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.
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.