TrainND Northeast

TrainND Northeast, part of the North Dakota Workforce Training System, has offices in Devils Lake and Grand Forks to provide a multitude of training and opportunities for North Dakota's workforce. Distance learning is another alternative for training and TrainND Northeast offers several online certificate training programs to choose from.


Other forms of training are as follows:

TrainND provides training for North Dakota businesses and industries, enhancing their ability to compete globally.

TrainND Northeast meets the workforce needs of business and industry in northeast North Dakota by serving as facilitator and coordinator in the arrangement and delivery of training.

TrainND Northeast covers 10 counties in northeast North Dakota including Rolette, Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Benson, Ramsey, Walsh, Eddy, Nelson, and Grand Forks counties.

TrainND Values
Timely: provided WHEN our customers need it
Relevant: designed for WHAT our customers need
Adaptable: customized to SUIT our customers' needs
Innovative: developed with CURRENT trends in mind
Natural: instructors who FIT the topic and the audience
Networked: statewide partnerships to COLLABORATE efficiently
Dependable: committed to RESPOND promptly

Business Training

Designed to serve the specific needs of business and industry. Whether you are looking for consulting services, training workshops, custom curriculum development, or a staff development program, we can help. Our subject matter experts will work with you to create a program customized to meet the needs of your organization. We can provide full-day, half-day, or evening sessions for your employees and provide training at our location or yours.

  • Basic Skills/Windows
  • Email Netiquette
  • Internet
  • Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Office
  • Basic PhotoShop
  • QuickBooks
  • Website Design
  • Air Brake Adjustment
  • Alcohol Server Responsibility
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Commercial Driver Safety
  • Emergency Response Certification
    • CPR, First Aid & AED
    • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
  • Health Careers
    • Nurse Assistant
    • Qualified Service Provider
    • Certified Medication Assistant
  • Medical Transcription
  • Law Enforcement
  • OSHA
  • Packaging & Processing
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Safety for the Workplace
  • Wind Technician
  • ASL & ESL for the
  • Diverse Workplace
  • Board of Director Training
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Customer Service
  • Communications
  • Dealing with Diverse and Different People
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Generational Diversity
    • Personality Types
    • Multicultural Teams
    • Dealing with Angry People
  • Ergonomics
  • Interview Methods
  • Leadership and Management
  • Managing Change
  • Marketing
  • Motivation
  • Professional Image
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Building
  • Workplace
  • Harassment Awareness
  • Work Site Safety

Health Training

Health training with TrainND Northeast is meant to help strengthen North Dakota's health industry demands and develop a competent healthcare workforce. TrainND Northeast offers a variety of health training programs including Intravenous (IV) Certification, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), and Qualified Service Provider (QSP).

Innovative eight-week blended online class includes 30 hours of online theory and a required four-hour face-to-face skills validation session. Designed for an LPN to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to perform selected components in the management of intravenous therapy. 

Continuing Education:
30 Contact Hours from the ND Board of Nursing

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Put your passion to work and become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) with training from TrainND Northeast at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND.

Nurse Assistant training is offered as non-credit career training through TrainND Northeast at Lake Region State College. Students interested in training need not apply to the college to attend.

Face-to-Face Classroom Training

  • This 80-hour training program consists of a combination of nurse assistant theory, lab, and clinical instruction. Students attend this course in person on the Lake Region State College campus in Devils Lake, ND according to a predetermined schedule.

  • This option is approved by North Dakota Department and Human Services. Students who self-pay for this training may be eligible for reimbursement of their training fees following employment.

Hybrid Training (Online & Classroom)

  • This 75-hour training program consists of a combination of online and in-person training across a period of 6 weeks. Students begin with 4 weeks (43 hours) of class through Blackboard, completing assignments each week with most assignments due on Sundays. Following the 4 weeks of online coursework, students meet in person on the Lake Region State College campus to learn nurse assistant skills hands-on. Skills lab is typically scheduled as two 8-hour days. Following completion of the lab, students attend 16 hours of in-person clinical in Devils Lake. Clinical location varies, however, it is typically held either on campus or at a nearby long-term care facility.

  • Upon successful completion of the program, students are scheduled to take the state certification exam on campus in Devils Lake.

  • The North Dakota Department of Health approves this option. Students who self-pay for this training may be eligible for reimbursement of their training fees following employment.

Online Theory Only

  • A 43-hour online course is offered over 4 weeks. Students access the course through Blackboard, completing assignments each week.
  • Lab and clinicals are not included.
  • The theory-only option is ideal for students employed by facilities who need to complete nurse assistant training, however, cannot attend the in-person lab and clinical portion of the full formal training program on the LRSC campus. This option is best suited for students who can practice skills with their employers.
  • Students who complete this training may sit for the state certification exam at an additional fee.

Face-to-Face Refresher

  • A 12-hour in-person review course of nurse assistant theory and hands-on skills to prepare students for the state certification exam.
  • Appropriate for the following audiences:
    • Prior CNAs who have let their state Certification lapse,
    • Individuals who have experience as a Qualified Service Provider (QSP) or as a personal care provider in a group home setting, or 
    • Current nursing students who have already completed coursework on basic nursing skills.

Custom Training

  • Custom training options regarding nurse assistant training and skills validation may be available for facilities in the northeast region of North Dakota. Coursework, training date(s) time, and location may be customized depending on the needs of the facility. Contact TrainND at 701-662-1578 or for more information.

Program Details

Caring for the sick, disabled, and elderly as a Nurse Assistant is physically demanding yet personally rewarding, and the demand for certified caregivers is high. Currently, Job Service of North Dakota has over 450 open positions posted for CNAs throughout the state.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) employment is expected to grow 21 percent nationally between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average for all positions. With its growing elderly population, the US will have an increased demand for caregivers, particularly in-home and community-based long-term care centers, developmental disability care facilities, and respite care services. To work as a CNA, you need to complete a state-approved training class and pass a certification exam. Certified Nurse Assistant training and certification may also be required for some medical degree programs, including registered nursing.

Are there prerequisites for Nurse Assistant training?
It depends upon whether a portion of the training will take place in a long-term care facility. See below:

  • If the scheduled class will be held entirely on the Lake Region State College campus or online, there are no prerequisites for the training unless otherwise stated. You may contact TrainND at 701-662-1578 to inquire.

  • If the scheduled class will be held clinically at a long-term care facility, course prerequisites will include Mantoux (Tuberculosis) testing in addition to COVID-19 and influenza vaccination.

    • Students completing a full Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program who will be attending clinicals at a long-term care facility should review TrainND’s policy regarding TB testing. Your test results must be submitted to TrainND before attending clinical.

    • If the class is scheduled to hold clinical at a long-term care facility, students will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending clinical. Your COVID-19 vaccination record will need to be submitted to TrainND before attending clinical. Students may also be required to complete COVID-19 testing before attending clinical whether they are vaccinated or not. Requirements for COVID-19 testing are set by the clinical facility, are fluid, and may change depending upon the current COVID-19 infection status and policy set at the facility. Students will be informed of specific COVID-19 testing requirements during the course.

Felony Disclosure
Students who have had a prior felony charge may want to inquire with the ND Department of Health regarding their eligibility to work as a CNA before registering for the training. According to the ND Administrative Code 33-43-01-03 and 33-43-01-22, CNA class applicants with a history that includes conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualification, functions, or duties of a certified nurse aide, home health aide, nurse aide, or medication assistant may not be allowed to begin the training program or take the state certification exam without providing specific information relating to their background, criminal history, or impairment. An arrest, conviction, plea, or adjudication that occurred as a juvenile or through juvenile court authorities also applies. 

All criminal history disclosed to TrainND through class registration or via the state CNA testing application will be reviewed by the North Dakota Department of Health before students are allowed to begin class or test.

For more information contact the CNA Registry at
1720 Burlington Drive, Suite A
Bismarck ND 58504-7736
Phone: 701.328.2353
Fax: 701.328.1890

Is there an attendance policy?

Yes, TrainND’s online/blended 75-hour training program and 80-hour face-to-face training program have an attendance policy. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75 hours within their training program to successfully complete the course. Please see the sample course syllabus for face-to-face CNA training or the sample course syllabus for online CNA training for important information regarding attendance and other policies. Students who do not meet the attendance requirement will not be eligible to receive a certificate. Make-up time may be available, however, is not guaranteed. If arrangements can be made for make-up time, students may be charged an additional fee to cover the additional instructional time provided.

Other shorter Nurse Assistant training options such as the refresher course do not have specific attendance requirements, however, students are encouraged to attend regularly to receive the most benefit from their training.

Is there financial aid available?

Federal financial aid is not available for non-credit courses such as Nurse Assistant training at Lake Region State College.  However, students may seek alternative options such as the following for assistance in covering course and testing fees:

  • Job Service North Dakota – Would you like to pursue a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) job? Job Service North Dakota may be able to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for training through the WIOA program. WIOA is a federal program officially known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Visit their webpage or contact an Employment Advisor at one of their nine Workforce Centers across North Dakota to learn more about WIOA.

  • A potential employer - students actively looking to begin working as a Nurse Assistant may want to check with potential employers to seek employment first, as employers may be willing to cover the cost of the training.

  • Reimbursement – Students who self-pay and successfully complete a 75-hour or 80-hour ND Department of Health-approved training program, pass the state certification exam, and then go to work as a CNA within one year of receiving certification, may qualify for reimbursement of their training fees. Students utilizing this option should contact their employer regarding reimbursement eligibility.

What if I don't pass the state certification exam?

You are allowed to retake the exam twice. To take the exam a second time, you’ll need to reserve and pay for a seat in the exam. Lake Region State College is one of several testing sites in North Dakota. Visit TrainND’s website to view testing availability at LRSC and to reserve a spot. If testing at LRSC isn’t ideal for you, contact one of these facilities to inquire about testing opportunities.

The fee to retake the exam is your responsibility, however, your sponsor may be willing to pay your retesting fee. Students should inquire with their sponsor regarding this option.

If a student fails the exam after three attempts, he/she will be required to complete an ND Department of Health-approved nurse aide training program before taking the state certification exam again.

How long is the certification effective?

Certified Nurse Assistants must re-certify every two years. If you allow your certification to lapse, you must contact the Nurse Aide Registry.

Do you help students find a job?

No. Our advice to you is to start applying for open positions. Some facilities will pay for your training upfront. If you pay for the training yourself, successfully complete the state-approved training program, pass the state-certified nurse assistant exam, and are hired by a facility within the proper timelines outlined by ND law, the facility will be required to reimburse you. To find open positions go to or contact facilities in your area.

I completed both CNA training in North Dakota and the certification exam last month and paid the tuition for the training myself since I was not employed at the time.  I have now applied for a job in Minnesota.  Is the facility in Minnesota required to reimburse me for my tuition?
No. There may be some facilities across the North Dakota border willing to reimburse you for your tuition, however, they are not required by law to do so. If you completed a training program in North Dakota, only facilities within North Dakota are required by law to reimburse you for the costs if you become employed within 12 months of completing the training.


TrainND Northeast partners with the North Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Medical Services to train in-home care providers. Learn about becoming a Qualified Service Provider (QSP) by watching an 18-minute video, "A Realistic Job Preview".

QSP's are considered independent contractors who meet the competency standards required to provide services to eligible clients. There is a critical need in North Dakota, especially in rural and tribal areas as our population ages. In-home care providers are trained by highly qualified registered nurses who customize training to suit the provider and the client.

To become a Qualified Service Provider, contact your county Social Service office for information and a training referral. Training is provided locally for a $10 processing fee.

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TrainND Northeast partners with Health Ed Today to offer highly interactive non-credit health training online to ensure that students gain the necessary skills to excel in a professional healthcare environment.

Each e-learning seminar includes:

  • 24/7 Instructor support
  • Course mentors
  • Engaging labs, exercises, and videos
  • All textbooks, workbooks, and materials
  • Secure student portal offering career guidance, resume tips, and other resources

Browse our online health training options and add to your skills

The following courses are available on demand!

Pharmacy Technician
Prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider.

Clinical Medical Assistant
Prepares students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, pharmacology, taking and documenting vital signs, technical aspects of phlebotomy, the 12-lead EKG, and the cardiac life cycle. Includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider.

Dental Assisting
Prepares students for entry-level positions as chair-side dental assistants. Covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, legal aspects of dentistry, oral anatomy, dental operatory, tooth structures, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity, and other areas. Cost includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider.

Medical Billing & Coding
Offers skills needed to perform complex coding and billing procedures. It Covers current procedural terminology (CPT), specialty fields such as surgery, radiology, and laboratory, the Internal Classification of Diseases (ICD-9), and basic claims processes for insurance reimbursements.

Medical Coding ICD-10
The U.S. healthcare system is moving from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for service coding purposes. The program includes a review of both ICD-10 (diagnostic) and ICD-10-PCS (inpatient procedural) coding, differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, federal regulation, and hands-on exercises.

ECG/EKG Technician
Prepares students to perform electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG). Includes information on heart anatomy and physiology, disease processes, medical terminology and ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress tests.

Electronic Health Record Management Program
Prepares students to understand and use electronic health records (EHR) in medical practice. Reviews implementation and management of electronic health information using common systems and addresses the medical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the EHR.

Phlebotomy Technician
Prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for laboratory analysis. Covers terminology, blood collection procedures including venipuncture, order of draw, and other topics. Cost includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider.

Medical Administrative Assistant
Covers information on medical ethics and law, terminology, insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, and management of practice finances and medical records.

Dialysis Technician
Prepares students to perform the responsibilities of a Dialysis Technician. Reviews normal kidney physiology, the basic principles of hemodialysis, kidney dialysis machines, dialyzer preparation and reprocessing, and how to assist dialysis patients in managing their disease and treatment.

Medical Terminology
A guide to identifying and understanding basic word structure, root words, suffixes and prefixes, the organization of the human body and its associated systems, medical abbreviations, symbols, and common medical terms.

ECG/EKG for Nurses
A valuable resource for learning the fundamentals of reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG). Includes cardiac anatomy and physiology, the electrical basis of ECGs, sinus dysrhythmias, and more.

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