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Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency Exam

The NNAAP Examination is an evaluation of nursing assistant related knowledge, skills, and abilities. The NNAAP Examination is made up of both a Written (or Oral) Examination and a Skills Evaluation that are administered on the same day. The purpose of the NNAAP Examination is to make sure that you understand and can safely perform the job of an entry level nursing assistant. You must pass both parts in order to be certified and listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry.


You are eligible to take the examinations for certification as a nursing assistant or nursing assistant/home health aide in Minnesota if you qualify under one of the following routes:

You have completed a state-approved nursing assistant training program. You must take the NA written and skills evaluation tests.

You have completed a state-approved nursing assistant/home health aide training program. You must take the NA/HHA written and skills evaluation tests.

You are a candidate who does not meet any of the other eligibility routes listed above. Examples are: 1) if you were trained in another country; 2) if you have not taken a nursing assistant program; 3) if you have not worked as a nursing assistant in the last two years; 4) if you are from another state and do not qualify for reciprocity in Minnesota; or 5) if you are a student nurse or graduate nurse candidate. You must take the NA written and skills evaluation tests.

If you are testing under route 1 or 2, your completed application form must be signed in the appropriate place by your instructor. If you are testing under route 3, you will return the completed application with “77777” entered in section 4.

The state competency exam is scheduled at least once a month on each campus. You should plan for a minimum of four hours from start to finish including some waiting time. Upcoming test dates are: 

East Grand Forks Test Schedule

  • July 30, 2015 - 10:00 am

  • August 18, 2015 - 10:00 am


Thief River Falls Test Schedule

  • TBD

Pre-registration with payment is required no later than one week prior to the test. Applications and paperwork for testing can be mailed to you upon request or picked up in person.


Upcoming Nursing Assistant Courses and Testing Dates

  • Nursing Assistant & Test-Out Challengers - $160
  • Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide - $160
  • Written Retake Test - $85
  • Skills Retake Test - $95

What to Bring

  • Two forms of identification. One form needs to be a picture I.D.
  • Two No. 2 pencils (no pens or mechanical pencils)

Study Material

Download a Candidate Handbook to study for the test or a Nurse Aide Practice Written Examination.

Contact Information

  • Debra Beland
  • Adjunct Healthcare Instructor
  • East Grand Forks
  • (218) 793-2616