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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 these hours 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)?

Physician Assistant programs are requiring applicants to have extensive hands-on experience working with patients. Many programs require upwards of 1000 hours. To meet this requirement, students can work in long-term care facilities as an SRNA. Working as a SRNA gives students valuable experience working one-on-one with patients and their families.

Course Description? 

The next course will take place during 3 weeks of the January 2018 term. The first two weeks are predominately taught online. There are two days during the second week that students must report to the WKU School of Nursing for skills practice sessions. During the third week, students will complete their clinical rotations in a long-term care facility.  

Course Schedule: 

January 1-10: Complete online modules 

January 11: Skills Session Day 1 at WKU School of Nursing (all day) 

January 12: Skills Session Day 2 at WKU School of Nursing (all day) 

Week of January 15: Clinical rotation in the long-term care facility 

Program Eligibility: 

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

  • Students must be a WKU student 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed at least 45 credit hours
  • Open to sophomores - seniors
  • 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 Winter 2018 program is $300. Students will also be responsible for covering specific costs such as: TB skin test, drug screen, scrubs, etc. 

A $100 refund will be awarded to students who pass the state exam and provide proof of part-time employment as an SRNA. Students may pay online by credit card or bring cash/check to Academic Complex 408.  

Application Process: 
  • To apply visit
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, November 5 at 11:59 pm 
  • Interviews: Conducted from November 9- November 17
  • Notified of Acceptance: November 20 


Questions, contact Lucy Juett or Catherine Malin


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 Last Modified 10/23/17