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Adult Health Care

The Adult Healthcare program offerings include Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medication Aide, Certified Medication Aide Update and Certified Nurse Aide Refresher. These courses are approved by Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Follow us on Facebook for up to date information on what is happening in the Adult Healthcare world! See below for Program Updates, Job Listings, and  Opportunities for Networking within the Profession. Ready to get started? Request a Program Brochure

See also: Adult Healthcare Handbook

Upcoming Adult Healthcare Classes

Select the links below to see the full semester schedule of CNA, CMA, CNA Refresher and CMA Update classes.

Spring 2022 Schedule

**All classes are tentative, pending state approval and student enrollment. Clinicals may not be held in Barton county. Class schedule changes or updates may occur at the discretion of the instructor. COVID-19 continues to present challenges, clinical changes are possible. 

An active CNA certificate is a required pre-requisite for the Barton Nursing Program. Complete a Change of Major Form.

Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. The sizes of classes are limited. CNA clinical groups max out at 10, CMA clinical groups max out at 6. Courses are scheduled upon student interest and instructor availability. Please check back frequently for updated class schedules.

Tuition/Fees Barton County Resident Out of County, In-State Resident
CNA $725 $760
CMA $660 $695
CMA Update $131 $138
CNA Refresher $127 $134

Payment: Due at the time of enrollment. Financial aid ineligible.

Books: Books are required the first day of class and not included in tuition and fees. They can be purchased through the Barton bookstore. Follow the links below for book information.


Why Barton’s Adult Healthcare Program?


  • Hybrid or face-to-face classes
  • Evening classes
  • Accelerated courses


  • Designated Adult Healthcare lab in T-119
  • Equipment available on campus that students will use in the clinical settings such as mechanical lifts, wall mounted blood pressure cuffs and hospital beds
  • Instructor led simulations on manikins
  • Clinical sites in Great Bend, Ellsworth, Ellinwood, Larned, LaCrosse, Lyons, Russell, St. John, Stafford and Wilson

State Exam Pass Rates

2014-2015: CNA 89%, CMA 98%
2015-2016: CNA 92%, CMA100%
2016-2017: CNA 98%, CMA 98%
2018-2019: CNA 98%, CMA 100%
2019-2020: CNA 98%, CMA 100%

State Testing

Barton Community College is an approved testing facility through KDADS. We proctor state exams for Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medication Aide, and Home Health Aide. If you would like to test at our facility please complete the Testing Schedule Form

Curriculum Guides
Curriculum Guides

2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

2018-2020 Certified Nurse Aide 
2018-2020 Certified Medication Aide 

2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

2020-2022 Certified Nurse Aide 
2020-2022 Certified Medication Aide 

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Course and Refresher Course
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Course and Refresher Course

Occupational Outlook and Earnings

The CNA course is a 90 contact hour course that prepares students for the state certification exam. It is approved and regulated by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). CNAs provide direct care to patients in hospitals and residents of assisted living centers and long term care facilities.  Students must be 16 years old to enroll.

Check your CNA/CMA certificate status online.

Certified Nurse Aide Refresher

The CNA Refresher course is a 15 contact hour course that is approved by KDADS to reactivate a Kansas CNA certificate that has expired. The course consists of a brief review of the KDADS CNA curriculum guidelines as well as student demonstration, in the lab Environment of the 18 skills from the Kansas Nurse Aide Task Checklist.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA) Course and Update Course
Certified Medication Aide (CMA) Course and Update Course

The CMA course is a 75 contact hour course that prepares students for the state certification exam. CMAs administer medications to residents in assisted living centers, and long term care facilities. A Certified Nurse Aide certification is a requirement for CMA training. Students must be 18 years old to enroll.

Certified Medication Aide Update

The CMA Update course is a 15 contact hour course that is approved by KDADS to meet the requirement for Kansas CMA continuing education that must be completed every two years. This course is designed to provide the student with a review of basic knowledge and introduction of new medications and their safe administration.

Instructor Possibilities
Instructor Possibilities

Available on campus as well as in Ellinwood, Hoisington, Great Bend, Lacrosse, Larned, Lyons, Russell, St. John and Wilson. Face to Face and Hybrid Class options are available. To start, complete the KDADS Instructor Application and apply online for CNA/CMA Adjunct Faculty at Barton. 

Partnering Programs
Partnering Programs

BCC Adult Healthcare Scholarship
Excel in CTE Initiative (SB155) for high school Juniors & Seniors  
A-OK participants 
WIA participants
3rd Party Payee

** Payment is not contingent upon student performance in the class. Student record information will not be released to Partnering Programs. The student must complete a FERPA form for this to occur. Contact us for more information.
** You may be eligible for additional scholarships, Barton Bound. Contact the Business Office for more information. 

Enrollment Information