Eligibility to take the Kansas Nurse Aide Exam is extended only to graduates of a state-approved nurse aide training program. Nursing students can apply to challenge the exam after completing the fundamentals of nursing and a supervised clinical experience in geriatric care. Healthcare workers may receive authorization to take the exam based on a license from any U.S. state. The Health Occupations Credentialing, KDADS, administers the two-hour test at 32 sites across Kansas. Candidates, who successfully complete the exam, will have their names added to the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.
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How to Apply for the Kansas CNA Exam
Nursing assistant graduates and CNAs who hold active certification in another state can apply to take the Kansas Nurse Aide Test to be added to the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry. Nursing students who complete the topics, listed below, and complete clinical experience in geriatrics within the past 24 months may challenge the exam after submitting documentation of training.
The topics nursing students must complete to challenge the exam are:
- Basic skills
- Basic nursing skills
- Basic restorative services
- Personal care skills
- Mental health and social service needs
- Care of cognitively impaired residents
Candidates for testing must complete the Allied Health Verification form and attached a copy of their identification and social security number, the application fee of $20 (payable via check or money order), and an official transcript of current training (must be completed within the last 24 months). Out-of-state CNAs and CNAs with an expired license in Kansas must submit a copy of their professional license.
There are 32 test sites, including sites in Hutchinson, Liberal, Dodge City, Kansas City, and Topeka, located in cities across Kansas. The candidate must select a test site preference on the application.
Any candidate who has a learning, physical, or psychological disability may request reasonable accommodation or an auxiliary aide for the state exam. The applicant must complete the Accommodation Request form and have the course instructor complete the back side of the form. All requests must be submitted in advance – at least three weeks before the desired test date.
KDADS will mail an approval to test notification, which will indicate the date and location of the test center. There is a $20 fee to reschedule an alternative date. Submit a completed rescheduling form with the non-refundable fee of $20 to reschedule another date. If you’re late or miss the test date, you must submit a completed rescheduling form if you would like another test date.
The established testing fees in Kansas are as follows:
- Nurse aide exam – $20.00
- Reschedule fee – $20.00
CNA Exam Overview Kansas
There is a maximum two-hour time limit for the Nurse Aide Test. Each candidate has three attempts in a one-year period to pass the exam. If you do not pass the test within one year from the training program start date, you must complete another training program to be eligible to retest.
Out-of-state CNAs have one attempt to take and pass the test. If you’re taking the test based on your certification from another state and fail the exam, you must enroll in a Kansas state-approved nurse aide training program. After successful completion of the program, you’ll have two additional attempts to pass the exam within one year of the endorsement approval date.
The passing score for the exam is 75%.
What To Bring To The Exam
You must arrive on time for the exam. If you arrive late or fail to appear, you must submit a rescheduling form and the required $20.00 rescheduling fee. You must present two forms of identification at the test site; one must be a photo ID. You’ll also need to provide your social security number on the test for identification.
Receiving Your Scores
If you pass the test, your certificate will be sent in the mail approximately 4 weeks after the test date. You may request test scores in writing by mailing the Health Occupations Credentialing office at the address provided below. To dispute a test score, you should contact the department within six months of the test date.
Contact the Registry
Health Occupations Credentialing, KDADS
612 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3404