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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Admissions Procedures - Allied Health - CNA/CMA

Effective Date: August 19, 2015
Policy Number: 1323

The Allied Health Brochure contains contact information, enrollment sites and hours, and the enrollment procedure.  Eligibility requirements and the approximate cost of courses can also be found here.

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Allied Health offers classes for career opportunities in the following:

          (See below for information on each of these opportunities.)

  • Certified Nurse Aide (AL131)
  • Certified Medication Aide (AL132)
  • Certified Medication Aide Update (AL134)
  • Home Health Aide (AL137)
  • Rehabilitation Aide (AL136)
  • Activity Director/Social Service Designee (AL163)
  • Medical Records Designee (AL162)
  • Phlebotomy (AL170)

The Allied Health classes are held at several different locations. Please click on the link below for our location codes.

Directions for filling out the HCC Class Schedule to bring up our classes are as follows:

  • Organize By should be on Subject
  • Choose the Term you are wanting (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • In the Subject under the term box, click the arrow to drop down and click AL-Health Care Training.
  • The rest of the boxes do not need to be filled out.
  • Scroll down and click Show Schedule

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Our classes our held at different facilities in the Hutchinson, McPherson and Newton areas.  Click on the link below for information on our locations.

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Career Description

Each of the following careers involves providing care for other people in a specialized manner. Each career is concerned with attaining and maintaining quality of life for those in need, with a majority of those individuals being the elderly population.

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

CNAs provide personal care for primarily the elderly in a long term care or hospital setting. They assist individuals with dressing, ambulation, feeding, bathing, toileting, perineal and oral care, range of motion exercises and restorative care. This is an entry-level position in nursing and is required before many of the other careers can be entered.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

This career involves the passing of medications, performing treatments, written documentation, and in some situations and/or facilities, may perform resident care. The certification of CNA must be obtained prior to being able to perform as a CMA.

Home Health Aide (HHA)

Individuals with this certification provide personal care of primarily elderly persons in their home. They assist individuals with dressing, ambulation, bathing, toileting, perineal and oral care, range of motion exercises and restorative care. Additional responsibilities may include housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, shopping and other services as specified by the care plan. There are two levels of instruction for HHAs. The HHA may take an extended course certifying them to be only an HHA. The more traditional method includes becoming a CNA and then taking an abbreviated course to attain HHA certification.

Certified Medication Update (CMA Update)

The State of Kansas requires training every two years to keep the CMA certificate active. Individuals taking the course pass medications, perform treatments, document, and in some situations and/or facilities, may perform resident care.

Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide)

Rehab Aides assist residents with rehabilitation and range of motion exercises under the supervision of Registered Physical Therapists and/or licensed nurses. A number of long-term care facilities are requesting that their CNAs have this certification.

Activity Directors/Social Service Designees (AD/SSD)

The State of Kansas has a curriculum for each of these career positions. However, at HCC, these careers have been placed together since there is a large amount of duplication in the curriculum for both designees.

Activity Director are responsible for the scheduling and presentation of a variety of activities including: baking, crafts, games, exercises, outings, gardening, etc., for residents of long term care facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities. etc.

Social Service Designee interview residents about their personal history, interests and needs. They also access outside resources where applicable. They are responsible for providing for counseling for individuals, groups and/or families. Both of these career positions must be able to implement a plan of care to improve or restore Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

Medical Records Designee (MRD)

This career position is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and completeness of medical records in the long term care setting. It is important for these individuals to know the residents and understand the importance of their position to those residents as well as to the facility by which they are employed.

Phlebotomist

These individuals are responsible for the performance of venipunctures, capillary punctures, skin stick, arterial punctures, handling of blood, handling of test tubes, use of a centrifuge, wearing gloves, possibly wearing masks and gowns, dealing with a broad spectrum of the population, handling difficult, confused, resistant, or very young patients, and at times may work in an emergency setting or work with other professionals in an emergency code setting.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities for these careers are substantial in the long term care industry. CNAs or CMAs are needed in long term care facilities, and may work in hospitals and in assisted living facilities. Rehabilitation Aides, ADs/SSDs. Medical Records Designees and Phlebotomists are all needed in long term care facilities. In addition, ADs, and Phlebotomists may also work in hospitals. HHAs, may work in the assisted living environment as well as in home settings.

Job Outlook

Although the job outlook for any career varies from time to time, the demand for health-related careers remains relatively high. Each career is listed with its current level of demand.

The demand is high for CNAs and CMAs due in part because th CNA provides the foundation for many of the other levels listed. CMAs are important to the long term care industry due to the shortage of licensed nurses to perform this function.

Demand for the HHA is moderate. Employment fluctuates for home health aides due to changes in the law related to home care as well as Medicare and health insurance reimbursement.

Moderate demand exists for AD/SSDs. The AD career is in greater demand than the SSD career but both are necessities in the long term care environment.

The demand for Rehab Aides is moderate to high.

Demand for the Medical Records Designee is moderate. Smaller long term care facilities utilize MRDs in their day-to-day operations.

The demand is moderate for Phlebotomists. They may be employed in long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics or laboratories.

Earnings Potential

The wages listed below are the starting range per hour in our service area of South Central Kansas.

CNA..................................$6.95-$8.75
HHA..................................$7.25-$8.50
AD/SSD............................$6.95-$9.00
Phlebotomist......................$7.06-$7.90

CMA...............................$7.25-$10.10
Rehab Aide........................$6.82-$9.00
MRD.................................$8.00-$9.00

Program Components

Each course contains classroom instruction in a four-county area in a variety of settings including long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and the Hutchinson Community College campuses in Hutchinson, Newton and McPherson. Most include actual hands-on or "clinical" practice which is performing learned skills upon other class members in a controlled environment and then performing skills within long term care facilities, hospitals, and clinics on actual patients.

 Classroom InstructionClinical Practice
CNA50 hours55 hours
CMA60 hours30 hours
HHA30 hours 
CMA Update15 hours 
Rehab Aide30 hours (with clinical practice) 
AD/SSD75 hours 
MRD45 hours 
Phlebotomist45 hours135 hours

Certification

Hutchinson Community College and Kansas Department of Health and Environment require that students pass with 70% accuracy in each course. Class and clinical attendance is regulated by state law. Completion of all assignments in a timely manner, written and verbal reports, exams and clinicals is required.

CNAs, CMAs, and HHAs must pass a State of Kansas exam to receive certification. The CNA and HHA must pass the State of Kansas certification exam with 75% accuracy.  The CMA State of Kansas certification exam is a weighted exam with overall passing at 70%.  The CMA Update is required by KDHE to complete minimum of 10 hours for re-certification  HCC provides 15 hours. Phlebotomy students who successfully complete the course are eligible to sit for the Registry Exam with the ASCP, if desired.

Admission Requirements

This program has selective admission requirements with prerequisites, Specific requirements are listed below. The State of Kansas regulates certification and/or employment of individuals with a criminal background. There are no specific admission requirements for AD/SSD, MRD, or Phlebotomist.

CNAs, CMAs, HHAs, and Rehab Aides must take a Reading Test. CMAs, HHAs and Rehab Aides must also have a CNA certificate. The CMA Update requires both CNA and CMA certificates.  HCC also requires that CNA's take a Cardiac Care class with Infant, Child, Adult & AED.

Contact Program Coordinator for further information at 1-800-289-3501, extension 4947, 4948, or 4994, or send email to milesj@hutchcc.edu.

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Career Description

Each of the following careers involves providing care for other people in a specialized manner. Each career is concerned with attaining and maintaining quality of life for those in need, with a majority of those individuals being the elderly population.

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

CNAs provide personal care for primarily the elderly in a long term care or hospital setting. They assist individuals with dressing, ambulation, feeding, bathing, toileting, perineal and oral care, range of motion exercises and restorative care. This is an entry-level position in nursing and is required before many of the other careers can be entered.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

This career involves the passing of medications, performing treatments, written documentation, and in some situations and/or facilities, may perform resident care. The certification of CNA must be obtained prior to being able to perform as a CMA.

Home Health Aide (HHA)

1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501
1-888-GO-HUTCH or (620) 665-3500
info@hutchcc.edu