Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aide

Become a nursing assistant or aide, fully qualified and certified to provide superior clinical support for patients who need long-term care.

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What is a Nursing Assistant?

A Nursing Assistant provides direct care for patients in multiple settings under the direction of a LPN or an RN. Nursing Assistants roles include providing for hygiene, comfort, exercise, safety as well as observing and reporting patient/client conditions. Often Nursing Assistants provide emotional support to clients as well as families during a healthcare encounter.

An Advanced Nursing Assistant has additional skills and knowledge to assume the role and responsibility of a Nursing Assistant in a variety of health care settings. An Advanced Nursing Assistant focuses on communication, infection control, safety, and residents rights while providing direct patient care under the direction of an LPN or RN.

A Kentucky Medication Aide administers specific medications in a long term care facility as delegated and supervised by a licensed nurse (LPN or RN).

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$59,370
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low: $44k med: $59k high: $79k

What are my career choices?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Long term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Home Care Agencies

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Certificates

Advanced Nursing Assistant (ANA) | Download the Academic Plan
Kentucky Medication Aide (KMA) | Download the Academic Plan
Medicaid Nurse Aide (MNA) | Download the Academic Plan

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

What are the requirements for the program?

How long will this program take?

Nursing Assistant
It will take one semester to complete the Nursing Assistant Course (NAA 100) which will prepare you for the state certification exam to work as a State Registered Nursing Assistant in KY.

Advanced Nursing Assistant
It will take one semester to complete the Advanced Nursing Assistant Course (NAA 115).

Kentucky Medication Aide
It will take one semester to complete the KMA 100 course which will prepare you to take the KY Medication Aide certification exam.

Medicaid Nurse Aide
Advanced Nursing Assistant
Kentucky Medication Aide

Certificate(s)

  • MNA
  • ANA
  • KMA

A student earns a certificate after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

Additional Information

  1. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.
  2. Submit an official transcript from high school and any previous college work.
  3. Submit ACT or placement test scores. 

Program Success

Program completion rate
For WKCTC 2013-14, combined completion rate was 97% and for 2014-15 combined completion rate was 95%.

Licensure Pass Rate
For the WKCTC 2013-14 class was 75%, and licensure pass rate for the WKCTC 2014-15 class was 86%.

Program Contact

Beth Durham, RN, MA
Nursing Assistant
Program Coordinator
270.534.3249
edurham0008@kctcs.edu