Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Department Chair

Beloit: Roxie Hake

Hays: Jana Donnelly



Program Overview

CNA courses provide students with training in basic nursing skills such as bathing, grooming, mobility, infection control, feeding and vital signs. While the course is focused on the care of older adult patients, the skills learned may be applied in a variety of health care settings. The course is developed using Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service Kansas Certified Nurse Aide Curriculum. Coursework includes lecture, skills lab and clinical components.

Upon successful completion of the course and the required clinical hours, students are eligible to sit for the State CNA Certification Test.

Certified CNA’s can gain employment in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health organizations, hospitals, and physicians’ offices.

The CNA course is offered in both traditional and hybrid/online formats at various times throughout the year. There is an additional cost associated with the online courses.

Course costs will vary from year to year, so please check the current course schedule or contact NCK Tech for current costs. The cost of the course includes all college tuition and application fees, registration and testing fees, lab and clinical fees, a copy of the Kansas Certified Nurse Aide Curriculum Guidelines and name tag.  Students will need to purchase the textbook and obtain the required TB skin test and scrubs (uniforms) for clinical (see information below).

The CNA course is also offered in a hybrid Online/Traditional format at various times throughout the year. There is an additional cost associated with the online courses.

Before enrolling in NCK Tech’s CNA Course:

  • Be aware: This course is approved by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), the regulating agency for CNAs and CMAs. The 90-hour C.N.A. curriculum is established by KDADS.
  • Be available: To successfully pass this 90-hour course you must attend all classroom and clinical hours and all assignments must be completed.
  • Be able: To provide safe, effective resident care in a learning environment you must be able to lift 50+ pounds. If you have physical limitations or any pre-existing conditions, please provide a medical provider’s note of medical clearance for resident safety or plan to take this course at another time.

For online learners, ensure you are computer literate and have internet accessibility.  Theory assignments are weekly for you. No late assignments will be accepted.

Face-to-face learners: your tests are also computerized.  Bring some type of electronic device capable of accessing our Moodle learning system for testing.  Most smart phones, iPads, and laptops are adequate.Ensure NCK has your correct email for the learning system.  You will need this! Double check it.

  • Be prepared: There are two text books required for this course:
    • The main text for this course, as directed by KDADS, is the Kansas Certified Nurse Aide Curriculum Guidelines. This is provided in the course cost.
    • The second textbook, Hartman’s Nursing Assistant Care: the Basics, 4th (ISBN 978-1-60425-050-3) must be purchased before the start of the course. You can find this book to purchase or rent on internet sites, such as Amazon.
    • You do not need the corresponding workbook, but may find it helpful for your own learning.

You will also need a negative TB skin test, current within a year from the start of the course.  Be ready to supply it the first day of the course.

  • Be informed: This course consists of 90 hours of education: 45 hours theory, and 45 hours of lab and clinical education. At NCK Tech, successfully passing all ninety hours of education with a minimum of 80% (B status determines eligibility for state exam.

The course is divided into two parts:

  • Part I: basic knowledge and skills required for CNA care prior to clinical education with residents. Grade of C or higher and demonstration of all NATCEP checklist skills must be demonstrated to achieve Trainee II status.
  • Part II: Combination didactic/classroom and clinical instruction in adult care home environment with more advanced nursing skills.  If you do not pass part I with a grade of C or higher and demonstrate all checklist skills, you will not be eligible for part II.

 Clinical education will be within a 35 mile radius of Hays or, for online learners, generally a 30 mile radius from your city.

Clinical instructors will establish the hours of clinical training at the facility you are assigned.  Clinical instructors are not obligated to provide clinical make-up hours and usually do not do so for one or two students.  Plan accordingly.

  • Prepare to enjoy the wonderful world of Certified Nurse Aide.

Inactive CNA status

We have a convenient option to reestablish your CNA certification. If your CNA status has become inactive due to not working for 2 or more years, you might be eligible to complete a CNA Refresher Checklist for employment verification. This is basically a checklist that reviews the items that were included in your skills checklist in your CNA course.

NCKTC does charge a fee to complete the checklist with you and submit the paperwork to KDADS.  Please see the CNA/CMA course schedule for the available dates and prices.

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Payment for online courses must be received at least one week before the course begins.

Payment for traditional courses must be received by 3pm the Friday before class begins.

Register for CNA Refresher checklist at least 24 hours in advance.

*Short term classes, including short term general education classes, summer classes and online classes are non-refundable.

CNA Schedule

To request core course information, or to be placed on the mailing list for the course that you are interested in, please contact Jana Donnelly, RN via e-mail (jdonnelly@ncktc.edu) or via phone (785-623-6151) or Hays Administration at (785-625-2437) for the Hays campus and Roxie Hake, via e-mail (rhake@ncktc.edu) or via phone (785-738-9095) for the Beloit campus. Please make sure to clearly indicate which class you are requesting information on and include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:

Health Studies (B.S.)

Required Courses

Course Code Course Name Credits
First Semester
AH-010 Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) 5

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

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