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Title: Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Certification
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Description: Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Subject: Health Care
Health Professionals
Creation Date: 10/15/2010 2:49:00 PM
Modification Date: 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Agency Name: Human Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of
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Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) offers programs for health care, child support, food support, general assistance, nursing home care, seniors, people who are deaf, people who have developmental disabilities, foster care, child protection and adult and children's mental health services.
Agency Phone: 651-431-2000
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St. Paul
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Minn. Rules 9505.0335

Training requirements

A personal care assistant must show successful completion of a training requirement in items A to E:

A. a nursing assistant training program or its equivalent for which competency as a nursing assistant is determined according to a test administered by the State Board of Technical Colleges;

B. a homemaker home health aide preservice training program using a curriculum recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health;

C. an accredited educational program for registered nurses or licensed practical nurses;

D. a training program that provides the assistant with skills required to perform personal care assistant services specified in subpart 8, items A to N; or

E. determination by the personal care provider that the assistant has, through training or experience, the skills required to perform the personal care services specified in subpart 8, items A to N. Minnesota statute requires all PCAs to take pass a certification test. You may take the training and test as often as needed. However, you must pass:

  • Before enrolling with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Within one year after training is available if already enrolled with DHS and affiliated with a PCA provider agency

This online course and test is free. You must register with DHS before taking the certification test.

Individualized Personal Care Assistance Training

Rules: 9505.0335


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Personal care assistance

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Minnesota Department of Human Services

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