The healthcare industry is projected to add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022. Certified Nurse Assistants are always in demand due to the increased healthcare needs of an aging population and the high turnover rate within the industry as existing CNAs move on the careers in nursing and other areas within healthcare. As nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities seek out trained CNAs to deliver healthcare services to patients, it’s a great time to join the industry and make a difference in the lives of patients. The Wyoming State Board of Nursing requires prospective nurse assistants to enroll in an approved nursing assistant education program and complete at least 120 hours of essential classroom and practical training in preparation for delivering bedside care.
Laramie County Community College
Students who successfully complete the CNA program at Laramie County Community College receive a certificate that grants them eligibility to take the state exam. The program is open to anyone. However, once accepted into the program, the student must provide documentation of immunizations, CPR certification, and a background check. Class times vary: student meet Monday through Friday during summer sessions and Tuesday and Thursday in the fall. The curriculum helps students develop proficiency in basic resident care and covers areas such as infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, mental health, medical terminology, personal care skills, nutrition and feeding, the role of the nursing assistant, and death and dying. The curriculum also covers exam preparation and a 40-hour clinical at a nursing home. Students must attend 100 percent of the classes – any missed classes must be made up. Tuition for the program is $374 plus expenses for the textbook ($78), uniform ($48), background check, TB test, CPR certification, application fee, and the written and skills exam.
- Website: https://www.lccc.wy.edu/programs/nursing/CNA.aspx
- Address: 1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001
- Phone: 307-778-1267
Healthcare Provider Education Center
The CNA course at HCP Education Center runs for three weeks and includes two weeks of classroom theory and lab practice and one week of clinical training at a local facility. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enrollment is open to any individual of working age who can answer “no” to the criminal history questions on the application. An applicant with a criminal history should contact the Wyoming Board of Nursing for a list disqualifying offenses. Along with the completed application, a prospective student must submit a notarized cover letter and the non-refundable program fee. Registration takes place on Tuesday of the week before the scheduled class between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – a social security card and driver’s license or passport are required. Tuition for the program is $425 plus expenses for books, uniform, transport, and supplies. Funding may be available through several state agencies for eligible candidates.
- Website: http://www.hcpeducation.com/index.html
- Address: 1013 Logan Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82007
- Phone: 307-778-8861
The associate of occupational studies degree at College America prepares students for several career paths including nurse assisting, pharmacy technician, medical lab assistant, pharmacy technician, medical billing/coding, or phlebotomist. Over a period of twenty months, students gain the fundamental knowledge and practical skills needed to work in an entry-level position. Flexible class schedules with the option to mix traditional classes with online learning are designed to accommodate working students. Committed instructors offer personalized attention and support when students need them. The 100.5 credit hour program includes instruction in medical records and communications, fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, medical billing, medical terminology, law and ethics, pharmacy technology, pharmacy essentials, computer fundamentals, medical laboratory processes, drug administration, and nursing assisting practice. Tuition for the program is $42,411.
- Website: http://www.collegeamerica.edu/healthcare/associates/medical-specialties
- Address: 6101 Yellowstone Road Suite 101, Cheyenne, WY 82007
- Phone: 307-432-9200
Laramie County School District #1
The nursing assistant program is offered at several high schools in the Laramie County School District. The Healthcare Careers II (CNA) program is targeted to juniors or seniors who are interested in a career in health. The course is a requirement for enrolling the nursing program at the University of Wyoming. The curriculum combines classroom and laboratory practice with a clinical experience at a medical facility. The program emphasizes safe and effective direct and indirect patient care. Course topics include medical terminology, the role of the nurse aide, nutrition and feeding, infection control, personal care, hygiene, patient rights, laws and ethics, and communication and interpersonal skills. The clinical experience is mandatory and takes place during the second semester. Graduates are eligible to tale the nursing assistant exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.
- Website: http://www.laramie1.org/
- Address: 1213 W Allison Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007
- Phone: 307-771-2410
The Nursing Assistant program is also available at the following schools in the LCSD.
Central High School (LCSD #1)
5500 Education Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001
East High School (LCSD #1)
2800 E Pershing Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82009
Triumph High School
1250 West College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007