The Certified Nursing Assistant course at Sheridan College prepares students for entry-level employment in the healthcare field. Anyone interested in becoming a CNA is invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sheridan College Whitney Building, room W181. Attending the session ensures that students have the required information regarding pre-requisites that must be completed to enroll in a CNA course. The next CNA course at Sheridan College begins October 22.
The CNA course consists of six to seven weeks of online learning, followed by five weeks of in-person labs, tests and on-site clinicals. 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.
This accredited CNA course prepares students for employment at hospitals, long–term care facilities and with home-care services.
“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.