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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.

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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.

Kansas City Kansas Community College

KCKCC offers two types of CNA technical certificate programs: one for high school students and one for high school graduates. 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 programs incorporate fieldwork assignments in clinical settings to provide students with practical experience in the nursing industry. Both CNA programs prepare students for the Kansas CNA examination. The high school program is seven credits, while the program for high school graduates is 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.

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 (2011) 7,555 students (all undergraduate)* 21,020 students (all undergraduate)*
Campus Setting Midsize City Midsize City
Tuition $2,130 for in-state students,
$5,250 for out-of-state students*
$2,430 for in-district students,
$2,880 for in-state students,
$5,670 for out-of-state students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid 2010-2011 71%* 60%*
Acceptance Rate NA - Open admissions NA - Open admissions
Retention Rate 2011 55% of full-time students,
36% of part-time students*
56% of full-time students,
45% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2012) 23%* 17% (29% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

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