Accelerating Opportunity

The Program


A new partnership between the Salina Adult Education Center and Salina Area Technical College means people in the Salina area can train for a new career in health care and earn their GED at the same time.

And the State of Kansas will pay most of the costs!

In the AO-K program, students have an entire support network to help with every aspect of their success.

At the Salina Adult Education Center, students will learn to improve adult basic skills in reading, math and writing to prepare for the GED test and so they have the needed skills to succeed in Salina Tech’s college classes.

Lessons are created specifically to be relevant to the classes students are taking at Salina Tech.

And at Salina Tech, those same adult education instructors will be part of the team. They’ll be in class with the students making sure they get any additional help they need to succeed.

Students also receive advising and career counseling from the Salina Tech AO-K Coordinator. 
Students who qualify for the Accelerated Opportunity program will spend more time in technical and basic skills classes each week.

Salina Tech certifications, courses and programs that currently qualify for this Accelerated Opportunity include:

Certified Nurse Aide

Students are given an introduction to each system in the human body. Age-related changes and common abnormalities are presented along with related nursing-care guidelines and step-by-step procedures in taking vital signs; nutrition and feeding;  and admitting, transferring and dismissing residents. Care of the sick and elderly, caring for infants and children, changing bed linens and moving and positioning patients are all part of this course.

To get started...

1. Contact the Salina Adult Education Center at 785-309-4660, or

2. Meet with the AO-K Coordinator at Salina Tech. Call 785-309-3169 to make an appointment.

3. Complete admissions requirements.

Certified Medication Aide

In this program, students learn to prepare, administer and record medications, learn about and understand medication side effects, common medical abbreviations and how drugs affect the body.

Medical Billing and Coding

This course is designed to educate students with submitting electronic/paper insurance claim forms and current industry coding for medical office treatments and procedures.

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Medical Terminology and/or Anatomy & Physiology.

Medical Terminology

CNAs interested in becoming CMAs or interested in Medical Billing and Coding take Medical Terminology. It is designed for anyone currently employed, or considering a career, in healthcare or associated occupations. It is an excellent preparatory course for those entering CNA, CMA, EMT, LPN/RN, or Medical Coding. This class is a requirement for our Medical Billing & Coding class.



Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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