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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 December - January 2021. While the majority of the course work is completed online, students must report to Bowling Green for 3 days. 

Course Schedule:

Self-paced - Complete online course prior to Monday, January 4. 

Skills Days and Clinical Days (subject to change based on incliment weather): 

  • Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 8 -- 9:30-4:30 pm at WKU School of Nursing
    • Note: Students will only report three days that week. The exact three days will be announced closer to the date.

Skills Days are held at the WKU School of Nursing, located at E 1st. Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101.


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
  • 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 program is $350. Students will also be responsible for covering specific costs such as: 2-step TB skin test (~$40) and the state test ($75).


Application Process: 


Questions, contact Catherine Malin




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