Short Term Health Program Features
Programs include Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medication Aide and Home Health Aide. WATC’s Short Term Health Programs (CMA/CNA/HHA) can be completed in just 8 weeks.
Certified Medication Aide (CMA)
The Certified Medication Aide course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for safe medication administration in long-term care communities. The instruction includes classroom, skills lab and clinical experiences. Graduates are eligible to take the Kansas certification examination to become certified. This course builds upon the role of a certified nurse aide (CNA) and includes accurately measuring, administering and documenting medications to residents. Students must be 18 years of age and successfully pass the WATC entrance exam.
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program prepares students to be caregivers in nursing homes while working under the supervision of licensed nurses. The instruction includes classroom, skills lab and clinical experiences. Students must successfully complete a competency skills checklist, maintain attendance as defined in the course syllabus and achieve satisfactory grades. Classes meet for approximately eight weeks, and evening classes meet for approximately three months. The program meets the guidelines of the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services and graduates may take the state examination to become CNAs after successful completion of the course
Home Health Aide (HHA)
The Home Health Aide course prepares the certified nurse aide (CNA) to care for patients in community and home settings. Graduates are eligible to take the Kansas certification examination to become a certified home health aide. Documentation and identification of client needs is an important part of this course. Many home health aides are also hired to work at hospice agencies and with agencies working with children. Students must successfully pass the WATC entrance exam to be enrolled in this course.
Degree and Certificate Options
|Certificate of Completion, Certified Medication Aide||5 Credit Hours|
|Certificate of Completion, Certified Nurse Aide||5 Credit Hours|
|Certificate of Completion, Home Health Aide||2 Credit Hours|
WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 • Chicago, IL 60604
www.ncahlc.org • 800.621.7440
Students interested in this program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.
Programs also approved by:
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
New England Building 503 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603-3404
Toll Free: 800-432-3535 (in Kansas only)
TTY Number: 785-291-3167
Program Integrity – Gainful Employment
In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.