According to guidelines established by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, you must successfully complete an approved nursing assistant program to be eligible to take the NNAAP exam. The Board will issue a Graduate Nurse Aide temporary permit after receiving a certification of completion from the program instructor and a completed application for certification. It is essential that you complete the fingerprint cards and schedule a testing date during the temporary permit time period. A criminal background check may take up to 60 days to complete, so submit your fingerprints early as the temporary permit will expire in 120 days.
How to Apply for the NNAAP Exam Wyoming:
To apply for the NNAAP examination in Wyoming, you must submit an Application for Nurse Assistant Exam Registration to the American Red Cross to schedule an exam and another Application for Wyoming Nursing Assistant Certification by Examination to the State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing will issue a temporary permit upon review of your application. Submit all the required documentation with your application for it to be considered complete.
Your submission to the American Red Cross should include:
- A completed application
- A certificate of completion from a state-approved nurse aide training program
- A certified check or money for the exam fee.
The American Red Cross will issue a Confirmation letter within 10 business days of receiving the application form. If you do not receive the Confirmation, you should call the ARC at 1-866-257-5238. If your application has deficiencies that cannot be corrected within two weeks of the test date, you will be scheduled for the next month.
Your submission to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing should include:
- A completed WSBN application
- A personal statement to explain any “Yes” answers to the History Information section
- A copy of your birth certificate or driver’s license and a social security card
- Payment using a money order, credit number, or facility check.
Pearson Vue complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing candidates with full access to take the test. Submit documented proof of your disability before submitting your application to take the exam. Include your name, address, and Social Security number, and an explanation of the type of arrangements you need for the exam. Enclose supporting documentation from a physician or specialist who diagnosed or confirmed your disability.
The Confirmation letter will include important details, including the date, time, and location of the test. If you’re unable to take the exam on the scheduled date, you must call ARC at least 48 hours before the test date to reschedule. If you call not call within the specified time and do not show up for the exam, your exam fee will not be refunded, and you cannot be transferred to a new date. If you notify ARC in time, you will receive a new test date without penalty.
Pay for both the written and the oral components if you’re taking the exam for the first time.
ARC accepts money order or certified checks. You can also use a MasterCard or Visa to pay for the exam, but there is a surcharge. All exam fees are non-refundable.
The fees for the exam are as follows:
- Written Exam and Skills Evaluation – $98
- Oral English Exam and Skills Evaluation– $98
- Oral Spanish Exam and Skills Evaluation – $98
- Written Exam Retest – $33
- Oral English Examination retest – $33
- Oral Spanish Examination retest – $33
- Skills Evaluation retest – $65
If paying with a credit card, the fees are as follows:
- Written Exam and Skills Evaluation – $101.50
- Oral English Exam and Skills Evaluation– $101.50
- Oral Spanish Exam and Skills Evaluation – $101.50
- Written Exam Retest – $34.25
- Oral English Examination retest – $34.25
- Oral Spanish Examination retest – $34.25
- Skills Evaluation retest – $67.25
Federal law mandates that your nursing home employer pays for your certification test, nursing assistant training, textbooks, and course materials. If you receive an offer of employment within 12 months of certification, the nursing home will reimburse your expenses on a prorated basis.
If you apply for retest, and your application was submitted to the WSBN within the past 12 months, you will need only to submit the examination fee to retest.
NNAAP Exam Overview Wyoming
The NNAAP Exam is the final step to demonstrate your competency to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. The two-part test comprises of a timed Written exam and a timed Skills evaluation. The Written exam is available in Oral format in both English and Spanish. The state approved nurse aide training program, which you must complete before taking the exam, will prepare you for success on the exam. The state and federally guided curriculum cover the areas of knowledge and practice on the state exam, so review your notes. Practice and familiarity with the Essential NA Skills should be a priority in your preparation for the skills exam.
Upon successful completion of both parts of the exam, your name will be added to the Wyoming Nurse Aide Registry.
The Written Exam
Seventy multiple-choice questions cover a broad range of subjects in three categories for the Written Exam. The revised content outline, effective January 2016, narrows the content categories to three broad subjects: Physical Care Skills (37 questions), Psychosocial Care Skills (8 questions), and Role of the Nurse Aide (15 questions) – for a total of 60 questions. The percentage of the final score assigned to each category is available in the Candidate Handbook. The other ten questions that make up the 70 questions are considered pretest (non-scored items) used for statistical review. The Written Exam is a two-hour exam with questions listed in a test booklet, and you’ll provide your answers on a separate answer sheet.
The Oral Exam
Candidates have the option to take an Oral exam, in English or Spanish format, in place of the Written exam. To qualify for this option, you must request and pay for it in advance when you submit your application for the NNAAP. If you’re not sure whether the Oral exam is right for you, a handy Reading Assessment in the Candidate Handbook will help you to decide. The Reading Assessment is available on pages 18 to 21 of the Montana Candidate Handbook and comprises of two sections – each with multiple-choice questions. You can review and correct your responses at the end of the assessment to make a decision. If you score less than 17, you have difficulty reading the Written Exam content and should consider taking the Oral exam. If you select the Oral option, a Nurse Aide Evaluator will provide an MP3 player so you can hear the questions read aloud. There are two parts to the two-hour Oral exam. You must pass both parts to pass the Oral Examination. The first part contains 60 multiple-choice questions (read twice) and the second part contains 10 multiple-choice questions that will test your ability to speak a minimum amount of English. Common words used by nurse aides will be read three times, and you’ll match the word to the written word in the test booklet.
The Skills Exam
Review the NNAAP Skills List in the Candidate Handbook as it will contain a list of skills that you’ll have to perform on the Skills Evaluation. From that list, five skills, including hand washing, will be randomly selected for you to perform. Apart from hand washing, at least one of the skills will be recording a measurement, such as measuring a pulse, recording a blood pressure, or taking the patient’s weight. Before the 25-minute exam begins, a registered nurse, trained as a nurse aide evaluator, will provide an instruction card with your list of skills and point out the equipment in the simulated work setting. Another candidate will act the role of the client. It is recommended that you treat the candidate as you would a normal client and perform the skills in the order they’re listed on the instruction card. The NAE will assess your overall performance and comfort level with the skills you’re asked to perform. She will also ensure that you perform the Critical Element Step for each skill. The critical element is essential for success on the exam, so you must perform them. If you’re not certain what the steps are for each skill, you should review them in the Candidate Handbook as part of your exam preparation. The CESs are highlighted in bold type in the booklet. You must pass all five skills to pass the Skills Evaluation. Since you’ll have to play the role of the client for another candidate, it is important that you dress appropriately in loose-fitting scrubs and flat, non-skid shoes for the exam.
What To Bring To The Exam
Upon your arrival at the test site, a Nurse Aide Evaluator will need to check your Confirmation Letter and two forms of signature identification. One of the IDs should contain your photo. To check-in and receive instructions for the exam, it is important that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. Do not take unnecessary items to the test center as personal items are not allowed in the test room, and there may not be storage at the center. Check-in will be required for both the Written and the Skills exam.
Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, clinic card, library card, a signature-bearing social security card, passport, state-issued identification card, school ID, or alien registration card. The name on the IDs must match the name used for registration exactly. If the names do not match, you must take a copy of official documentation as proof of the name change. You will not be allowed to take the test if you do not present proper identification.
Summary of items to take to the test center:
- Two forms of official, signature-bearing IDs. One must be a photo ID
- Three No. 2 pencils and an eraser
- Your social security number
- A watch with a second hand
- Confirmation letter
- A self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your score reports.
You cannot use cell phones, beepers, and other electronic devices during the exam, so you must switch them off. Study aids, briefcases, and large handbags are not permitted in the exam room. A Nurse Aide Evaluator will collect all personal items and return them at the end of the exam.
Receiving Your Scores
After completing your exams, you must vacate the test site as score reports are not distributed on the same day. The evaluator will place your score report in the self-addressed stamped envelope that you provide and drop it in the nearest USPS mailbox for local delivery. If you do not provide the envelope, your report will be returned to Pearson Vue and mailed to your address within 5 to 7 business days after receipt. If the evaluator cannot send the test sheets and receive the reports via fax, the test sheets will be mailed to Pearson Vue for scoring, and you’ll receive the results 5 to 7 business days later.
If you pass both parts of the exam and meet all the eligibility requirements for certification, you’ll receive confirmation of your listing on the Wyoming Nurse Aide Registry.
If you fail the exam, the report will contain guidelines for retesting. You must submit the failing score report and the exam fee for the part(s) you failed. You must pass both parts of the exam within five attempts or one year from the date you completed the nurse aide training program.
Contact the Registry
Wyoming Department of Health
Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys
6101 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Fax: (307) 777-7127
PO Box 13785
Philadelphia, PA 19101-3785
Wyoming State Board of Nursing
130 Hobbs Ave, Suite B
Cheyenne, WY 82002