An analysis by researchers at the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) placed Nurse Aides among the six occupations that have historically high numbers of growth openings. In spite of tough economic times, the health care industry continues to experience steady growth, and Nurse Aides along with Dental Assistants, Registered Nurses, Pharmacy Technicians, and Medical Assistants, have experienced an industry growth that exceeds the number of graduates and trainees entering the workforce. The need for CNAs is expected to intensify as the baby-boomer population grows and their health care needs increase. Another reason for the huge demand for CNAs is the high turnover rates that occur due to workplace stress caused by the nature of the job and staff shortages. The long-term projection for the profession is an estimated 9.7% for the state, which translates to approximately 7,800 anticipated openings between 2008 and 2018.
Metropolitan Community College
The nursing assistant program at Metropolitan Community College prepares students for the state nurse aide competency exam and a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The program is open for admission during the months of January, March, June, August, and October. Admission to the program requires a valid social security number and a government-issued ID. All students must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must provide test results from two separate Mantoux TB skin tests and a letter from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) confirming registration on the Family Care Safety Registry. The board-approved program provides 75 hours of lecture and 100 hours of clinical training. The full payment of $1,040 is due at the time of enrollment.
- Website: http://www.mcckc.edu/professional-dev/healthcare/cna_cmt.asp
- Address: 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Phone: (816) 604-1000
MEDS’ Certified Nurse Assistant training program prepares students for a career in health in just eight weeks. The 175-hour curriculum combines 75 hours of instruction in the classroom with 100 hours of direct care training at a local health care facility. The classroom instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, and simulations for students to develop basic nursing skills, infection control, and rehabilitative and restorative techniques. Other topics covered patient rights and independence, range of motion, patient transfers, safety and emergency procedures, communication, nutrition, and the role of the nursing assistant. The clinical experience provides opportunities for students to develop skills, such as vital signs, bathing and grooming, medical record documentation, moving patients, and bed making. Applicants must be 18 years or older, employable in a state long-term care facility, pass a background check, submit documentation of negative TB or chest x-ray, and achieve an eighth grade level on the Basic Education Skills Test.
- Website: http://www.medskc.com/programs.html
- Address: 1425 S. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055
- Phone: (816) 373.MEDS (6337)
- Fax: (816) 373-6887
Golden Living Centers – Smithville
Golden Living Center is always in need of professional staff to provide quality care at their facilities across the nation. As a means of filling their need for staff, Golden Living Centers in Missouri hosts frequent nursing assistant program to recruit graduates. The class is open to anyone who is passionate about patient care. The training comprises of a minimum 175 hours of classroom learning and hands-on training at the Smithville facility. The instructor-led sessions give students some insight into the role and duties of a nursing assistant as a part of a healthcare team. The full-time program requires students to attend classes from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Punctuality and attendance is critical due to the condensed nature of the program. No previous experience or education is required for enrollment. However, applicants will be subject to a criminal background check and health screen. Graduates are eligible to take the state competency exam for certification as a CNA in Missouri.
- Website: https://www.goldenlivingcenters.com/
- Address: 106 Hospital Dr., Smithville, MO 64089
- Phone: (816) 873-0018
Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center
The nursing assistant program at Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center is designed for adults 17 to 24 years old. Students learn the principles of patient care through lectures in the classroom, hands-on experiences in a simulated lab, and supervised practical experiences in a health care facility. Job Corps allow students the privilege to complete the training at their own pace and take the NNAAP exam upon completion of the program. Additional Career Success training prepares students for the world of work and includes topics, such as workplace ethics, personal growth and development, professionalism on the job, and interpersonal skills. Job Corps training is free and includes state testing fee, living expenses, textbooks, uniform, and state certification.
- Website: https://excelsiorsprings.jobcorps.gov/node/15
- Address: 701 St. Louis Avenue, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
- Phone: (816) 629-3111
- Fax: (816) 629-3842