The KQC program is comprised of the Patient Care Assistant program (PCA) in partnership with the Wichita Area Technical College and the Health Occupations Technology program (HOT) in partnership with Pratt Community College (PCC).
Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
The PCA program is designed to prepare students for employment as trained nursing assistants, patient care assistants, nursing aides or home health aides. Those students who satisfactorily complete this program are eligible to take the state nursing assistants and Home Health aide examinations. Upon successfully passing the state exam, students will become Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).
Qualifying individuals must have the following:
• High School Diploma or GED
• Valid State issued photo ID
• Valid Social Security Card
• A Negative TB Skin result (Not more than 6 months old)
• Physical report with no restrictions
The following steps are required to be eligible for this program:
• Must have a Compass Reading Test score of 70 or better
• Attain a clear and complete criminal background check
• Must be able to pass a drug screen
The programs provide instructions and supervised clinical experiences related to basic patient care, interpersonal/communication skills, safety measures, infection control, nutrition, basic anatomy, vital signs, grooming, CPR and employability skills.
The PCA program consists of the following courses:
• Nurse Aid (CNA)
• Home Health Aide (HHA)
• CPR for healthcare providers
Participants in the PCA program will receive additional training that expands the traditional role of the nursing assistant. This training includes supervised clinical hours, a component related to home health and a component related to caring for patients in nursing homes, assisted living and hospitals and presentation by industry professionals. Once the nursing assistant or patient care assistant becomes certified, they are eligible to perform patient care and home health aide duties and work as paid nutrition assistants.
Program Length and Class Hours
The PCA program is hybrid, with theory on-line and face-to-face with an instructor. Total program takes about two months to complete and includes 30 hours of clinical experience at a state approved licensed nursing home.
Classes are offered full-time Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Clinical hours 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on specific days.
Health Occupation Technology
The Urban League of Kansas has partnered with Pratt Community College, Pratt, Kansas to offer a hybrid evening PCA class with the Certified Medical Assistant component added to it. The goal of the CMA curriculum is the effective training of medication aides who will safely, legally and accurately administer medications, and competently carry out related duties responsibilities in appropriate healthcare settings.
Upon completion of the Patient Care Assistant Program, the participants will receive 19 hours CEU’s as well as certificates in the following areas:
• Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
• Home Health Aide (HHA)
• Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
• CPR and First Aid
• Career Planning and Development
• Introduction to Health Occupations Technology
• Terminology for Health Care Workers
The HOT program is hybrid, with theory on-line and face-to-face with an instructor. Total program takes about four months to complete and includes clinical experience for the CAN and CMA course at a state approved licensed nursing home. Classes are offered full-time Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Clinical hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on specific days.
The PCA program is designed to help participants gain and retain employment while at the same time advancing the economic career ladder within the healthcare field. The opportunity exists for graduates to meet with healthcare agencies for job placement.
For more information, please contact:
Urban League of Kansas
Director, Workforce Development
Job Outlook -- The job growth for CNAs is faster than average, with an expected growth of 21% or more by 2014. A total of more than 10,000 additional employees will be needed. There are excellent employment opportunities for CNAs across the State of Kansas.