Career Programs & Training Adult Health Care

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The Adult Healthcare program offerings include Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medication Aide, Certified Medication Aide Update and Certified Nurse Aide Refresher. These courses are approved by Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Follow us on Facebook for up to date information on what is happening in the Adult Healthcare world! See us for Program Updates, Job Listings, and  Opportunities for Networking within the Profession.

Upcoming Adult Healthcare Classes

Summer 2017 CNA Accelerated Classes

Paw Print LogoBarton Campus CNA #1 CRN: 33834- Class: May 30-June 19, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Clinical: Diversicare Larned, KS - FULL
Paw Print LogoBarton Campus CNA #2 CRN: 33835- Class: June 26-July 17, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Clinical: Diversicare Larned, KS - FULL
Paw Print Logo Barton Campus CNA #3 CRN: 33836- Class: July 24-August 11, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Clinical: Diversicare of Larned, KS- OPEN

Summer 2017 CNA Hybrid Class

Paw Print Logo Hybrid CRN 33866- Class: June 5th-August 8th Online Clinical: Leisure Homestead St.John, KS-OPEN

Summer 2017 CMA Classes

Paw Print Logo Great Bend Workforce Center-Downtown Great Bend CRN: 33833 - Class: May 27-August 6, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Clinical: Cherry Village, Great Bend, KS. Friday Saturday and Sunday. OPEN

Fall 2017 CMA Update Class

Paw Print Logo Great Bend Workforce Center-Downtown Great Bend CRN: 19192- Class: August 19-20. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. OPEN

**All classes are tentative, pending state approval and student enrollment. Clinicals may not be held in Barton county. Class schedule changes or updates may occur at the discretion of the instructor.

An active CNA certificate is a required pre-requisite for the Barton Nursing and Mental Health Technician programs.

Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. The sizes of classes are limited. Courses are scheduled upon student interest and instructor availability. Please check back frequently for updated class schedules.

Tuition/Fees Barton County Resident Out of County, In-State Resident
CNA $565 $600
CMA $540 $575
CMA Update $117 $124
CNA Refresher $117 $124

Payment: Due at the time of enrollment. Financial aid ineligible.

Books: Books are required the first day of class and not included in tuition and fees. They can be purchased through the Barton bookstore. Follow the links below for book information.


Instructor Possibilities

Available on campus as well as in Ellinwood, Hoisington, Great Bend, Lacrosse, Larned, Lyons, Russell, St. John and Wilson. Face to Face and Hybrid Class options are available. To start, complete the KDADS Instructor Application and apply online for CNA/CMA Adjunct Faculty at Barton. 

Partnering Programs

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Senate Bill #155 for high school Juniors & Seniors  
A-OK participants 
WIA participants
Sister Mary Klein Endowment Scholarship

Why Barton’s Adult Healthcare Program?


  • Hybrid CNA class format 
  • Evening classes
  • Accelerated courses
  • Classes for local high school students held on their high school campus


  • Designated Adult Healthcare lab in T-119
  • Equipment available on campus that students will use in the clinical settings such as mechanical lifts, wall mounted blood pressure cuffs and hospital beds
  • Instructor led simulations on manikins
  • Clinical sites in Great Bend, Ellsworth, Ellinwood, Larned, Lyons, Russell and Wilson

State Exam Pass Rates

2012-2013 - CNA: 82%, CMA: 100%
2013-2014 - CNA: 89%, CMA: 100%
2014-2015 - CNA: 89%, CMA: 98%

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Occupational Outlook and Earnings

The CNA course is a 90 contact hour course that prepares students for the state certification exam. It is approved and regulated by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). CNAs provide direct care to patients in hospitals and residents of assisted living centers and long term care facilities.  Students must be 16 years old to enroll.

Check your CNA/CMA certificate status online.

Certified Nurse Aide Refresher

The CNA Refresher course is a 15 contact hour course that is approved by KDADS to reactivate a Kansas CNA certificate that has expired. The course consists of a brief review of the KDADS CNA curriculum guidelines as well as student demonstration, in the lab Environment of the 18 skills from the Kansas Nurse Aide Task Checklist.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

The CMA course is a 75 contact hour course that prepares students for the state certification exam. CMAs administer medications to residents in assisted living centers, hospitals, and long term care facilities. A Certified Nurse Aide certification is a requirement for CMA training. Students must be 18 years old to enroll.

Certified Medication Aide Update

The CMA Update course is a 15 contact hour course that is approved by KDADS to meet the requirement for Kansas CMA continuing education that must be completed every two years. This course is designed to provide the student with a review of basic knowledge and introduction of new medications and their safe administration.

Enrollment Information

Classes fill fast! CNA max of 10. CMA max of 6.

  1.  Do you have a Barton student ID number? If not, apply online.
  2.  Successfully complete one of the following reading requirements. Our program will accept the minimum reading scores of:
      •  ACT 14
      •  Accuplacer 54
      •  Asset 35
      •  Compass 58
      •  TABE 518
      •  CASAS 224
      •  Eligible for Intermediate Reading 
      •  Completed English Composition I with a “C”
       Need to set up a time to test? Contact Lisa Peterson.
  3.  Decide on what class you wish to enroll in. See our course schedule for more information.
  4.  Contact our office to set up a time to come in and enroll.
  5.  Pay for the course. You can pay online with your MyBarton Portal and PAWS.
       NOTE: Enrollment needs to be finalized with the Business Office one week prior to
      class starting or you will be dropped! Contact the Business Office at 620-792-1112.
  6.  Complete required forms. Due on the first day of class.
      •  CNA: Tuberculosis Skin Test 
      •  CMA: KDADS Application   |   Tuberculosis Skin Test
      •  CMA Update: KDADS Recertification Application


3rd Party Payee

** Employers: Upon completing the above form, you guarantee payment for the student. Payment is not contingent upon student performance in the class. Student record information will not be released to you. The student must complete a FERPA form for this to occur. Contact us for more information.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Guides
Certified Nurse Aide 
Certified Medication Aide