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Bridge to Healthcare Careers: PreCNA/PCA/CFSS

This course will prepare adult students for the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) certification exams and/or a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification course.  In addition, this course will prepare students to become a resident care assistant at a memory care/assisted living facility.  Students will gain the academic skills, medical terminology, and specific content knowledge and skills needed to pass the PCA/CFSS certification exam, to succeed in a CNA certification course, and/or become a resident care assistant. The course supports learning about the career pathway to become a PCA/CFSS worker, CNA, resident care assistant, and similar careers. || AUTHOR: Mary Grady-Elsenheimer, Rosemount-Apple Valley/Eagan ABE

Introduction to Medical Careers

Focuses primarily on the knowledge and skills needed to enter a CNA community-based training course. Content is based on sections of the CNA exam – hygiene, nutrition, bowel & bladder, infection control, data collection, restorative skills, psychosocial care, etc. || AUTHOR: Nikki Carson, Minnesota Literacy Council

Introduction to Nursing Assistant (Hubbs)

This course builds vocabulary, an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a CNA, core medical knowledge and communication skills.  It is designed as a hybrid – some in-class time and some independent online study. Each unit includes vocabulary and content activities. Each unit ends with a multiple-choice quiz on the vocabulary and content. At the end of the course, the students are given a comprehensive multiple-choice final exam.

Introduction to Nursing Assistant (Pre-CNA) Course

Course builds vocabulary and basic understanding of all aspects of the CNA role in a health-care setting. Primary textbook is Mosby’s Basic Skills for Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care, which also includes videos. || AUTHOR: Stacy Bennig and Kathy Bjornson, St. Paul ABE


Provides a broad overview on a variety of skills and vocabulary needed to be a CNA. Students learn about various healthcare settings along with important workplace vocabulary, soft skills and potential career pathways. Students explore math necessary to be a CNA and gain knowledge of personal finance math. || AUTHOR: Linnea Lebens, Duluth ABE

Prepare to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (Moodle)

Covers all aspects of a Certified Nursing Assistant’s job responsibilities. Test prep section provides performance skills videos for all 21 skills required in CNA test and an interactive simulation game. A link to an “official” practice test is provided. || AUTHOR: Saint Paul ABE

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