The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issues certification for all nurse aides employed within the state. The KDHE maintains a regularly updated list of approved schools with accompanying location and dates of upcoming courses. Prospective nurse aides must enroll in a program that offers a minimum 90 clock hours, which includes classroom and clinical training. CNA classes vary in length and complexity. Fast-tracked programs cover the curriculum in just three weeks while longer and in-depth programs extend to six months and more. Review the list of state-approved training centers below as a first step to your career as a certified nursing aide.
Allied Health Career Training
Allied Health Career Training offers small class sizes, experienced instructions, and fast-track training all for one affordable price. The Kansas Board of Regents approved nurse aide training costs only $649 and includes tuition, stethoscope, gait belt, t-shirt, tote bag, and state exam fee. Each class cycle is limited to 20 persons and extends for 13 calendar days. Classroom training takes place at Allied’s training center. Students then move on to hand-picked nursing homes to get the best practical training possible. The school’s administration promises money back to students who fail the state exam.
Address: West River Plaza 2622 W. Central, Suite B102 Wichita, KS 67203
Phone: (316) 854.3892
Designed with busy adults in mind, Bethel House’s nurse aide training extends for 20 days- for the day and evening class options. Weekend classes meet for 7 weeks or 14-class days. The CNA course equips students with all the skills required to excel on the job. Experienced instructors teach students how to take vital signs, assist residents with personal care and hygiene, nutrition, mobility, and keeping up to date medical records. The 90-hour training meets all the guidelines set forth by the Kansas State Department of Health and includes classroom, lab, and clinical training at a nearby healthcare facility. Bethel House’s instructors emphasize excellence in caregiving and all graduates are eligible to sit the Kansas State Nurse Aide Exam to become certified. The all-inclusive fee of $650 includes tuition, textbooks, state exam fee and supplies.
Address: 3825 E. Harry Wichita, KS 67218
Phone: (316) 771-7315
Fax: (316) 771-7319
Wichita Area Technical College
The 5 credit hours nurse aide training program at WATC prepares students to excel as caregivers in long-term healthcare facilities while working under the supervision of licensed nurses. Coursework includes classroom instruction, laboratory assignments and clinical training. The curriculum follows the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment guidelines, so graduates are eligible to take the state nurse certification exam after perfect attendance and a minimum 75% passing grade. There are currently two available class schedules: a 5-week daytime class and 3-month evening class.
- Complete and submit a WSU Tech application
- Take the ACCUPLACER Reading assessment with a minimum score of 56
- Provide documentation of negative TB test – the test result must include student’s name, date of birth, date given, mm reading, results interpretation, and date read
- Provide documentation of social security – a social security card or a printed social security number with a signed social security card, pay stub, driver’s license, or Kansas or school ID
- Be 16 years or older by the start of clinicals
- Attend all class days and clinicals
- Pay tuition and fees
Tuition costs $806 and includes one set of scrubs, WSU Tech patch, gait belt, and state testing fees. Textbooks are the students’ responsibility. WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. However, financial aid is not available for this course.
Address: 4004 N. Webb Road Wichita, KS 67226
Phone: (316) 677-9400
Butler Community College
The comprehensive CNA program at Butler Community College prepares students to take the exam developed by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The classes offered in a personalized setting serves as the formula for the 95 percent pass rate on the state certification exam. The program covers a total 104 clock hours including classroom lecture, learning in the skills lab, and clinical experience in a nursing home. Students have the option to continue their education in the Patient Care Pathways program. Classes meet primarily on the weekdays, but may require meeting on Saturdays or Sundays. Students must complete the course with a grade C or able to be eligible to take the exam.
- Take and pass the ASSET exam
- Copy of the social security card
- Copy of the TB skin test or chest x-ray current not older than one year
In addition to tuition, students will need to purchase purple scrub shirt and slacks or skirt, shoes, and textbooks. Other supplies include TB skin test, physical examination, and lab fees. The fee for the state exam fee will be collected with the tuition.
Address: 901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042
The nursing assistant program at Cowley College includes classroom lectures and clinical practice in a community long-term facility. The program will give students the knowledge and marketability to work in long-term care facilities. Traditional classroom and hybrid courses are available – depends on the campus.
- Take a reading level test during enrollment
- Copy of driver’s license and social security card
- Complete the immunization requirements for the clinical experience
- Submit to a criminal background check – the non-refundable fee will be assessed upon enrollment
In addition to tuition, students must purchase gait belts, stethoscope, scrubs, and textbook. The payment of $120, which includes the state exam fee, liability insurance, and application fee must be paid at enrollment.
Address: 125 S. 2nd St, PO Box 1147, Arkansas City, KS 67005
We Care Online, LLC
The Nurse Aide program at We Care Online prepares students for entry-level employment in a nursing home, hospital, assisted living facility and other health care setting. The program comprises of 90 clock hours of instruction – 45 hours in the classroom and 45 hours of clinical experiences in a long-term care setting. The duration of the course is 4 weeks.
- There are no prerequisites for the program
- Applicants must be able to lift up to 50 lbs unassisted
- Students must purchase textbooks and uniform for the program
Tuition for the program is $505 and includes the KDADS application fee. Students must budget extra for the KDADS testing site fee and registration fee.
Address: 4601 E Douglas Ste 112, Wichita, KS 67218
Toll Free: 888-932-2501