Next Certified Nursing Assistant Course at Sheridan College begins Aug. 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                Aug. 7, 2018

Contact:           Wendy Smith, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communication (307) 675-0412, wsmith@sheridan.edu

Claire Barnes, Public Relations Specialist (307) 675-0416, cbarnes@sheridan.edu

The Certified Nursing Assistant course at Sheridan College prepares students for entry-level employment in the health care field. The next class is Aug. 27 through Oct. 19, but prospective students should begin the process by Aug. 10 to allow enough time to complete the four requirements needed to enroll. The course consists of six to seven weeks of online learning, followed by a week of in-person labs, tests and on-site clinicals in Sheridan.

Students will attain the skills and knowledge they need to take the certification examinations administered by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing that are required to become a CNA. CNAs properly care for ill, injured or disabled people in a variety of settings. They help people with day-to-day tasks, as well as take vital signs, monitor nutrition and hydration, and report changes in a patents’ mental or physical condition to other members of the medical team.

The accredited CNA course prepares students for employment at hospitals, long–term care facilities and with home-care services. College officials estimate that there are 250 CNAs employed throughout Sheridan and Johnson counties, so there are many job opportunities locally.

“Our class gives students the knowledge and skills they need for a lifelong career as a CNA, or it can be used as a stepping stone to further education if students are interested in going on to pursue other careers in healthcare,” said Amy Wyatt, CNA Instructor.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026. As the baby-boom population ages, the demand will increase for CNAs and other healthcare professionals to assist and care for elderly patients.

For more information, including program costs, required prerequisites and more information about the enrollment process visit www.sheridan.edu/cna or contact Fay Bisbee, Nursing Student Coordinator, at 307-675-0301 or fbisbee@sheridan.edu. Enrollment packets are available at the front desk of the Whitney Academic Center on the Sheridan College campus.