December 2022 Nurse Aide Accelerated students

December 2022 Nurse Aide Accelerated students

Nurse Aide students during a class session

Nurse Aide students during a class session

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Nurse Aide Program

  • Expert instructors with decades of industry experience
  • Train in labs equipped with high-fidelity manikins
  • Flexible schedules
  • Prepares you for the Kansas CNA exam
  • You may qualify for financial assistance

Program duration: 12 days, 5 weeks, or 6 weeks. 

Available schedules: Accelerated, Hybrid, Weekday Evening, and Weekend.

Enrollment is ongoing for all 2024 Nurse Aide schedules. Scroll down for course details or get info on how to register.

Nurse Aide program info

Program Description

The Nurse Aide training program at Mid-America College of Health Sciences is a 90-clock-hour program designed to be flexible and comprehensive at the same time. Enrollment is open to individuals ages 16 (with written parental approval) and above looking to pursue careers in the healthcare industry. The Nurse Aide program lays the foundation for more advanced training in healthcare.

The program includes 45 clock hours of hands-on laboratory training and clinical rotations at nursing communities under the supervision of licensed instructors.

There are four flexible schedules to choose from: an Accelerated schedule (12 weekdays), a Hybrid schedule (6 weeks), a Weekday Evening schedule (5 weeks), and a Weekend schedule (6 weeks). A complete breakdown of each schedule can be seen below.

Upon completion of the Nurse Aide program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion in line with the Kansas Board of Regents’ Regulatory requirement and will attempt the Kansas CNA State Exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in the state of Kansas.

The MACOHS Nurse Aide program meets the Kansas requirements for CNA licensure. Each state has its own requirements for CNA licensure. Please use the following link to determine the requirements for other states: CNA Reciprocity and Certification Requirements by State | Vivian Community Hub 

Program Topics

The curriculum includes the following core topics, in addition to Kansas approved curriculum:

  • Safety in patient care delivery
  • Mobility using assistive devices
  • Restorative techniques
  • Diet, hydration, and nutrition
  • Care of residents space
  • Infection control procedures
  • Body mechanics and human anatomy
  • Taking vital signs the manual way
  • Monitoring patient vital signs
  • Understanding and intervention for problem behaviors
  • Assisting residents with Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Communication skills in a healthcare setting
  • And much more!

CPR/BLS certification is required

Prior to joining the Nurse Aide program, it is required to possess an active CPR/BLS certification for healthcare professionals issued by the American Heart Association (AHA). If you are not yet certified, CPR/BLS courses from the AHA are offered here at MACOHS. 

CPR/BLS Certifications must be from American Heart Association (AHA). Certifications from other providers will not be accepted.

General Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants must submit or meet each of the requirements listed below, and copies of required documents must be submitted to the admissions office before the first day of class.

If you cannot obtain each requirement prior to the start date of your selected program or course, you will need to postpone your enrollment and resubmit a registration for a later start date.

Enrollments are conditional until all fees, paperwork, and admission requirements are completed.

  • Must be at least 16 years old*
  • Valid state ID, driver's license or other government-issued ID
  • Valid SSN card
  • CPR/BLS certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Negative Tuberculosis (TB) test result**
  • Plain black scrub set with white undershirt

*Students 16 and 17 years old will need signed approval from a parent or legal guardian upon registration.

**The Negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results can be a skin test, blood work, or chest X-Ray.

Orientation:

Hybrid Nurse Aide applicants are required to attend a mandatory orientation on campus Wednesday before the course start date from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Orientation for Hybrid students will cover a variety of information such as the course expectations, requirements, etc. A copy of the course schedule that outlines the in-person clinical and lab dates/times is provided to students on the first day of class.

Orientation for students taking in-person course schedules will be held on the first day of class. 

Clinical Rotation

Clinicals are an integral part of the Nurse Aide program. Clinicals days and times are within the course dates, but times may vary to align with a nursing community’s shift schedule.

Faculty will provide students with up-to-date information about the clinicals for your course. Any changes in the course schedule as a result of nursing community’s availability will be provided to students within 24 hours of receipt. If needed, other arrangements will be made to ensure clinical hours completed without impacting the end date of the course.

Lab & Clinical Requirements

The Kansas Nurse Aide course consists of 45 didactic hours, 20 hours of lab on campus, and 25 hours at KDADS-approved clinical facilities – subject to successful completion of the didactic and lab hours. 

Nurse Aide students at a clinical site
Students taking a break on the roof of a clinical site in 2022

Program Schedule

Schedule
Class Time
Clinicals
Accelerated (Mon. - Thur.)
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
TBA
Weekday Evening (Mon. - Wed.)
3:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
TBA
Weekend (Fri. & Sat.)
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
TBA
Hybrid (Online)
Asynchronous Online Lecture with In-Person Labs & Clinical Rotations
(in-person) 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Available Start Dates

The Accelerated course schedule is made up of in-person classes, labs, and clinicals. Classes take place Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for 12 days. The following start dates are available:

  • Apr. 1 -18, 2024
  • May 6 – 23, 2024
  • June 3 – 20, 2024
  • July 8 – 25, 2024
  • Aug. 5 – 22, 2024
  • Sep. 9 – 26, 2024
  • Oct. 7 – 24, 2024
  • Nov. 4 – 21, 2024
  • Dec. 2 – 19, 2024

The Hybrid course schedule is 6 weeks long and comprised of asynchronous online lectures, in-person lab sessions, and in-person clinical rotations. The online portion of this course will be done via Blackboard. Students will be provided a schedule containing their lab and clinical days on the first day of class. The schedule for this course is reviewed with students during orientation and again on the first day of class.

Students taking the hybrid schedule of classes are required to have a working computer, basic knowledge of Microsoft office suite, and a reliable Internet service.

The following start dates are available:

  • Apr. 12 – May 18, 2024
  • May 24 – June 29, 2024
  • July 5 – Aug. 10, 2024
  • Aug. 16 – Sep. 21, 2024
  • Sep. 27 – Nov. 2, 2024
  • Nov. 8 – Dec. 14, 2024

The Weekday Evening course schedule is made up of in-person classes, labs, and clinicals. Classes take place Monday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 5 weeks. The following start dates are available:

  • Mar. 25 – Apr. 24, 2024
  • May 6 – June 12, 2024
  • June 17 – July 17, 2024
  • July 22 – Aug. 21, 2024
  • Sep. 9 – Oct. 9, 2024
  • Oct. 14 – Nov. 13, 2024
  • Nov. 18 – Dec. 18, 2024

The Weekend course schedule is made up of in-person classes, labs, and clinicals. Classes on campus Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for 6 weeks. Labs and clinicals are within the course dates. The following start dates are available:

  • Apr. 12 – May 18, 2024
  • May 24 – June 29, 2024
  • July 5 – Aug. 10, 2024
  • Aug. 16 – Sep. 21, 2024
  • Sep. 27 – Nov. 2, 2024
  • Nov. 8 – Dec. 14, 2024

Financial assistance is available

The Great Jobs KC Job Training Program will pay all tuition and fees for qualifying applicants.

Catholic Charities of North Kansas City provides financial assistance to qualifying applicants.

Costs & Registration

The Nurse Aide program is $885.00 which includes the cost of tuition, textbook, lab supplies, and fee for one attempt of the Kansas CNA State Exam. There is an additional $25.00 non-refundable registration fee. 

Acceptable forms of payment are:

  • Cash – (must be exact change)
  • Money order – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Cashier’s check – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Zelle – (Zelle payments are to be sent to AR@macohs.edu)

 

Tuition and fees are due in full before the first day of class unless the student has been approved for funding by a third-party sponsor or has been approved for a tuition payment plan. Students must meet with our admissions staff and sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement to be approved for a payment plan. Payment plans are only available for the 5-week program schedules.

Students may qualify for financial assistance through Great Jobs KCKansas Workforce PartnershipMissouri Full Employment Council (FEC), and more. Please see our Financial Assistance page for more details.

To speak with our admissions staff about this program, text or leave a voicemail at (913) 708-8323 . You can also speak to us in person at
10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204 

If you’ve made up your mind, register and start the enrollment process now by clicking the green button. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The Hybrid course schedule is made up of 3 portions:

  • Self-paced online sessions
  • Labs (in person)
  • Clinicals

 

Students will find out their clinical days on the first day of class. The schedule for this course is reviewed with students during orientation and again during the first day of class.

For the Weekend course schedule, the labs and clinicals take place on weekends, just like the classes.

No. Graduating from this course does not make you a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). To become a CNA, you must also take and pass the the Kansas State Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Examination.

Your registration for this Nurse Aide course entitles you to one attempt of the CNA exam, which you’ll take in our testing center. You’ll earn a CNA certification if you pass. Otherwise, you’ll have to register for another attempt at your own expense.

You have a total of 3 attempts within a year, counting from the start date of your Nurse Aide course

Yes, but the keyword is inactive. If you do not work as a CNA for at least 8 hours within a 2-year time frame, your certification become inactive. That means you cannot legally work as a CNA in the state of Kansas. More info on this aspect is available here.

You can verify or check the expiration date of your CNA certificate at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Nurse Aide Registry. Relevant instructions are on that page.

You’re required to take a CNA Refresher class if you have not worked as a CNA. If you find yourself in that situation, you can take our CNA Refresher class.

If your out-of-state CNA license is expired, you’re required to take this Nurse Aide course.

If your out-of-state CNA license is active, contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing for what you need to do to get your license recognized in Kansas.