Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) works under the supervision of a licensed nurse in adult care homes (nursing homes), hospitals, clinics, and other environments where residents/patients benefit from assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) to include eating bathing and personal hygiene, dressing, transferring and repositioning, and mobility. During the course, students develop nursing care skills, demonstrate and understand how to work safely, and develop empathy and appreciation for the person who lives in a long-term care environment. Competencies are evaluated in the classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. After completing the course and passing the state test, the student is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Aide in Kansas. The CNA credential is required for employment as a CNA and is often required for admission to nursing and other professional health care education programs. The course follows the curriculum specified by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).
Certified Nurse Aide Refresher Course
The Certified Nurse Aide Refresher course is for CNAs who have held the Kansas Certified Nurse Aide certification but are not active (their certification has lapsed) and want to reactivate their CNA status. The session includes an assessment of written and oral knowledge as well as a discussion and demonstration of CNA skills. Upon successful completion, KDADS/Health Occupations Credentialing is notified and the certification is reactivated for two years.