Start Your Health Care Career Here
The lower level at Cook County Higher Education is comprised almost entirely of a large classroom supporting health care education. The “Mark Abrahamson” room houses three hospital beds, CPR dummies, a hand-washing center, and other equipment necessary for teaching the most popular medical courses. We offer on site instruction in a variety of courses including Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid, Trained Medication Administration, CPR, First Aid, and mentoring for taking the Nursing Assistant Test Out Exam.
By giving students the knowledge and opportunities to grow and improve their lives and economic status, by instilling the ethic of care, and by providing great care and treatment to patients, Mark’s influence makes Cook County a better place.
Mark (Medical Class Instructor) has not only taught us all the basics of nursing but he has inspired us all to push past the basics and reach for more.
Mark (Medical Class Instructor) wholeheartedly throws himself into teaching new nurses and nursing assistants. His passion for caring for people and compassion for people makes Cook County a better place, by giving students the knowledge and opportunities to grow and better their lives and economic status, by instilling the ethic of care into those students, and for all the patients receiving great care and treatment from all the people Mark influenced. I am personally very grateful to Mark for taking time out of his busy life to work with me on my skills test-outs for the Itasca Practical Nursing program. I appreciate it more than words can express.
CCHE Grads Have Job Opportunities
CCHE participants learn locally and get jobs locally.
In 2018, North Shore Health employed the following CCHE participants:
- 44 Nursing Assistant Registry workers (NARs)
- 10 Trained Medication Assistants (TMAs – all of these are also NARs)
- 5 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs – all of whom were also NARs)
- 8 Registered Nurses (RNs – 2 who were NAR and LPN, 3 who were also NARs)
According to the MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development [DEED], in 2016 the 7-county Northeast Minnesota region was home to 895 health care and social assistance establishments providing 33,659 jobs. The industry accounted for 23.8 percent of total employment in the region, making it easily the largest in the region, well ahead of retail trade (17,550 jobs) and accommodation and food services (14,843 jobs).
The need for health care jobs in on the rise. In fact, the 2,155 job vacancies reported by northeast MN health care and social assistance employers in the fourth quarter of 2016 was the highest number ever posted. See details of the Health Care Job Market.
Despite economic fluctuations in the region across other industries, health care and social assistance providers in Northeast Minnesota continually added jobs over the past 16 years. Health care and social assistance accounted for 16.9 percent of total jobs in 2000, but after gaining just over 10,000 jobs from 2000 to 2016, the industry now comprises 23.8 percent of total employment, the highest share it has ever provided. While the number of jobs across the total of all industries has expanded 1.2 percent from 2000 to 2016, the health care and social assistance industry has jumped 42.5 percent (see Figure 1).
Emergency Medical Technician [EMT] Training and Certification
You must obtain a State of Minnesota EMT certification in order to legally practice as an EMT.
- 18 years old or older
- High School diploma or a GED
- Valid driver’s license
- Proof of immunizations
- Current CPR Healthcare Provider certification (which can be completed at CCHE)
- Complete an Emergency Medical Technician Basic course
- Pass the written and practical state examinations for EMT
- Pass a criminal background check
- Register with the State of Minnesota
CCHE offers the EMT and EMR Initial Courses
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course is offered in Grand Marais at CCHE over Interactive Television with local skills instruction, offered by Advanced MN.
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Course is also offered in Grand Marais at CCHE over Interactive Television, offered by Advanced MN. EMR certification allows you to volunteer in the ambulance department.
CCHE offers EMT Testing via FISDAP at our Campus
North Shore Health Ambulance Department has full-time EMT/Labor Pool Positions [72-hours per pay-period] available. This position will have call hours and rotation of weekends and holidays. The starting wage is $16.72 per hour. Under certain circumstances, North Shore Health will reimburse students for the cost of taking the EMT course. Please contact us for details.
Nursing Assistant [NA] Training and Certification
The Minnesota Department of Health maintains the Nursing Assistant Registry, which lists the names of individuals who have completed an approved nursing assistant training and testing program and meet state and federal requirements to work in nursing homes and certified boarding care homes.
- High School diploma or a GED
- Pass background check (with fingerprinting)
- Proof of a negative TB test (from within 6 months)
- Proof of immunizations
Offered at CCHE in conjunction with Mesabi Range College and North Shore Health. Interested in participating?
Contact Jon Moe at email@example.com or
CCHE Student Support Coordinator at support@myCCHE.org
- 35 hours of self-paced education via online training
- 24 hours of hands-on training in a Skills Lab
- 16 hours of Clinical Experience
NA Testing Exam
- Prepare for the NATO Exam by taking the OnTrack Nursing Assistant Class
- Pass the NATO EXAM
- Register with the state
- Exam Test Booklet
- Skills for NA candidates
- NA Practice Written Test
How to Stay on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry
Nursing assistants must report their nursing assistant employment. You must perform independently at least eight (8) hours of paid nursing assistant duties every 24 months to stay on the Registry. (A 24 month lapse of employment will result in expired Registry status.) Tasks must be similar to those performed in a nursing home. Orientation and training will not be accepted.