Nursing Assistant and Trained Medication Aide

Pine Technical & Community College’s Nursing Assistant & Trained Medication Aide program is the perfect opportunity to train for a rewarding career.

In one semester or less, PTCC’s program will prepare you with the knowledge and clinical skills to work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, adult day care centers, personal homes, and assisted living facilities.

Working as an Nursing Assistant (NA) and Trained Medication Aide (TMA) is an excellent stand-alone career or an excellent way to launch a nursing career; in fact, many LPNs and RNs find their start as NAs or TMAs. 

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Nursing Assistant occupational outlook is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years. As the population ages, job opportunities for NA -R are excellent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In your career as a Nursing Assistant, you will work closely with patients and be responsible for activities of daily living such as checking patients’ vital signs; feeding, grooming and bathing patients; assisting nurses with medical equipment
and conveying vital information on patient conditions to nurses. NA -R may work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and community care facilities for the elderly. The median annual salary for NA -R is $21,000-$34,600. 

The Trained Medication Aide course  includes an overview of metric, apothecary, and household measurement abbreviations, with implications for use with medication administration. Students must be CNA certified before entering the TMA course, as well as be able to pass meds. Upon completion of the course the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course. Becoming a TMA will allow you to distribute patient medications in nursing homes, schools, correctional facilities, or other non-hospital, assisted living facilities for the physically or mentally disabled.

Nursing Assistant & Trained Medication Aide Career Information

This program is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Honors or recognitions for the instructor or program:

In May 2015, a grant was received from HealthForce Minnesota for PTCC to work with an area high school
and long term care health facility partner on the HCCC three course series NA program.

Jen Rancour, Recruitment & Admissions Specialist • 320.629.5189


USDE Professional License Disclosure

Successful completion of the Pine Technical and Community College Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate program will meet the requirements for certification in the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide field. Certification is required by Minnesota as well as by some states to acquire a state license for employment as a certified/licensed Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide.

Federal regulations require that these training programs consist of at least 75 hours of training, including at least 16 hours of supervised practical or clinical training. Minnesota requires this minimum. States that require the same training hours and practical/clinical hours are: 

Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming

If a state required more our programs did not meet the requirements.  Additional requirements such as state-specific examinations, background checks, fees, additional training, experience and coursework, etc. may apply. Nursing Assistant Training Requirements by State can be found at: