Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
MEDS’ Certified Nurse Assistant training program will prepare students to become a CNA in as little as 8 weeks. By combining 75 hours of classroom instruction with 100 hours of “hands on” direct care training, students will have the skills and knowledge to enter one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare industry.
Students learn basic nursing skills to meet the needs of their patients. Classroom instruction incorporates interesting demonstrations and simulations with state-of-the-art medical training equipment and lively classroom discussions and presentations by industry professionals.
Some of the skills and techniques students learn include vital signs, infection control, restorative care, bathing and grooming, transfers, feeding and nutrition, medical record documentation, resident’s rights.
The Staff ‘N’ Student Mentoring program partners students with a seasoned professional for 100 hours of direct care experience. When students take the State of Missouri exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant, they feel confident in their skills and abilities and go on to enjoy a successful, rewarding career as a direct care paraprofessional.
To be eligible for the CNA Training Program, students must be:
• At least 18 years of age
• Employable in a state approved long-term care facility
• Achieve 8th grade level on Basic Education Skills Test
• Negative TB test or chest X-ray
• Pass background check
Certified Medication Technician (CMT)
This 68-hour course prepares Certified Nurse Assistants to administer medications to residents in long-term care settings. Training includes 60 classroom hours and 8 supervised clinical hours. Upon successful completion, students take the State of Missouri exam to become a Certified Medication Technician.
This 12-week training program includes preparation, administration of medications, infection control and safety, observation, reporting and recording of side effects, and storage of medications.
To be eligible for the CMT Training Program, students must be:
• Active on the Missouri CNA register and working as a CNA for a minimum of
• Must provide a letter of recommendation from the Administrator or Director of
Nursing of a sponsoring facility
• Provide a copy of high school diploma or GED
• Score at least 9th grade level on TABE Test
• Pass background checks
• Have a clear TB test or chest x-ray
• Be employable in a long-term care facility
This 8 hour class prepares the CMT or Medication Aide Level 1 to administer insulin in a skilled nursing facility (CMT) or intermediate care facility (CMT or Med Aide). The course is designed to present information on diabetes as it relates to symptoms and implications of proper or improper treatment, and to teach skills in insulin administration.
To be eligible for the Insulin Administration class, students must:
• Provide a letter of recommendation from an Administrator or Director of Nurses
recommending they take the Insulin class
• Be an active Missouri CMT or Med Aide Level 1
Train the Trainer
CNA/CMT INSTRUCTOR, STATE EXAMINER
This two day class prepares the Missouri RN to teach Certified Nurse Assistant and Certified Medication Technician classes as well as be State Examiners. Applicants must be a Registered Nurse in the State of Missouri, have 1 year of experience in long-term care within the past 5 years or currently working in long-term care, and have a letter of approval from the MO Department of Health and Senior Services.
Participants learn how to teach and complete required paperwork for instructing nursing assistants. Second day includes CMT instruction. For more information or to get registration instructions, please call 816 373-6337.
CLINICAL SUPERVISOR TRAINING
This one day class teaches MO RNs and LPNs to be Clinical Supervisors for nursing assistants. This workshop is required by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services to supervise CNA students in the clinical setting. To be eligible, participants must have 1 year of experience in a long-term care facility within the last 5 years or are currently working in a long-term care.
Participants will learn how to properly guide and instruct nursing assistant students, how to conduct a clinical, required documentation, as well as other pertinent topics. For more information or to get registration instructions, please call 816 373-6337. You may fax your registration to 816 373-6887 but seat is not confirmed until payment is received. There is a limit of 16 people per class.