Certified Nurse Aide 

  • CNA students practice patient care
  • CNA student puts a blanket on a bed
  • CNA students learn to brush a patient's teeth
  • CNA student learns to make a bed with patient in it

CNAs are on the front-lines of patient care in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.

Students in this class learn introductory anatomy and physiology, as well as elements of nutrition and feeding; admitting, transferring and dismissing residents. Care of the critically ill and dying; changing bed linens; lifting and positioning patients are also part of this course, using a combination of classroom learning, hands-on practice and 25 hours of clinical experience.

This course meets all requirements to become a CNA in the state of Kansas.

Classes are available in the afternoons and evenings to work around students’ work schedules.

Prerequisites: Reading Placement Test, TB Questionnaire and follow up if indicated. Clear copy of driver’s license.  Clear copy of SS card. Reading Placement Test can be scheduled by calling 785-309-3136, or online here.

You will learn

  • Understand the purpose and concepts of long term care.

  • Recognize patients’ rights and the legal implications of working in health care.

  • Demonstrate/perform hands on skills for meeting patient needs.

  • Demonstrate and practice infection control and blood borne pathogen precautions.

  • Have knowledge of the certification requirements for the State of Kansas.

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and understand medical terminology.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

  • Possess knowledge of disease prevention and health promotion.


  • Hospitals

  • Physician offices

  • Long-term care

  • Nursing homes

  • Home health care


  • Contact the Health Occupations Specialist with any questions, or admission requirement information.

Bekki Ringle




Naomi Tatro is a Registered Nurse, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. 

Mrs. Tatro has worked in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, served as a Director of Nursing, and was a CNA Clinical Instructor at Cloud County Community College before joining the Salina Tech Allied Health Program in 2013.

Mrs. Tatro is currently working on her Master Degree in Nursing. 

naomi.tatro@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3105

Sandra Grubb is a Registered Nurse, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State University. 

Mrs. Grubb is a Charge Nurse in a long-term care facility and experienced with wound care, infection control, caring for residents, and teaches staff education. She is a CNA/CMA Clinical Instructor for Cloud County Community College and joined the Salina Tech Allied Health program in 2018 as an adjunct instructor.

sandra.grubb@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

Amy Thompson is a Registered Nurse, earning her Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from North Central Kansas Technical College.

Mrs. Thompson has experience as an RN Case Manager and Assisted Living Director of Nursing and is a Certified Nurse Aid.  She joined the Salina Tech Allied Health Program in 2018 as an adjunct instructor. 

amy.thompson@salinatech.edu| 785-309-3100