Kansas City CNA Programs with School Overviews

There are two schools within 25 miles of Kansas City that have certified nursing aide (CNA) programs. Read an overview of these two schools' programs, requirements and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

CNA Programs in Kansas City

The Kansas City area has a few program options for those interested in CNA careers. This article looks at two community colleges, neither more than 25 minutes from downtown Kansas City, that meet state certification standards for CNA education. It also includes information on important aspects about each school that prospective students should consider, such as school size, tuition, campus setting and the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid. This information is compiled in a table that allows easy comparison of the schools.

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) is a two-year, public school around 11 miles from downtown. It offers a CNA certificate program.
  • Another option for students seeking a CNA certificate is Johnson County Community College (JCCC), a two-year, public school in Overland Park, about 18 miles from the heart of Kansas City.

Comparison of Schools

The following table showcases information that a prospective student should consider when choosing a school for their CNA training.

Kansas City Kansas Community College Johnson County Community College
School Type Two-year, public Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 6,198 students (all undergraduate) 19,429 students (all undergraduate)
Campus Setting Midsize City Midsize City
Tuition and fees $3,240 for in-state students,
$8,040 for out-of-state students
$2,730 for in-district students,
$3,180 for in-state students,
$6,420 for out-of-state students
Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid 2013-2014 77% 63%
Acceptance Rate NA - Open admissions NA - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 57% of full-time students,
37% of part-time students
63% of full-time students,
45% of part-time students
Graduation Rate (2011) 22% 15% (27% transfer-out rate)

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator

Kansas City Kansas Community College

KCKCC offers a CNA technical certificate program. The Certified Nurse Aide program is available through the Division of Allied Health and Nursing, which also offers nursing, pre-nursing and technical programs.

CNA Technical Certificate

In addition to classroom instruction, the CNA program incorporates fieldwork assignments in clinical settings to provide students with practical experience in the nursing industry. The CNA program prepares students for the Kansas CNA examination. The program is worth five credits. The course examines concepts in aging, working in adult care, observing, recording and first aid.

Johnson County Community College

The nursing programs are available through the health science academic cluster at JCCC, along with other nursing occupations like LPN, RN and home health aide. Students have the option of completing the course in a traditional or online setting.

CNA Certificate

Both the traditional and online CNA certificate programs are five credit hours and prepare students to take the Kansas CNA examination. The programs provide hands-on instruction on how to care for patients in long-term and acute-care facilities. Students are instructed on topics such as hygiene, chronic illnesses and bedside care.

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