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CNA Certification In Kansas

CNA certification in Kansas can be earned after attending the program course approved by the state and passing the competency examination. Once the candidate qualifies the exam, his/her name will be included in the Nurse Aide Registry of Kansas, which is managed by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Kansas Department of Health and Environment oversees certification in the state.

Certification Requirements in KS

The requirements to obtain CNA certification in KS include:

  • The candidate ought to be 18 years of age or more.
  • Participate in a state-approved nurse aide program program for a minimum of 90 hours.
  • Obtain passing scores in the certification exam.
  • Submit criminal background check.
  • Submit proof of immunizations.

Procedure for CNA Testing and Applying for CNA Certification in KS

Steps to apply for nurse aide licensure in the state of Kansas are as follows:

Step 1 – Complete 75 hours of state-approved program which must include 15 hours of clinical practice and 60 hours of classroom instructions.

Step 2 – Apply for the certification exam. For this, you need to submit the application and fulfill the following requisites:

  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • Submit 2 identification forms; one of them must have your photo.
  • Attach an application fee of $20.00 in the form of money order or certified check.

Step 3 – Take the exam andpass both the sections to get your name added to the Kansas State Nurse Aide Registry.


Procedure for Out-of-State Certified Nursing Assistants

If you are a nursing assistant in another U.S. state and wish to obtain CNA license in Kansas, follow the below steps:

Step 1 – Download the interstate application from the below link:

https://www.kdads.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/interstate-form-changes-07-19-12.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Step 2 – Fill all the required details, and return the form with other required documents to:

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)
Health Occupations Credentialing (HOC)
612 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3404

Step 3 – An “Approval to Test” letter will be mailed to you, allowing you to work as a Nurse Aide Trainee II in a nursing facility for a period of 4 months starting on the initial approval date mentioned on the bottom of the Approval Letter.

Step 4 – You may take the Kansas nurse aide test only if you have active certification in another state; or else, you will be required to enroll and complete a nurse aide program course approved by the Kansas state. After completing the program program, you will have two opportunities to pass the test within 12 months from the endorsement approval date.

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Renewal of CNA Licensure in Kansas

All certified nursing assistants are required to renew their license in Kansas after every 2 years. The requirements and methods to renew license in KS are given below.

Requirements

  • Fees
    If you are applying via paper-based renewal process, enclose a renewal fee of $135.00 made payable to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Or else, if you are renewing online, pay the fees by Visa, electronic checks, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express. Paying by electronic check will cost you $3.
  • Continuing Education Requirements
    Nurse aides are required to complete 15 hours of continuing education to renew their license.

Methods

You may renew your license using any of the following ways:


Name or Address Change

For name / address change, download the form using this link:
https://www.kdads.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/name_address_chg_form(1).pdf?sfvrsn=0

Required Documents

Along with the completed name / address form, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of identification which must include your social security number and current name.
  • If you are applying for name change, you need to submit document verifying the change such as a copy of your marriage license or divorce decree, social security card with current name, or any other document that confirms the change.

Mail the completed application and required documents to:

Health Occupations Credentialing
New England Building 3rd Floor
503 S Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66603-3404

Verification of CNA Licensure

To verify your Nurse Aide license, use the following link to download employment verification form:
https://www.kdads.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/employment-verification-form.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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FAQs

Question 1 – How does my certified nursing assistant license go inactive?

Answer – If you have not worked for a minimum of 8 hours in the renewal period of 2 years, your license will be changed to inactive status. In an inactive status, you are not eligible to work as a CNA in the state.

Question 2 – My license is on inactive status. How can I change it to an active one?

Answer – To change your inactive status to active, you may take a refresher course for 2 days in a community college. Or else, you can also perform a task checklist under the supervision of an RN in a long-term care facility or hospital. After the course or checklist is completed, the paperwork will be sent to the Health Occupations Credentialing (HOC) and when the request is processed, your license status will be changed to active.

Question 3 – If a medication aide has undergone updated program, is s/he eligible for CNA license renewal?

Answer – No, it will not renew your nurse aide license. It will only be helpful in the renewal of medication aide certificate.

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