Training & Certification Requirements

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Training

Students will need to successfully complete the theory component of a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course prior to starting the nursing program.  For purposes of the nursing department, nursing students do not need to sit for the certification examination or be placed on a state nursing assistant registry.

Finding an approved CNA course to take and payment for the course is the responsibility of the student.

Resources for finding an approved course include the American Red Cross and Northfield Retirement Community.

Students may be eligible to use loan funds or receive a stipend to help them cover the cost of a CNA course.  Please contact the St. Olaf Financial Aid Office or the Piper Center for more information.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Certification

Students in the nursing program must be CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certified by completing a Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course.  The course must include resuscitation of children and adults, one and two-person rescue techniques, and AED use.

CPR certification must be valid for two (2) years.  A course valid for one (1) year will not be accepted.

Finding an approved CPR course to take and payment for the course is the responsibility of the student.

Resources for finding an approved course include the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and Northfield Retirement Community.

St. Olaf Emergency Medical Technicians (SOEMTS) offers CPR courses.  Visit their website for more information.

HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogens

Nursing students will participate in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Blood and Body Fluids Exposure training.  Training will occur at a clinical agency site or within the Nursing Department.  Training is free.