How to Become a Home Health Aide in Kansas
According to the state’s rules and regulations for home health agencies, a home health aide or personal aide is anyone providing in-home care under the supervision of a registered nurse.
In order to become a certified home health aide in Kansas, one must be:
- A certified nurse aide in good standing
- Additionally, complete a 20 hour approved home health aide course
- Once the exam is complete, one must pass a competency exam
Step I – Become A Certified Nurse Aide - In order to become a certified nurse aide, training programs are at least 90 hours. They are divided into two parts. At least half the training in each part of the program will consist of clinical instruction; this may take place in a simulated laboratory in a school setting or may take place in an adult care home or in a hospital on a long-term care unit. Programs follow a state curriculum. A student will need to perform a specified set of skills for evaluation by a registered nurse.
- A trainee who has successfully completed the first part of the program may be designated as a Nurse Aide Trainee II.
- All nurse aides (including Home Health Aides) must be registered on the state level directory upon meeting the requirements. The registry can be accessed here
- Kansas Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission provides details on the curriculum and 90 hour courses across the state. Please click here for the updated 90 hour course curriculum
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Step II– Become A Certified Home Health Aide - In order to become a certified home health aide, the applicant must complete an additional 20 hour course
- Approved 20 hour programs can be accessed here
- The curriculum can be downloaded here
- As the last step, you must also successfully complete the state level Home Health Aide Test, which must be passed within one year of taking 20 hour course
- The application form can be accessed here
- A non-refundable fee of $20.00 is required with the application
- Maximum of 3 attempts are allowed to successfully complete the test
- More details on the test can be found here (refer to the section on the State Eligibility for the test)
- Following is the list of approved testing locations for nurse aides and home health aide certifications
Step III– Register Yourself - As a last step, you must also register on the nurse aide registry
Kansas Department of Health and Environment provides a directory of approved home health agencies. You can access the directory by clicking the link below (and selecting the "Home Health Agency" option on the webpage):
Approximately 5,940 people were employed as Home health aides in Kansas in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $9.40/hour and $13.84/hour in 2015 (average rate was $11.12/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $19,560 and $28,790 (average annual wage was $23,130)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics