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Kansas CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Kansas (KS)

Kansas CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Kansas (KS)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Kansas recognizes HHAs at par or even a higher level than CNAs. Whereas both CNAs and HHAs have to attend a 90-hour training course (of which half the hours are for practical training), HHAs have to go through an additional 20 hours of hands-on, practical training before sitting for the state exam. This last period of training can be accomplished while working under RN supervision.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is responsible for licensing purposes, and the Secretary of State finally sends each successful applicant for the state exam a certificate that is renewable every 24 months.

Both CNAs and HHAs have to be “… prescreened and tested for reading comprehension at an eighth-grade level.”

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Must be a citizen or someone eligible to work in the U.S. (green card holder, or someone with a work permit). same
Type of Certification You get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA (this is a registry maintained by the KDHE). You get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry as a HHA.
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high a training diploma, proof of work eligibility, background check, immunization, a photo ID, and 2 photos. The same, plus proof of having accomplished the additional 20 hours of practical training (see note above).
Age No minimum age requirements. same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required. same
Education Level You only need to show competence in English at eighth grade level. same
Training hours & where 90 hours of classes at certified academies or community colleges, of which 45 hours to be in hands-on practical work. Same, plus 20 hours of additional hands-on practical training.
Competence Training Of the 90 hours of training, 45 hours to be in practical work. Same, plus 20 hours of additional hands-on practical training.
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. same
Fingerprints Fingerprints will be required for the background check. same
Background checks State and Federal checks are required. same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos. same
Licensed in another state? Equivalence-based reciprocity is available, as long as the issuing state has equal training requirements; you may be asked to sit for the practical exam only. same
Exam It is referred to as the state nurse aide exam, given in two parts, written, and practical. same


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