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State Registered Nursing Assistant (SRNA)

One of the requirements to any professional health program (medical school, physician assistant programs, etc.) is experience in the healthcare field. One way of acquiring direct patient care is to work as a SRNA or nurse aide.  AHEC's SRNA course prepares students for the state exam. Once a student passes the state exam, they can begin working as a SRNA in the long-term care or hospital setting.

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.

The didactic portion of the work is completed online via Blackboard. Students will be given access to the online material roughly three weeks prior to the in-person portion of the course. Students must pass the mock skills exam to be cleared for the state exam.

Week 1: Students must complete exam 1 prior to skills practice days.  

  • Skills practice day 1 = Thursday, May 23 (9:30 am – 4:30pm) – WKU School of Nursing
  • Skills practice day 2 = Friday, May 24 (9:30am – 4:30pm) – WKU School of Nursing

Week 2: Students must complete exam 2 prior to skills practice days.

  • Skills practice day 3 =  Thursday, May 30 (9:30 am– 4:30pm ) – WKU School of Nursing
  • Skills practice day 4  – Friday, May 31 (9:30 am – 4:30pm ) – WKU School of Nursing

Week 3: Students must completed exam 3 prior to mock skills exam.

  • Clinical Day - Group 1 = June 3 - Location TBA
  • Clinical Day 2  - Group 1= June 4 - Location TBA
  • Clinical Day 1  - Group 1= June 5 - Location TBA
  • Clinical Day 2  - Group 2= June 6 - Location TBA
  • June 9 = mock skills exam – WKU School of Nursing – students will be assigned an exam time once enrolled in the course

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

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  • The cost of the Summer program is $250.
  • Students will also be responsible for covering specific costs such as: 2-step TB skin test (~$40).

Please read the following information carefully before applying.

This program is open to WKU students, recent high school graduates, and community members with priority given to recent high school graduates and 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.  

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

  • Proof of vaccinations including: 
    • COVID 
    • DTP
    • MMR
    • Hept B
    • Varicella
  • 2 step TB skin test or chest x-ray or Tspot blood test 
  • Drug Test


Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Please contact Catherine Malin with any questions. 


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Application deadline: April 1, 2024




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