Wyoming CNA Requirements and State Approved CNA Programs

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Certified nursing assistants act as essential liaisons between Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and their patients. They assist patients or residents at long term care facilities with their healthcare needs under the direction of an LPN or RN. Wyoming’s nurse assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings, including adult day care centers, specialized clinics, hospitals, home health agencies, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Nurse aide training prepares you for an entry-level position in the healthcare industry where you’ll work to enhance the lives of those you serve and promote quality, direct patient care. Wyoming’s State Board of Nursing determines the criteria and upholds the standards for nursing aide training and certification. The Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys, reviews and approves nurse aide training programs, and the Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys (OHLS) maintains the state’s nurse aide registry.

CNA Classes in Wyoming:

Certification Requirements

A CNA must obtain placement on the state registry in order to work in licensed nursing care facilities and swing beds within the state. As a prospective CNA, you must apply for and graduate from a state-accredited nursing aide training program and pass the nurse aide competency exam in order to obtain certification for employment. Employers must verify a prospective employee’s status on the registry before extending an offer of employment.

If you’re currently enrolled in a training program, you can apply for a temporary license to work for a period of 120 days (4 months). The one-time permit is available only to nurse aides who are applying for certification by examination. You can apply for the permit after completing the training or at a later date. The department will invalidate your permit if you fail any portion of the competency exam.

Out-of-state CNAs and other individuals applying for an application by endorsement can apply for a 90-day permit from the board of nursing. The board makes the permit available when the nurse aide submits proof of certification from another state.

Prerequisites to Training

Each school determines its own requirements for program entry. Neither state nor federal authorities impose restrictions on entry as it relates to education. Your training provider may host an orientation session before enrollment to share details about the program and evaluate prospective students’ ability to complete the training. Your educational background becomes an issue after certification. Some employers are more likely to employ high school graduates. High school graduates may also earn more and advance to other careers in the medical industry after further study.

Following are some other prerequisites to training:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English
  • High School graduate or GED equivalent (recommended)
  • No records of arrest, crimes, or assault of any kind
  • Valid state-issued ID card
  • Physical Exam and TB Clearance (current within 1 year)
  • Immunization (MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Meningitis)

Wyoming Certified Nurse Aide Training Requirements

The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) governs the training and evaluation of nurse aides across the nation. The Wyoming Board of Nursing, in accordance with the guidelines, require’s prospective nurse aides to complete a training program of a minimum 120 hours. Some schools facilitate more than the required minimum hours to prepare graduates for success on the job. Programs consist of classroom and clinical training to prepare students with both practical and theoretical knowledge and hands-on learning.

Classroom instruction takes the form of lectures, presentations, interactive discussions, and live demonstrations. Topics covered include personal care and hygiene, basic nursing principles, safety and emergency, patient transfers, vital signs, medical terminology and abbreviations, law and ethics, nutrition, communication, death and dying. The clinical experience gives students the opportunity to put their classroom learning to work in a real-world setting under the direction of the registered nurse instructor. Many Wyoming training providers also host informative sessions to help students prepare and practice for the state certification exam.

Training programs run for 4 to 8 weeks depending on schedule. After graduating from the program, you’re eligible to sit the nurse aide evaluation for placement on the state’s registry.

Cost of CNA Training Wyoming

Where you train will determine how much you pay for instruction. The total fee, inclusive of tuition and other costs, is generally highest at for-profit institutes and community colleges. Community colleges and universities cost more due to miscellaneous fees – lab fees, student fees, library fees, registration, caution fees, parking, administrative fees are just some of the costs attached to education at community colleges. If you have budget constraints, you should visit local nursing homes in your area to ask about opportunities for free training.

In general, you should expect to pay an average of $900 for tuition at community colleges and private programs. You should allocate funds for the state certification, supplies, textbooks, scrubs, and medical tools. Check the school’s financial aid office for grants that will reduce the cost of training. You can also ask your employer to fund the cost of your training if you work in the healthcare industry. Based on federal laws, you’re eligible for a pro-rated reimbursement of your expenses if you obtain employment at a Medicare/Medicaid-funded facility within 12 months of certification.

Nurse Aide Testing

Wyoming’s nurse aide competency exam, administered by Pearson Vue, comprises of two parts: the written (or oral) examination and the skills evaluation. First-time testers must take both components on the same day, and pass both in order to receive state certification.

The written exam contains 70 multiple choice questions – delivered in English. If you have difficulty reading English, you can request the Oral option on your application form – you cannot request the oral option on testing day. The oral exam comprises of 60 questions and 10 multiple choice reading comprehension questions – delivered in English or Spanish.

During the skills evaluation, you’ll have to demonstrate your nurse aide skills through your performance of five (5) randomly selected tasks. The duration of the skills exam depends on the skills assigned but is generally 20 to 45 minutes. The trained Nurse Aide Evaluator will rate your performance and award a score. You must perform all five tasks correctly in order to receive a passing grade. Wyoming’s Board of Nursing requires nurse aide candidates to pass the competency exam within one year of completing a state-accredited program. If you fail to pass the exam within the stipulated period, you’ll have to retrain in order to challenge the exam.

Download the candidate handbook to review the list of skills and for sample questions from the written exam.

Certification Costs 

  • Written and skills exam – $98
  • Oral and skills exam – $98
  • Spanish oral exam and skills evaluation – $98
  • Written retest – $33
  • Skills retest – $65
  • Oral retest – $33
  • Application fee – $60
  • Criminal background check fee – $60

Walk with the following items on exam day:

  • Check in at least 30 minutes before the exam
  • Two forms of official ID
  • Three sharpened No. 2 pencils and eraser
  • Watch with a second hand
  • Social security number
  • Uniform scrubs and flat, non-skid, closed-toe shoes for the skills exam

Out-of-State CNAs

If you’re an out-of-state CNA, you can transfer your license to Wyoming by endorsement.

  • Download and fill out the application for endorsement
  • Fees for application and criminal background check – total $120
  • Copy of license in good standing from another state
  • The WSBN may issue a temporary permit to work for 90 days while they process your application.

Note: If there are findings of abuse or neglect on your record, the registry will deny your application for transfer.

Renewal

Your CNA license remains valid for two years. Certification expires on December 31st on even-numbered years. To be eligible for renewal, you must:

  • Submit proof of at least sixteen hours of work for monetary compensation
  • Have at least 24 hours of in-service training.

Inform the registry if your address or name changes, so you’ll receive updates – e.g. the renewal form – when the registry sends them out.

Contact the Registry: 

Wyoming Nurse Aide Registry

Wyoming Board of Nursing

2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 110, Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone (307) 777-7601

License Verification: (877) 626-2681

Fax: (307) 777-3519

State Approved CNA Programs in Wyoming

Afton, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

WWCC Outreach-Afton

222 E 4th Avenue, Afton, WY 82901

307-382-1801

Basin, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

NWC Outreach-Basin

919 West B, Basin, WY 82435

307-754-6479

Basin, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Wyoming Retirement Center

890 Highway 20 South, Basin, WY 82002

307-568-2431

Buffalo, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

NWCCD Sheridan College Outreach Buffalo

3059 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801

307-674-6446

Casper, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Casper College

125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601

307-268-2717

Casper, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

Climb Wyoming Casper Office

900 Werner Court Suite 100, Casper, WY 82001

307-237-2855

CNA Cares Enterprises

60 Magnolia, Casper, WY 82001

307-234-8381

Casper, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Poplar Living Center

4305 S Poplar St, Casper, WY 82601

307-237-2561

Cheyenne, HI High Schools offering CNA programs:

Central High School (LCSD #1)

5500 Education Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001

307-771-2216

East High School (LCSD #1)

2800 E Pershing Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82009

307-771-2663 x2160

Laramie County School District #1-South High School

1213 W Allison Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007

307-771-2410 ext. 22607

Laramie County School District #1-Triumph High School

1250 West College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007

307-771-2500

Cheyenne, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

College of America

6101 Yellowstone Road Suite 101, Cheyenne, WY 82007

307-432-9200

Laramie County Community College

1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001

307-778-1267

Cheyenne, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

HCP Education Center

1013 Logan Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82007

307-778-8861

Cody, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

NWC Outreach-Cody

1501 Stampede Avenue, Cody, WY 82435

307-754-6479

Cody, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

West Park Hospital LTC

707 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414

307-578-2415

Douglas, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

EWC Outreach-Douglas

Douglas Care Center 3200 West C St, Douglas, WY 82210

307-532-8247

Douglas, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

JALH Health Services LLC-Douglas Outreach

National Guard Armory, Douglas, WY, 82633

307-851-5000

Ethete, WY High Schools offering CNA programs:

Fremont County BOCES-WY Indian High School

638 Blue Sky Highway, Ethete, WY 82501

307-856-2028

Evanston, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

WWCC Outreach-Evanston

831 Hwy 150 S, Evanston, WY 82901

307-382-1801

Gillette, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Pioneer Manor/Campbell County Memorial Hospital

900 W 8th St, Gillette, WY 82716

307-682-4709

Green River, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Castle Rock Convalescent Center

1445 Uinta Drive, Green River, WY 82935

307-872-4600

Jackson, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

CWC Outreach-Jackson

240 South Glennwood, Suite 124, Jackson, WY 82501

307-855-2128

Jackson, WY High Schools offering CNA programs:

CWC Outreach-Jackson High School

1910 West High School Road, Jackson, WY 82501

307-855-2128

Kemmerer, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

South Lincoln Nursing Center

711 Onyx Street, Kemmerer, WY 83101

307-877-5717

Kemmerer, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

WWCC Outreach-Kemmerer

20 Adaville Rd, Kemmerer, WY 82501

307-382-1801

Lander, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

Rothwell Training Center

8204 Wyoming 789, Lander, WY 82501

307-856-2028

Lander, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Westward Heights Care Center

150 Caring Way, Lander, WY 82520

307-332-5560

Laramie, WY High Schools offering CNA programs:

Albany County School District #1

1948 Grand Avenue, Laramie, WY 82070

307-742-5107

Laramie, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

LCCC at Albany County

1125 Boulder Driver, Laramie, WY 82070

307-778-1267

Lovell, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Northwest College-Lovell Outreach

115 Lane 12, Lovell, WY 82435

307-754-6479

Lusk, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Eastern Wyoming College-Lusk Campus

921 Balance, PO Box 780, Lusk WY 82225

307-532-8247

Lyman, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

WWCC Outreach-Lyman

PO Box 1090, Lyman, WY 82901

307-382-1801

Mountain View, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

WWCC Outreach-Mountain View

129 W 2nd St, Mountain View, WY 82939

307-382-1801

Newcastle, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

EWC Outreach-Newcastle

627 Pine Street, Newcastle, WY 82240

307-532-8247

Newcastle, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Weston County Health Services

1124 Washington Blvd, Newcastle, WY 82701

307-746-2793

Pavillion, WY High Schools offering CNA programs:

Fremont County BOCES-Wind River High School

1994 Cougar Drive, Pavillion, WY 82501

307-856-2028

Pinedale, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

WWCC Outreach-Pinedale

PO Box 977, Pinedale, WY 82941

307-382-1801

Powell, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Northwest College

231 West 6th, Powell, WY 82435

307-754-6479

Powell, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Powell Valley Hospital

777 Avenue H, Powell, WY 82435

307-754-2267

Rawlins, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

Carbon Co Higher Education Center-Vocational Core

812 E Murray St, Rawlins, WY 82301

307-328-9274

Riverton, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Central Wyoming College

2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501

307-855-2128

Riverton, WY High Schools offering CNA programs:

Fremont County BOCES

320 West Main St, Riverton, WY 82501

307-856-2028

Fremont County BOCES-Riverton High School/BOCES

2001 W Summit Drive, Riverton, WY 82501

307-856-2028

Riverton, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

JALH Health Services, LLC

105 So 6th St East, Riverton, WY, 82501

307-851-5000

JALH Health Services LLC-Laramie Outreach

PO Box 807, Riverton, WY, 82501

307-851-5000

Rock Springs, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

Sage View Care Center

1325 Sage St, Rock Springs, WY 82901

307-362-3780

Stapleton Consultants-Rock Springs Program

2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY 82901

307-948-0221

Rock Springs, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Western Wyoming Community College

2500 College Drive, Rock Springs, WY 82901

307-382-1801

Sheridan, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

NWCCD -Sheridan College

3059 Coffee Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801

307-674-6446

NWCCD Outreach-Sheridan H.S.

1056 Long Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801

307-674-6446

Sheridan, WY Hospitals and Nursing Homes offering CNA programs:

Sheridan Manor

1851 Big Horn Ave, Sheridan, WY 82801

307-674-4416

Sundance, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Eastern Wyoming College-Sundance Campus

1016 E Cleveland St, Sundance, WY 82240

307-532-8247

Thermopolis, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

CWC Outreach-Thermopolis

150 E Arapahoe, Thermopolis, WY 82243

307-855-2128

Thermopolis, WY Freestanding CNA programs:

Stapleton Consultants-Thermopolis Program

1210 Canyon Hills Rd, Thermopolis, WY 82243

970-948-0221

Thermopolis, WY High Schools offering CNA programs:

Thermopolis High School

415 Springview, Thermopolis, WY 82243

307-856-2028

Torrington, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Eastern Wyoming College

3200 West C Street, Torrington, WY 82633

307-532-8247

Wheatland, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Eastern Wyoming College- Wheatland Outreach Campus

1350 Oak Street, Wheatland, WY 82240

307-532-8247

Worland, WY Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Northwest College-Worland Outreach

1901 Howell, Worland, WY 82201

307-754-6474


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