Health & Human Services

Allied Health

CNA, CMA and Related Classes

CNA students in practiceIf you are interested in helping others, are a hard worker and enjoy encouraging that “satisfied” smile from someone in need, then working as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) may be for you. The CNA has the privilege of meeting the basic needs of our citizens who need it most. This satisfying profession can be a prerequisite for the nursing program, or a stand alone opportunity.

The nursing assistant program is offered at several locations, with opportunities for clinical practice in area long term care facilities.

Other nursing assistant classes are available to increase the student ’s knowledge and marketability.

Contact Information:

Tia Bunch, RN

Cowley College Nursing Coordinator
1406 E 8th
Winfield, KS 67156


P: 620.229.5982

  • The HHA (home health aide) class instructs the CNA how to help elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons live in their own homes instead of in a health care facility.
  • The RA (restorative aide) class trains the CNA to assist therapy departments in long term care facilities, acute care facilities, and to carry out rehabilitative plans of care in the client’s home.
  • The CMA (certified medication aide) class allows the CNA student to pass medications and treatments to long term care residents.

Our instructors are all registered nurses who have a significant amount of experience in their area of expertise.

Courses Offered:

  • ALH 5202 — Certified Medication Aide
  • ALH 5203 — Home Health Aide
  • ALH 5209 — Certified Nursing Assistant
  • ALH 5210 — Restorative Aide
  • ALH 5218 — IV Therapy
  • ALH 5237 — Phlebotomy

Look for Health Related classes here:

Class Schedules

Update and Activation courses are available if you are already a CNA / CMA.

Contact an enrollment representative to get enrolled. Enrollment centers are located on the main campus in Ark City, Mulvane Center and the Wichita Eastside location.

Seat classes are taught at the Winfield and Mulvane campuses. Hybrid classes are offered at the Ark City, Winfield and Mulvane campuses. Not all classes are offered every semester.

Students in CNA classes are required to take a reading level test at the time of enrollment. Students in the HHA and CMA course are required to take a reading level test (TABE - as required by KDADS) prior to enrollment. The HHA and CNA student must present copies of driver's license and Social Security card at the first class meeting, while CMA students submit their documents at the end of class.

Immunizations and specifications for supplies will be discussed during class. CNA, CMA, HHA and RA students must purchase gait belts. CMA's will also need stethoscopes, and a medication book is recommended. Scrubs are required for all clinicals.

Immunization Requirements for Working in the Clinical Setting

Each student is required to have proof of a 2-step TB skin test (two negative TB skin tests) to participate in clinicals and a current TB skin test that will not expire during their class. The college nurse at the main campus can give TB skin tests. Call to arrange an appointment.

State Certification Testing (CNA, CMA, HHA)

Cowley College students receive Letters to Test from their instructors indicating dates and times they will be expected to take the state exam for certification.

Background Check Information

All students who participate in clinical , field work or ride a longs are required to have a background check completed. The non-refundable fee is assessed upon enrollment in the course. For additional information regarding background checks - click here.

CMA Recertification

Contact any Cowley enrollment center to get signed up. Payment of $120 is due at the time of enrollment. This fee includes the $20 payment to KDADS. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Scholarship Information:

Allied Health Department Scholarship

The Health and Human Services Department at Cowley College offers TUITION scholarships to a limited number of qualified applicants for the Allied Health, EMS, Cosmetology, and Criminal Justice programs. Click here for details about the Health and Human Services Department Scholarship.

William Newton Hospital Scholarship

This hospital offers two scholarships: the Healthcare Field Scholarship and the Jean Thornton Memorial Nursing Healthcare Scholarship. Applicants must be accepted as full-time students studying healthcare with 12 or more hours per semester and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship awards are $300 per semester for a maximum of four semesters. Deadline is April 1. Contact the hospital to apply.

Contact Information:

Tia Bunch, RN

Cowley College Nursing Coordinator
1406 E 8th
Winfield, KS 67156


P: 620.229.5982