Dickinson State University is partnering with St. Luke’s Home of Dickinson to offer a three week CNA course in Dickinson. Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the CNA job market in both Dickinson, ND, and the surrounding area is very active. People working as a CNA in our area are making nearly $17 per hour, $2-3 more than the national median hourly salary of $14.*

*https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/How-Much-Does-a-CNA-Make-an-Hour, 2021

Session Dates and Deadlines 

Upcoming Sessions

  • June 7 - June 25, 2021 (deadline to apply May 24)
  • July 12 - July 30, 2021 (deadline to apply June 28)

Prerequisites and Registration 

Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

Participants must also be able to lift 50 lbs. and be proficient at reading, writing, and speaking English.

Complete the online application form online here.

Class size is limited, and enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists are established once classes have met maximum enrollment.  

  • The cost of this program (typically $625) is currently covered by grant scholarship funding.
  • Class: 45 hours of classroom/lab instruction & final testing, plus 30 hours practice in a clinical setting
  • Required Criminal Background Check, TB and Drug Screening (required for clinical practice)
  • Textbook and Testing (Knowledge & Skills Exams) Fees

Classes will be held on the DSU campus in Klinefelter Hall, with lab-based practice in the Nursing Learning Lab (NLL) in Room 419; clinical training will be provided at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson, ND.

After you register online, you will be required to complete the criminal background check process.  Please email Mary Bachmeier, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Nursing at mary.bachmeier1@dickinsonstate.edu or call 701-483-2133 to begin the application process. Copies of the criminal background check and drug screen results will be provided to each student.

A copy of your official vaccination record must be provided, including the following immunizations (received or at least, in progress): 

  1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines (2 shot series),
  2. Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP),
  3. Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap),
  4. Varicella Zoster – Chicken Pox (2 shots), and
  5. Hepatitis B Vaccination series (3 shots).
  6. In addition, the Influenza vaccination is highly recommended, although not required, and a copy should be included.

Please contact your local public health office and/or your healthcare provider for your records and/or further information. If you need any vaccinations, please note that these are NOT included as part of your CNA course fee.

One-step Tuberculosis (TB) Mantoux Skin Test and Drug Screening are available via DSU Student Health on the designated date and time for participants to be screened. Please contact Mary Bachmeier, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Nursing at mary.bachmeier1@dickinsonstate.edu or call 701-483-2133 for the designated date and time that you must attend.

Failure to provide these health documents will delay your registration process, and your registration will be transferred to the next available training session. Participants will be allowed two (2) transfers before their registration is dropped and will need to complete the application process again. 

Class Schedule 

Classes will typically take 6-8 hours per day, with clinical including five day and/or evening shifts. The Instructor will establish clinical and test schedules which will be given to students after the class begins. 

Housing is available as needed in an assigned DSU residence hall for $15 per night. Contact

Keith James at dsu.housinganddining@dickinsonstate.edu or 701-483-2091 for accommodation details.  


Attendance is mandatory for each scheduled class and clinical session.

The textbook for the course will be provided at the start of the class; each student is required to have a book. 

Students will be required to wear scrub uniforms and have a watch with a second hand. Students must wear clean, closed-toe and heel shoes with a soft sole (tennis shoes are recommended). 

During the course, DSU will supply stethoscopes, gait belts and blood pressure cuffs for students to use. 

Certificate of Completion and Testing 

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to take the hands on skills and web-based knowledge exams on the DSU campus, to earn your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate. 

When you earn the CNA certificate, it is yours to utilize for employment and you will be responsible to the ND Department of Health for subsequent renewal. 

Cancellation Policy 

DSU reserves the right to cancel the course if there are less than six (6) students. Should the class need to be cancelled or rescheduled, participants will be notified one week in advance.   Registered students may be transferred to the next scheduled class or request a partial refund; costs associated with the criminal background check, TB and drug screening are non-refundable.

If a student wishes to transfer or cancel registration, notification must be provided no less than one (1) week prior to the class start date. After this time, a processing fee equal to 10% of the class cost will be incurred, in addition to the costs of the CBC, TB and drug screening. 


Please contact Dr. Jodie Fox, DNP, RN at 507-459-6403 for more information.