Wichita Area Technical College Nursing Program Review

Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) began operations in 1965 and since then it has established various agreements with numerous employers to provide students with focused and enriching studies. The school boasts state-of-the-art equipment that allow students to tap into their true potential while receiving the necessary lectures that prepares them for demanding, high-paying jobs.

WATC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The main campus is located on Webb Road in Wichita with other campuses at Southside and Grove. Nursing students can choose the following programs:

Certified Medication Aide, COC

The content of the Certified Medication Aide (CMA) course builds on the knowledge and experience gained as a certified nurse aide (CNA).They are also taught to document medications given to residents and provide accurate measurements as well. The entire program is a 5 credit hour course with the GRA 101 Certified Nurse Aide or Kansas Certified Nurse Aide certification as pre-requisite. Students are trained to correctly administer medicine in long-term facilities. Graduates are eligible to sit the certification examination once the course is completed. If they pass the exam, they are recognized as certified medication aides. The program is accredited by the Kansas Board of Regents and approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The minimum age accepted into the program in 16-years-old. All applicants must possess a current Kansas Certified Nurse Aide certificate.

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), COC

This course is built on classroom instruction, laboratory and clinical experiences all of which teach students the necessary skills to be professional health providers in nursing homes. After successful completion of the 5 credit hours, students are eligible to sit the state examination to become a certified nurse aide.

The course is delivered through daytime and evening classes. The former is covered in three weeks with daily weekly meetings and the latter in three months over three times per week. Applicants must meet the minimum age requirement and must test negative for PPD TB skin test within the last six months. In the absence of a PTD TB skin test, they may also submit a chest X-ray taken within the last three years. This must have negative test results. The program is accredited by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Home Health Aide, COC

This program consists of two credit hours and is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. Only applicants with a current CNA certificate are considered for admission. Additionally, they must be 18-years or older and submit documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalency prior to graduation. Upon successful completion, graduates can take the examination to become a certified home health aide. The program provides the necessary content that enables them to care for patients in a community and home setting.

Practical Nurse, TC

This entire course consists of 49 credit hours that includes both nursing and general education subjects. The general education subjects include: Principles of Nutrition, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Computer Applications, General Psychology and Developmental Psychology. After successful completion graduates can sit the NCLEX-PN examination.

Students interested in advanced placement must submit official transcript of coursework to be analyzed for consideration. All applicants must ensure that they have a grade 2.0 of higher in all coursework to be eligible to enter the program. They must also submit a copy of the American Heart Association’s CPR for Health Care Providers and meet other requirements established by the school.

Wichita Area Technical College
301 S. Grove
Wichita, KS 67211

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