Frequently Asked Questions
MEDS would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to call us at 816-373-6337 prior to registration to ensure all your questions are answered.
MEDS is open 9am to 4pm Monday– Friday. We have curbside assistance for students to register in person or pick up certificates. Please call ahead to make an appointment if you need additional in-person assistance.
Students can join the Zoom class by phone and listen to the audio of the class. If you are interested in participating on line you should check with your local internet provider as some are currently offering low or no cost access for students due to the Covid-19.
Due to Covid –19 students are not allowed inside of facilities at this time. Modifications by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) currently allow the student to practice and be checked off on all hands on skills in a lab setting. To provide high quality hands on training MEDS has two skills labs that allow for demonstration and practice of the required skills.
The state of Missouri requires a minimum of 175 hours for CNA certification. MEDS has 8 week and 12 week classes on days, evenings or weekends.
CMT Certification requires a minimum of 68 hours. MEDS CMT class is 12 weeks.
If your license has become inactive in Missouri, if you have an active certification in another state or if you are in a nursing program and have completed the fundamentals of nursing, the State of Missouri will allow you to challenge the Missouri CNA Examination. Call the Department of Health and Senior Services at 816-573-526-5686 to obtain a letter of permission to challenge the examination. After you have received your letter, call MEDS to schedule your examination.
All students are pre-qualified for an interest free payment plan and splits the tuition into 3 affordable payments. MEDS also participates with many sponsoring agencies that offer scholarship funding.
Students do not need a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for the CNA training program. A high school diploma or GED is required to participate in the CMT class.
Clinical on-the job training hours are required for all classes. Clinical and class time will be scheduled concurrently. Clinical hours are times when the student will work in a skilled/intermediate care facility under the direct supervision of a State of Missouri approved clinical supervisor. This time will be used to practice and demonstrate proficiency of the skills you must learn for certification. After completing 16 hours of classroom theory the CNA students will begin to participate in 100 clinical hours. Students will need to be available to participate in some day, evening and weekend clinical shifts to get the clinical hours done in the time frame of the class.
CNA Students - after completing 16 hours of classroom theory, students will also need to be available to participate in 2-3 day, evening and weekend clinical shifts per week.
CMT Students - are required to participate in a minimum of 8 clinical hours that are scheduled on class days.
Yes, each state has different requirements for transferring certifications. The student wanting to transfer certification should call the Board of Nursing for the preferred state for instructions.
The student must be at least 18 years old on the first day of class.
Clinical hours are where students practice what they are learning in class. These hours are required for all certification programs and cannot be done on-line.
CNA students are required to participate in 100 clinical hours and must be available for day, evening and weekend shifts.
CMT students are required to participate in a minimum of 8 clinical hours. Clinical hours are built in on class days and will begin at 6 am on clinical practice days.
To be eligible to participate in MEDS Training programs, all students must score 75% on a basic 8th grade level reading and math test to ensure that the student can comprehend the material and study for success. Testing will be done on the first day of class.
CMT Students-State regulations have changed and no longer require students to pass 4 of the TABE Level D tests for eligibility.