Thanks for your replies. I'm actually in Minnesota. I've been told that you can test out of the class and as long as you pass the written and skills test, you don't need to have the class time or clinical time. However, I haven't been able to find any "factual" information on how to do that at this time.
I guess it's not that I don't feel that I need the class. I actually would like to take it, and I was looking forward to it... but this girl in my class just took her exam and she had the course almost 2 years ago. She said I would be fine to just take the exam without taking the course...
So I starting thinking, that the only reason I'm taking it is because it is a requirement for admission to nursing school. I won't be working as a nursing assistant, just because I have 3 kids and I am a stay home mom/student. That's what I meant by "need"... I hope I didn't sound like a brat...
I've already registered for the course... and like I said, I am looking forward to it... I'm pretty sure I'm going to take it as I am nervous about the skills part and trying to pass a skills exam that I never had a course on...
I was really leary about this whole idea... But if there was a sliver of a chance that I could try and save that money, I thought I should ask.
Here is the website for the MN Nursing Assts... and I pasted the section about what is required to get on the registry. #2 states that you need to successfully complete the exam, but it doesn't say anywhere how you could do that without taking the course....
Thanks again girls! I really appreciate it!
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]How to Get on the Nursing Assistant Registry
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1. Successfully complete an approved nursing assistant training and competency evaluation program in Minnesota.
2. Successfully pass the Minnesota approved competency test for nursing assistants.
3. Currently be in good standing on the nursing assistant Registry in another state and have worked a minimum of 8 hours as a nursing assistant in that state in the past 24 months.