Nursing Assistant Testing

Get Certified!

You've finished your nursing assistant training and now you're looking to get certified.

The next step is to take the Nursing Assistant Knowledge and Skills Tests.

The Nursing Assistant Tests measure the preparedness of nursing assistant students to enter the field. To become a Certified Nursing Assistant you'll need to pass both tests.

The Nursing Assistant Tests consists of two exams:

  • The Knowledge Test — which can be administered virtually or in-person depending on the testing site.
  • The Skills Test — which is administered in-person at a testing site.

See the links below to find dates, times, and locations that meet your needs. Please check back for additional testing dates and locations. There are options to take the knowledge and skills test on the same or different days.

Find and Register for the Nursing Assistant Tests

Reminder — you will need to pass both tests to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Minnesota State offers large group testing events. Contact your campus for further details. Not sure who to contact? Fill out a form on the Contact Us page.

For information regarding nurse aides working under the 1135 waiver during a public emergency please visit:

The Minnesota Department of Health recently transitioned to a new nursing assistant test vendor, Headmaster LLP. Test candidates will now benefit from streamlined communication, more consistent test site processes, and quick/easy access to test results.

Testing Attire

  • You must be in full clinical attire (scrubs)
  • No open-toed shoes allowed
  • Long hair must be pulled back

Other Changes

  • Please follow campus COVID-19 protocols as outlined in your confirmation email
  • Please check the Minnesota Candidate Handbook and the Minnesota Mock Skills on The Minnesota Nurse Aid Testing Services page for updates on vocabulary list and Skills Test procedure changes.

Contact Us

Whether you are looking for training for your workforce, help connecting to industry experts, or any other need, our trained support staff is available to answer your questions and connect you with resources. 

Live chat, email questions, or call us to connect to solutions for your workforce. We look forward to assisting you! 

Toll-free: 833-905-WORK
International: +1-651-5568456
MN Relay: 800-627-3529