Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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NDSCS offers CNA training and testing for individuals interested in pursing a career in healthcare. NDSCS has a comprehensive pathway beginning with Pre-CNA, CNA, CNA Testing and continuing to NDSCS for credit programs in healthcare.

COVID-19 Considerations

NDSCS is focused on minimizing risk and the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide supportive and impactful experiences for our students. To accomplish this, extra cleaning will be done at our facility and social distancing guidelines will be observed. When social distancing is not possible, NDSCS employees will be wearing face coverings - students and visitors are required to do the same. Disposable face masks will be provided if visitors do not have their own.


For more information and upcoming class dates, call Deanne Sperling at 701-231-6930 or email ndscs.cna@ndscs.edu

Healthcare Class Offerings

Pre-CNA Courses

The SkillsND pre-CNA course is an 18 days / 81 hour class that prepares students for the CNA class.

The class provides the skills needed to be successful in CNA, including:

  • health concepts and vocabulary
  • resume building and career search strategies
  • critical thinking skills 

Emphasis is on building successful study skills to be prepared for the intense CNA course which moves quickly. Students meet income qualifications and test for the course. The course was developed for anyone needing additional time for learning CNA and English language learners.

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"I would not have passed CNA without the pre-CNA class."

- Sarah, Pre-CNA Graduate

CNA Courses

NDSCS offers high quality courses for those entering the CNA field or using the CNA course as a pathway to a nursing career. Emphasis is placed on working with clients in the long-term care setting. The class is currently offered online in Fargo and offerings in Jamestown are a mix of face-to-face and online.

Register for CNA

Course Overview

This course meets ND Health Department requirements for minimum 75 hour class.

Course Objectives

The NDSCS Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class is developed for individuals:

  • Pursuing CNA as a career
  • Planning for a nursing career
  • Who need a class that meets between 15-20 hours per week
  • Who need additional time for study and careful review of healthcare basics


  • CNA Course fee $559
    Course textbook and workbook are provided as part of your class fee.
  • CNA Test is a separate fee of $185


  • NDSCS-Fargo, 1305 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND
  • Jamestown, ND 

Class Cancellation/Refund Policy

Register early to ensure the class will run. Class will be cancelled 7 working days prior to the first day of class and full refunds issued if not enough students enroll. Class size is limited to 15 people. Call to put your name on the the waiting list if the class is full.


First Day of Class Requirements

  • Completed TB Skin Mantoux Test must be submitted to the instructor at the first class.
  • Flu shots, while not required, are encouraged for you to be proactive and get your flue shot promptly. Long-term care facilities require a flu shot for all workers.

General Course Requirements

  • Students must attend all classes as required by the ND Department of Health.
  • Students completing the course, tests, and homework will test for the CNA license at the end of the class.
  • Carefully review the work requirements for CNA available at Onet Online.
CNA Testing

CNA Testing is made available for NDSCS CNA students, other CNA students that need to retest, or people challenging the test without training. NDSCS CNA students take the test after completing the NDSCS class. Student are notified of the testing date during their classroom instruction.

Apply to Test at NDSCS

  1. Complete the NDSCS CNA Testing Application
  2. Complete the ND Nursing Assistant Application
    • Special Instructions for the Training Information section:
      • Challenge testers or people who have taken CNA class from a different facility will check the first box - I have not been enrolled in a NDDH approved training program.
      • NDSCS CNA students will check the second box - I have been enrolled... Leave the next three lines empty; NDSCS will complete these lines.
    • Save the completed form and email to ndscs.cna@ndscs.edu. If unable to email, a printed form may be submitted in person or by mail at: 
      • NDSCS CNA Program
        1305 19th Ave N, Room 136
        Fargo, ND 58102
  3. Select a date for testing by creating an account or signing into an existing account. Click here to schedule an appointment online for testing. Transaction must be completed with a credit card.


  • Knowledge (Written) and Skills test: $185
  • Skills only: $110
  • Written only: $90
  • Oral test for Written: add $10 for the cost of oral testing
    Students must bring their own headset to plug into the computer.

CNA Testing Dates

Tests are conducted approximately two times per month. Dates will be published 1-2 months in advance. These dates are subject to change or cancellation if the minimum number of testers is not met.

2020 Test Dates

  • Tuesday, December 15

2021 Test Dates

  • Tuesday, January 5
  • Wednesday, January 27
  • Wednesday, February 3
  • Wednesday, February 17
  • Wednesday, March 3
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Wednesday, May 5
  • Wednesday, May 19

Preparing to Test

Review the 2020 Candidate Handbook carefully.

  • Page B: Contact information for CNA Test and the ND Department of Health
  • Page 2-4: Exam check-in, identification, instructions and testing policies
  • Page 4-5: Understanding your test results and CNA Verification and printing your card https://services.ndnar.org
  • Page 5: Retaking the test
  • Page 5: Getting your online nurse aide certification online
  • Page 6-7: Knowledge/written test
  • Page 7-8: Skills test 

Cancellations, Refunds & Rescheduling Policy

Cancellations - You may cancel your test five business days before the test date.

  • For example, if the test is on Tuesday, cancellation must be made by 4 p.m. the prior Tuesday. This allows time for NDSCS to contact students on a wait list for testing.
  • This cancels the test with Headmaster and is not considered a test attempt.

Refunds - There are no refunds when you cancel less than five business days before the test or do not show up for testing.

  • There are a limited number of testing slots. By submitting your testing fee, you are holding a spot that another person cannot use.
  • NDSCS provides testing as a service to our community for serious CNA candidates. We are committed to the healthcare industry to provide testing to prospective CNA's.

Rescheduling Policy

  • Due to COVID-19, CNA testing applicants that become ill with COVID-19 or do not meet the health criteria on the day of testing will be allowed to reschedule.
  • Present the documentation for the positive COVID-19 test results at the time you reschedule.
  • Full refunds will be issued due to COVID-19 policies.