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Continuing Education: Health Occupations

Certified Nurse Aide

This course meets all requirements for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Kansas.  Students are given a basic introduction to the anatomy and physiology of each body system.  The age related changes and common abnormalities are presented along with related nursing-care guidelines and step-by-step procedures in taking vital signs; observing and recording elements of nutrition and feeding; admitting, transferring and dismissing residents; care of the critically ill and dying; infant and child care; changing bed linens; lifting and positioning residents and clients; and much more.

*Note 1: Prerequisite for all CNA Students: "Standardized Reading and Vocabulary Test" (8th grade equivalency required)

*Note 2: Tuition subject to change without notice.

Spring/ Term 2008/2009 Classes
Instructor: CJ Hall, RN Course Number: 09CSNA4
Dates: Jun 1 - Jun 23 Days: Mon thru Fri
Times: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm Credit Hours: 5
Tuition & Fees: $355 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $50 State Exam: $20

Summer/Fall Term - 2009/2010 Classes - Day Classes
Instructor: CJ Hall, RN Course Number: 10CFNA1
Dates: Jul 6 - Aug 7 Days: Mon, Wed & Fri
Times: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm Credit Hours: 5
Tuition & Fees: $380 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $55 State Exam: $20

Summer/Fall Term - 2009/2010 Classes - Evening Classes
Instructor: Sandy Ingermanson, RN Course Number: 10CFNA2
Dates: Jul 7 - Sep 9 Days: Tues thru Thur
Times: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Credit Hours: 5
Tuition & Fees: $380 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $55 State Exam: $20

Summer/Fall Term - 2009/2010 Classes - Day Classes
Instructor: CJ Hall, RN Course Number: 10CFNA3
Dates: Aug 17 - Sep 22 Days: Mon thru Thur
Times: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Credit Hours: 5
Tuition & Fees: $380 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $55 State Exam: $20
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Medication Aide Up-Date

This course has been approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for ten hours of Continuing Education Units for CMA Up-date.

Instructor: Lynn Lapka, RN Course Number: 09CSMAU1
Dates: Apr 28 - Apr 29 Days: Tues & Wed
Times: 8:00 am - 2:45 pm Credit Hours: 1
Tuition & Fees: $54 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:   State Cert Fee: $20

Instructor: Lynn Lapka, RN Course Number: 10CFMAU1
Dates: Aug 3 - Aug 4 Days: Mon thru Tues
Times: 8:00 am - 2:45 pm Credit Hours: 1
Tuition & Fees: $65 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:   State Cert Fee: $20
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Paid Nutrition Assistant

This 12 hour KDHE approved nutrition assistant course provides training required for those individuals who wish to become paid nutrition assistants. Upon successful completion of this course you will be qualified to provide assistance with eating to the residence of an adult care home under the supervision of a registered professional or licensed practical nurse. Course content includes roles and responsibilities of a nutrition assistant; working as a member of a team; creating a home environment in a facility; residents rights; residents with special needs; a safe dining experience (infection control, food safety, emergencies); fundamentals of good nutrition and documentation.

Customized Paid Nutrition Assistant classes are available on-site at your facility:
Call the Continuing Education Office at 785-309-3105 to schedule a class.

Class size              Per student cost
5-7 students         $59
8+ students          $49

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CNA Refresher Course

This 12 hour up-date course is provided for CNAs who have not worked as nursing assistants for a period of 24 or more consecutive months and wish to become eligible to work again by being reinstated in the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.  The course consists of 5 classroom hours and 5 hours laboratory/clinical.  Subjects covered include:  CNA responsibilities, communications, resident's rights, safety, infection control, bed making, personal care skills, transfers, positioning and turning, and measurement and recording of vital signs.

Instructor: C. J. Hall, RN Course Number: 09CSNAR2
Dates: Jun 25 - Jun 26 Days: Thur - Fri
Times: 8:00 am - 2:45 pm Credit Hours: 1
Tuition & Fees: $70 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:      
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Certified Home Health Aide

Areas covered in this state-approved course include how to recognize and adopt nursing care skills from an institutional setting to a home environment. Core concepts include: orientation to home care management, mother and baby care nutrition, working with people, special procedures, and emergency care.

Home Health Aide and Med Aide Students:  State regulations require that a prospective Home Health Aide or Med Aide student must be currently certified as a nurse aide and also achieve an eighth grade level on a reading comprehension test prior to the first class session.  Tests may be scheduled at the time of enrollment.

Instructor: Della Schwindt, RN Course Number: 10CFHH1
Dates: Aug 17 - Aug 25 Days: Mon - Tues
Times: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm Credit Hours: 1
Tuition & Fees: $99 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:   State Exam: $20
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Medical Terminology

This course is designed for anyone currently employed, or considering a career, in any healthcare or healthcare -- associated occupation. It is an excellent preparatory course for those entering healthcare training for CNA, CMA, Rehabilitation Aide, EMT, LPN/RN, Medical Office, Medical Transcription, etc. -- as well as a useful adjunct for those already employed in a healthcare setting to enhance their ability to understand and assimilate health-related information.

Detailed Course Description:

Students will learn the tools of work analysis to aid in their understanding of complex medical terms, and then learn to relate those terms to the normal and abnormal structure and function of the human body.

Specialized lectures will delve into the various body systems:

  • Cardiovascular System and Blood
  • Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  • Respiratory and Digestive Systems
  • Urinary and Reproductive Systems
  • Nervous System and Psychiatric Issues
  • Endocrine and Musculoskeletal Systems
  • The Skin and Specialized Sense Organs

In addition, students will learn the basics of drug classification and terminology related to the administration of drugs; diagnostic tests and procedures; and common abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used in the various healthcare professions.

  • Word analysis
  • Combining forms
  • Suffixes and Terminology
  • Prefixes and Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
  • Abbreviations and Symbols
  • Medical Specialists and Reports
Instructor: Lynn Lapka, RN Course Number: 09CSMT1
Dates: Feb 2 - Apr 1 Days: Mon & Wed
Times: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Credit Hours: 3
Tuition & Fees: $195 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $32    
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Certified Medication Aide

This course meets the requirements for becoming a CMA in the state of Kansas and includes instruction in roles and responsibilities, how to prepare, administer, and record medications, major actions and side effects, common medical abbreviations, how drugs affect the different systems of the body, mathematics, and weights and measures.  The course includes 25 hours of clinical training.

*Course prerequisite:  Nurse Aide Certification & 8th grade reading equivalency.

Instructor: Lynn Lapka, RN Course Number: 09CSMA3
Dates: May 26 - Aug 4 Days: Tues & Thur
Times: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Credit Hours: 4
Tuition & Fees: $270 Contact Hours: 84
Textbook Cost: $78 State Exam: $20

Instructor: C.J. Hall, RN Course Number: 10CFMA1
Dates: May 26 - Aug 4 Days: Tues & Thur
Times: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm Credit Hours: 4
Tuition & Fees: $310 Contact Hours: 84
Textbook Cost: $78 State Exam: $20

Tuition/fees subject to change without notice

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Rehabilitation Aide

This course is based on the rehabilitation team approach which includes:  Nursing staff, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Speech-Language Pathologist.  Certified Nurse Aides will learn the information needed for implementing a successful Rehabilitative Aide Program.  Hands-on demonstrations and clinical practice will make up a large part of this course.  Students ill also receive reference information about diagnoses, and precautions.

*Class prerequisite: current Nurse Aide certification

Instructor: C. J. Hall, RN Course Number:  
Dates: TBA Days: Mon & Wed
Times: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Credit Hours: 2
Tuition & Fees: $135 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:      

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First Aid and CPR Classes

Heartsaver First Aid
The Heart Saver First Aid Course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Course content includes: General Principles, Medical Emergencies, and Injury Emergencies.

The course is recommended for those who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities, or regulatory requirements.

Upon successful completion of the course and required skills test, participants will receive the Heartsaver First Aid Course Completion Card.

Instructor:   Course Number: 09CSFA1
Dates: Jan 12 Days: Mon
Times: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Credit Hours:  
Tuition & Fees: $25 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:      

Heartsaver CPR
The Heart Saver CPR Course teaches CPR, relief of choking, and use of barrier devices, for adults, children, and infants.

The course is recommended for those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities, or regulatory requirements.

Upon successful completion of the course and required skills test, participants will receive the Heartsaver CPR Course Completion Card.

Instructor:   Course Number: 09CSCPR1
Dates: Jan 13 Days: Tues
Times: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Credit Hours:  
Tuition & Fees: $25 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost:      

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Customized Off-Campus Certified Health Occupations Classes

The Health Occupations Department at Salina Area Tech College is available to provide customized scheduling and training for Certified Nurse Aide, Med Aide, Home Health Aide, and CPR & First Aide either on-campus or off-campus in Salina and surrounding areas. If you have a group of employees who need this training please contact the Continuing Education Department at 785-309-3105.

Current Off-Campus Class Schedules:

Certified Nurse Aide

This course meets all requirements for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Kansas.  Students are given a basic introduction to the anatomy and physiology of each body system.  The age related changes and common abnormalities are presented along with related nursing-care guidelines and step-by-step procedures in taking vital signs; observing and recording elements of nutrition and feeding; admitting, transferring and dismissing residents; care of the critically ill and dying; infant and child care; changing bed linens; lifting and positioning residents and clients; and much more.

*Note: Prerequisite for all CNA Students: "Standardized Reading and Vocabulary Test" (8th grade equivalency required)

Instructor:   Course Number: 09CSNAAB
Dates: May 26 - Jun 24 Days: Mon thru Thurs (varies)
Times: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Credit Hours: 5
Tuition & Fees: $355 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $58 State Exam: $20
Class Location: Abilene Memorial Hospital - Abilene, KS

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic)

The Emergency Medical Technician Course will incorporate didactic, practical, clinical, and internship educational experience. Successful completion of the EMT-Basic class and the EMT-Skills Evaluation class  included in this program, prepares you to sit for the State Board of Emergency Medical Services Licensure Testing.

Instructor: John Hultgren / Shiloh Walter Course Number: 09CSEMT-B
Dates: May 27 - Nov 2 Days: Mon & Wed
Times: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Credit Hours: 11
Tuition & Fees: $815 Contact Hours:  
Textbook Cost: $117    
Class Location: Health Dept. 1001 N. Brady, Abilene, KS

(For more information, Call the Student Services office at 785-309-3102  or 309-309-3105 )

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Intermediate)

This course instructs the currently certified EMT in advanced patient assessment and intravenous therapy skills, and prepares students for the EMT-I state exam.

Instructor: John Hultgren Course Number: 09CSEMTI
Dates: Jun 2 - Aug 6 Days: Tues - Thur
Times: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Credit Hours: 5
Tuition & Fees: $376 Contact Hours: 84
Textbook Cost: $79    
Class Location: Health Dept. 1001 N. Brady, Abilene, KS

Please call the Student Services Office at SATS to enroll in the EMT Classes. 
Phone:  785-309-3105 or 785-309-3100 or 1-800-466-7989 

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