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The healthcare industry in North Dakota relies heavily upon its population of nearly 7,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Aspiring CNAs can anticipate a short journey from student to salaried professional. Programs are just several weeks to a few months in length, and they are offered at a number of inexpensive career and technical colleges.

CNA program overview
Over the course of their training program, CNA students will take courses such as medical terminology, communication, physiology, interpersonal skills, gerontology, and hydration. They will also receive hand-on training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The state of North Dakota has over 50 approved CNA certificate programs, including major enrollments at Bismarck State College, Good Samaritan Society, and North Dakota State College of Science.

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Career trajectory for North Dakota’s CNAs
CNAs usually work under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN) to complete important patient care tasks. Nursing assistants take vital signs, help to feed and dress patients, and assist them with mobility. For their dedication and expertise, North Dakota’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $27,680. Top performers can earn well over $30,000 per year. The state’s largest CNA employers include the Department of Veterans Affairs, St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, and Altru Health System.

To help the state’s future CNAs select an excellent training course, we’ve profiled below several of the top nursing assistant programs in North Dakota.