

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Medical Assistants
  • Hospital Aides
  • Assisted Living and/or Residential Care Aides
  • Social and Human Service Assistants




Potential Wages

Nurse Assistants

  • US - $9.94 - $18.57 Hourly; $20,680 - $38,630 Annually

  • OK - $9.58 - $14.98 Hourly; $19,920 - $31,160 Annually

SOC Code: 31-1014.00 - Nursing Assistants

Home Health Aides

  • US - $8.87 - $15.03 Hourly; $18,450 - $31,260 Annually
  • OK - $8.23 - $16.10 Hourly; $17,120 - $33,490 Annually

SOC Code: 31-1011.00 - Home Health Aides


Career Profile

Nurse Aide Help Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there prerequisites for this program?

A:  Refer to the "Prerequisites" tab above.

Q: Does MNTC require student ID badges?

A: Yes. All students and staff must wear an MNTC badge while on campus. Pictures for badges are taken during the registration process.

Q: How much does this program cost?

A: Refer to the "expenses" tab above.

Q: I can't attend during the daytime, do you offer night classes?

A: This long-term program is not available in the evening. You might consider one of our short-term health classes or programs!

Q: Is financial aid available for this program?

A: No, this program is already tuition free because it is only open to high school students.

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: For this program, you will need to speak with an MNTC Career Advisor. Set up your free career advisement today!

Q: What are possible occupations for me?

A: Refer to the "Potential Occupations" tab above.

Q: What certifications are available?

A: Refer to the "Credentials Available" tab above.

Q: What is the cost of this program?

A: Refer to the "cost" tab above.

Q: What kind of job could I get from this program?

A: Refer to the "potential occupations" tab above.

Q: What kind of testing is required prior to getting into the program?

A: Testing information is available during your meeting with an MNTC Career Advisor. 

Q: When does the program start?

A: Refer to the "class times" tab above.

Q: Who can apply?

A: Refer to the "Who can attend?" tab above.

Q: Why is this program only available to high school students?

A: While most of our career programs are open to adult and high school students, this program is designed with career and college exploration for high school students in mind.

Q: Will MNTC help me find job opportunities during or after I finish the program?

A: Yes! Our Career and College Connection team coordinate career and college fairs on campus throughout the year. They also help with resumes, interviews, employment opportunities, etc. Additionally, internships are may be available to eligible students.