See our list of approved CNA programs in Kansas to earn your CNA certification
With the economy struggling to recover it can be difficult to find stable career positions. One of the strongest sectors in today’s economy is health care, and one of the most in-demand poisitions within that field is for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The outlook for the entire industry predicts a 62% increase over the next decade and a 21% increase by the year 2014. Kansas is currently experiencing a shortage of well-trained, qualified CNAs and the future promises excellent job prospects as many current CNAs enter retirement and the aging population in America grows to provide more patients in need of care.
A CNA can expect to find employment in area hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care situations and private doctors offices. The job requires hands on care of patients to help increase their recovery efforts. One can expect to perform such duties as taking vital signs, administering medication, helping the patient with personal needs like grooming, walking, and delivering messages to the doctor on behalf of the patient.
To obtain a CNA certification in Kansas there are a couple options. You can go the traditional route and enroll in any of the multiple Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, or Universities that offer qualified CNA education programs. The course work will include a minimum of 90 credit hours that are divided between classroom learning and hands-on clinical training. Among the courses in the program are Roles and Responsibilities of a CNA, Infection Prevention and Control, Nutrition and Fluids, and End of Life Care. The clinical portion of the training will include Observing, Reporting, and Documenting health changes, taking vital signs, addressing patient’s family’s needs, as well as many other clinical skills. The other option is a hospital based training program where you are taught as you work.
The cost for the training is approximately $500 depending on where you take classes. You can apply for financial aid to help pay some or all of the cost. Once you have completed the program and passed the test you may also apply to the state and in some cases have your tuition refunded.
The salary can vary widely between areas of the state but $24,000 per year is average. As you gain experience and skills you can expect to surpass the average considerably. Jobs are plentiful due to the present shortage of qualified CNAs and will continue to grow well into the future.
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CNA Classes in Kansas (KS)
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Kansas CNA Schools
Browse our list of Kansas schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be found by calling the facilities directly.
How to Become a CNA in Kansas
Students can earn their CNA certification and start their career as a certified nursing assistant in less than six months. The first step is to find and complete an approved CNA training program. Each individual state sets its own required amount of credit hours necessary to become a CNA. Typical programs take around 6-12 weeks to complete and must include a minimum of 75 hours of training. The average cost of a CNA course is between $400 – $800. The second step is to take the Kansas CNA certification exam and achieve a passing score. The third and final step is to register with the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Kansas CNA Certification Requirements
– graduate from an approved CNA training program
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