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Our Mission

Ensuring Local Access to Quality Rural Health Care

Free Certified Nursing Assistant Course

Hospital District is sponsoring a free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), which is being taught by Pine Technical & Community College. 

Course Description 

Working as a nursing assistant (NA) is an excellent stand-alone career or an excellent way to launch a nursing career. This program will prepare you with the knowledge and clinical skills to work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities. CNA training requires just a few weeks of time and provides the information and skills needed to become a Nursing Assistant on the Minnesota State Registry. 


A career as a Certified Nurse Assistant is a  wonderful way to help people and launch a career in health care. 


This is a free, 3-credit Certified Nursing Assistant training for those who agree to use the training within the Hospital District; territory:  info at


Essentia Hospital - Sandstone

705 Lundorff Dr., Sandstone

Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00am-4:30 pm each day:

  • June 2, 3

  • June 9, 10

  • June 16, 17

  • June 23, 24

  • June 30 and July 1 


A graduation ceremony will follow at the end of class on July 1 in the auditorium at Pine Tech Community College (PTCC) with framed certificates. 


Two exams are scheduled for:

  • State Nursing Assistant Skills exam at PTCC, July 8th.

  • State Nursing Virtual Knowledge Exam is July 9th and is completed at your home using your computer and cell phone. 


This $215 testing fee will be included as part of this class.


Contact:  Kris Sundberg


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Our Commitment

Saving lives and restoring health is the passion and commitment that brought 18 Pine County cities and townships together to establish the North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) in 1989. These community leaders recognized that fast access to rural health care often makes the life-saving difference.


It is with this passion to provide excellent health care services that the Hospital District built the new Pine Healthcare Campus. The health care services are being provided through a Hospital District lease agreement with Essentia Health.  Gateway Family Health Clinic and Thrifty White Pharmacy are providing the clinic and pharmacy services.

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