Kansas CNA Certification and Licensing
Kansas CNA Program Basics
Certified Nursing Assistants in Kansas provide the daily care for residents of long term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These nurse assistants receive intense training to prepare them for the high needs of many of their patients or residents. Some aides may work in a hospital setting and perform certain treatments under the supervision of an RN or LPN. All certified nursing assistants that work in long term care facilities work directly under a nurse for the 'wing' or 'floor' that they are caring for on any given shift.
Kansas CNA Training Requirements
Kansas is very specific about the training for certified nurse assistants and only courses that are approved by the state can be used. Online courses are not considered approved by the state, though some online websites will try to sell a course to an individual that wants to become a CNA. All trainees must have at least 90 hours of training. Part of the training is in classroom and the remaining training is manual or clinical. This clinical training is performed under the supervision of an RN and requires the student aide practicing actual care on a resident.
Kansas CNA Certification Transfer
Kansas practices reciprocity with some states. Training and other certification requirements may be waived for the aides of some states. There are, however, certain states that Kansas does not transfer certification from. Aides that are moving to Kansas and wish to become employed as a CNA there should contact the state's department of health to see if Kansas offers reciprocity with the aide's home state. If the state is one that Kansas does transfer from, the DOH (department of health) has forms available for download at their website. These forms may be downloaded or the DOH will mail copies if requested by phone.
Kansas CNA Certification Renewal
Certification renewal is every two years. Before the license expires, the Kansas Department of Health will send the nurse aide forms to submit for certification renewal. The forms must be filled out completely by the aide and if required - their employer. The aide must pay a renewal fee unless their employer does so, some employers will pay the renewal or reimburse the aide. The due date for submittal is about one month before the expiry of the certification to allow time for the DOH to review and verify the form's information. Aides must have worked in a for-pay setting during the previous 2 years or risk losing their certification.