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Nurse Assistant Testing

The purpose of the competency evaluation is to ensure that individuals who provide personal care services to nursing facility residents and/or home health clients have the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform these duties. The competency evaluation consists of a skills examination and a multiple choice written/oral examination. Participants will be tested on five randomly selected skills as directed by the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
You will be informed of your official test results the day of the examination. After successfully completing the competency evaluation, you will be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. This registration can be transferred easily to North Dakota and most other states.

Scheduled test dates:

M State Campus




Detroit Lakes

900 Highway 34 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Kathy Schaefer

(218) 299-6903

(800) 426-5603
ext. 6903

09/17/14 - 4 pm

10/15/14 - 4 pm

11/05/14 - 4 pm





Test location:
M State - Moorhead
North Campus

1110 14th Street S
Moorhead, MN


1900 28th Ave South
Moorhead, MN 56560

Kathy Schaefer

(218) 299-6903

(800) 426 -5603
ext. 6903

08/21/14 - 9 am

08/28/14 - 3 pm

09/04/14 - 9 am

10/10/14 - 9 am

11/06/14 - 9 am

11/10/14 - 3 pm

01/08/15 - 9 am








Fergus Falls

1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Kathy Schaefer

(218) 299-6903

(800) 426-5603 ext. 6903


10/09/14 - 4 pm

11/20/14 - 4 pm




405 Colfax Ave SW
Wadena, MN 56482

Sonja Amundson
(218) 631-7883
(800) 247-2007
ext. 7883



Nursing Assistant Training

This 77-hour Certified Nursing Assistant course is recommended for individuals interested in nursing careers or seeking employment as Certified Nursing Assistants.

The course introduces concepts of basic human needs in simple terms. Students will learn to assist residents in activities of daily living.

The course is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health and will focus on basic nursing skills presented through the use of lectures, textbooks, handout materials and demonstrations. Skills are demonstrated and practiced in a supervised laboratory setting and clinical environment.

All students must have a background study done at the beginning of the course as a state requirement for clinical placement in Minnesota.

Completion of this course enables students to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation. The competency evaluation has a separate fee of $150.

After successfully completing the competency evaluation, individuals will be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. This registration can be transferred easily to North Dakota and most other states.

Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of this course.


Medication Administration II (North Dakota Approved) / Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel (Minnesota Approved)

This course is designed to train personnel who will be administering medications in settings, such as nursing homes, in North Dakota or Minnesota.

The 48-hour classroom/lab course meets Minnesota requirements for medication administration. This 48-hour course, plus an additional 32-hour clinical component (following the classroom portion), meets North Dakota requirements as a Medication Assistant II. Students must be sponsored by their employing North Dakota facility to participate in the clinical component. Students may elect to take the 48-hour classroom/lab instruction only. The 32-hour clinical component can be completed at a later date (within 6 months) after securing a sponsoring North Dakota facility through employment. This course can be taught in your community. Call Karen at 218.299.6586 for details.

Prerequisite: Current Minnesota Nursing Assistant or North Dakota Certified Nursing Assistant registry status. Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Home Rules also state unlicensed nursing personnel who administer medications in a Minnesota nursing home must have completed a nursing assistant training program approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.


Continuing Education for Nurses, Dental and Health Professionals

All workshops are designed with careful consideration for the continuing education guidelines for health professionals in North Dakota and Minnesota. However, it is your responsibility to determine whether a program meets your individual re-registration requirements. Verification and appropriate materials will be provided.

Please contact Karen Schumacher by email or by phone at 218.299.6586 or 800.426.5603 ext. 6586 for more information about contact hours. M State is a preapproved continuing education provider for North Dakota social workers.

To register for the Northern Plains Conference on Aging and Disability, click here and choose Browse Classes.


Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation Sedation

This 12-hour course will focus on preparing the dental assistant or dental hygienist for the safe, effective administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation as required by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry. The course consists of 6 hours of didactic instruction (4 hours of outside preparation and 2 hours of lecture) and 6 hours of supervised clinical experience using fail-safe sedation equipment capable of positive pressure respiration. The clinical session is structured for each participant to administer three individual supervised cases of sedation.


Fire Training

The Fire Training program prepares firefighters and rescue personnel to meet the demands of today's emergency services. Tell us the needs of your department, and we will provide the training.

See attached schedule for a list of fire and rescue seminars in Detroit Lakes on March 8 & 9, 2014.


ICD-10 Medical Coding

Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS: Coding Level 101

This class will give coding professionals and other users an overview of the upcoming changes and the differences between ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. This will enable your organization to make the assessments necessary to identify the educational needs now in preparation of a more detailed and advanced training closer to the implementation date of October 1, 2014.

Critical areas include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, documentation practices, and pharmacology. This preparation will benefit your organization before ICD-10 implementation by determining needed resource allocation, change management, and staff time and education.While ICD-10-CM (diagnosis coding) has a different look, it feels close to our current ICD-9 system and retains the traditional ICD format and many of the same conventions. However, ICD-10-PCS has drastically different concepts, and the training period will be much longer. The two systems will be reviewed to prepare you for more in-depth training at a later date. Early preparation is key to success in a manageable, phased-in approach.

Professional coding organizations will be requiring continuing education and/or re-certification tests. This program has been approved for 2 CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

See the attached brochure for other class possibilities.


Minnesota Commerical Vehicle Inspection Recertification

This mandatory course is designed to provide recertification for commercial and/or self-truck inspectors already in commercial vehicle inspection. Individuals whose certification has expired must complete this recertification course to renew within six months of expiration date. Participants are required to bring their current certification number and business address.If you need information for the full certification class, contact: Alexandria Technical College at 1.320.762.4490 or 1.888.234.1313 ext. 4490.


Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) offers the most complete motorcycle training available. Students must complete 14.5 hours of integrated instruction: 4.5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours of practice on a training motorcycle. This course is divided into two phases: Level 1 concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills: straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. Level 2 includes limited-space maneuvers, counter-steering, cornering, and swerving. Minnesota law requires motorcyclists under age 18 to pass an approved Driver Skills Training course. While no previous motorcycle riding experience is required, it can be beneficial. Students must be able to ride a bicycle and must possess a valid driver's license or motor vehicle instruction permit. Each student must furnish his or her own protective clothing and DOT-approved helmet. 100% attendance is mandatory.

If you are 18 years old or older, you must obtain a motorcycle PERMIT prior to taking the BRC to receive your motorcycle endorsement. Permits can be obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Services exam station. You must have a valid driver's license to receive your motorcycle license.

If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to take the Basic Rider Course to receive your motorcycle permit. You must have a vehicle driver's license or instruction permit.

See attached brochure for class schedule.


Continuing Education for Electrical Occupations

To meet the educational needs of electricians and communication professionals, we provide quality continuing education and training programs for the electrical and power limited workforce. Open the attached flyers to see what's being offered in the near future.


Steam Engineering

Boiler Engineering

This 24-hour course covers steam and hot water boiler and heating plant operations. Students are prepared for the Minnesota Grade C Boiler License (Special through Chief).

Location: M State- Moorhead
1900 28th Avenue South, Room A119
Moorhead, MN
Fee: $350.00 (Includes tuition, textbook, workbook and all materials.)

Stationary Boilers Low Pressure Review

This 8-hour course is designed to help the prospective engineer to execute his/her job more safely and efficiently. Special emphasis will be on preparing for the State Boiler Examination.

Participants will be able to:
Define Minnesota State boiler laws and regulations
Identify steam boiler components and purpose
Identify liquid boiler components and purpose
List boiler classification and types
Identify ASME code symbols
Identify ASME code operating and testing procedures
Identify State boiler license terminology
Review safe operational habits
Provide information on licensing
Clarification, questions and answers concerning State examination
Participate in practice examination

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013 or Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tom Hall
Location: M State-Moorhead, Room A115
1900 28th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN
Fee: $95.00 (Includes handout materials.)See attached flyer for more information.


Welding Training

Welding Training is available through company contracts as customized training based on the needs of your company.

American Welding Society standards are incorporated and students can achieve Welder Qualifications/Certifications. An AWS Certified Welding Inspector, Educator and Welder is instructing.

See attached flyer for the Training Facility capabilities. For your reference, a master schedule of the welding trailer is attached. If we have open dates that you are interested in scheduling, please contact G.L. Tucker at 218.846.3763 or 218.849.0243 for more information.

Last modified: February 18th, 2014 at 11:49am