State of Minnesota (MN)

by admin on July 4, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Non-licensed HHAs are permitted to work in private homes in MN. They typically get hired by non-medical home care agencies and are given these types of assignments. An HHA who gets licensed (i.e. who completes the state-accredited training course) may work in Medicare or Medicaid reimbursed skilled nursing environments such as nursing homes and hospitals.
As such, they are treated the same as CNAs, both types of aides needing only to complete the state accredited training course. Here is how the state puts it:
“… The Minnesota Department of Health manages the Nursing Assistant Registry which lists the names of aides who have completed an approved nursing assistant training and testing program and meet state and federal requirements to work in certified nursing homes and certified boarding care homes.”
Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Fed rules govern eligibility; you must be a citizen, green card holder, or in possession of a work permit; you must also produce a social security number to all employers same
Type of Certification They don’t issue certificates; instead, you get listed on the Nurse Assistant Registry, and employers verify your qualifications online same
Application Form A filled application form is required together with copies of training diploma, work eligibility, Immunization results, background check, Photo ID, 2 photos, and money order for the Registry Same (it is important to get on the Registry, even if unlicensed, for that is where employers verify the aide’s current circumstances)
Age There is no minimum age requirement Depends on employer requirements
Driver’s License No driver’s license required as long as you can produce a photo ID Employer requirements apply
Education Level High school diploma not required Employer requirements apply
Training hours & where A minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, including practical training. Schools will have different schedules and number of hours, as long as they are accredited by the State. Same (if you wish to get licensed)
Competence Training 16 of the above 75 hours have to be in skills practice same
Experience No prior professional experience required. 1 year of professional caregiving required to enable you to work as a Companion/Homemaker in a private home
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. same
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required (blanks provided with application form) same
Background checks Applicants must undergo state and FBI background checks same
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos (other requirements per above “Application Form”) Depends on employer (assume the same)
Exam There is no state exam, only the end-of-training exam and competency tests same
Licensed in another state? Reciprocity is granted for equivalence, meaning if your license is from a state that has an equivalent curriculum (it must also be current and without blemishes) same
Useful links http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/profinfo/narinfo/aboutnar.html

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/profinfo/narinfo/aboutnar.html#Purpose

 

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