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State Registered Nursing Assistant

State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) Course 


One of the requirements to any professional health program (medical school, physician assistant programs, etc.) is experience in the health field. Some physician assistant programs require upwards of 1000 hands-on hours in the health field. The hands-on experience cannot simply be shadowing, but must involve direct patient interaction. One way of acquiring direct patient care is to work as a SRNA in a long-term care facility.  AHEC is offering a SRNA course to prepare students for the state exam. Once a student passes the state exam, they can begin working as a SRNA. 


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Why SRNA (previously known as a CNA)?

Health profession programs prefer students to have health care experience prior to applying for their programs. Some programs, particularly physician Assistant programs require it. To gain valuable patient care experience, students can work as a SRNA in either a long term care setting or in a hospital setting.


Course Description? 

The next course will take place in May-June 2022. While the majority of the course work is completed online, students must report to Bowling Green for 5 days.


Course Schedule (May/June Program):

Self-paced - Complete online course prior to Tuesday, May 31. 

Skills Days and Clinical Days: 

  • Wednesday, June 1-- at WKU School of Nursing
  • Thursday, June 2 -- at WKU School of Nursing
  • Friday, June 3 -- at WKU School of Nursing
  • 9:30-4:30pm each day
    • Skills Days are held at the WKU School of Nursing, located at E 1st. Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101.
  • Monday, June 6 (location and time TBA)
  • Tuesday, June 7 (location and time TBA) 


Program Eligibility: 

This program is open to WKU students, with priority given to Pre-Physician Assistant Studies. Read the below requirements carefully and contact Catherine Malin if you have any questions.   

  • Prioriy is given to WKU students
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Students must pass a criminal background check*
  • Students must be able to pass random drug tests 

Students are strongly encouraged to seek part-time employment as an SRNA upon completing the course. 

*Note: A criminal conviction does not immediately expel you from the program. Each conviction will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  


Do Not Apply If: 

  • You cannot pass random drug tests. 
  • You owe money to KCTCS; the state checks and if you owe money to KCTCS you cannot take the state exam until the balance is paid in full. 
  • You are on the Nursing Assistant Abuse Registry.
  • You are on the Caregivers Misconduct Registry.


Program Costs: 

  • The cost of the Summer program is $300.
  • Students will also be responsible for covering specific costs such as: 2-step TB skin test (~$40) and the state test ($75).


Program Paperwork: 

Once accpeted into the program, students are required to submit the following:

  • Proof of vaccinations
  • 2 step TB skin test or chest x-ray or Tspot blood test 


Application Process: 


Questions, contact Catherine Malin




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 Last Modified 3/1/22