Nursing and Allied Health

Certified Nursing Assistant

About the Certified Nursing Assistant Occupation

Duties of a CNA

  • Answer patient call signals to determine patients' needs
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using thet toilet, standing, walking, or exercising
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and prepare or serve food trays
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake, as well as waste output, reporting changes to nursing staff
  • Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, height, weight, or resperation rate
  • Gather information, document observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms
  • Turn, position, transfer, feed, undress, wash, and dress patients who are unable to do so for themselves
  • Change bed linens
  • Restock patent rooms with personal hygiene items, such as towels, washcloths, soap, or toilet paper
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testin units, operating rooms, or other areas, using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds

Median Pay is $13.23 per hour (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)
The CNA job outlook expected to grow 11%

About the NWC Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program

This certificate is designed to prepare students to take National Certified Nursing Assistant examination to acquire Wyoming State Certification.  The course work provides training and instruction on basic theory, principles and skills necessary to provide client/resident care in the healthcare setting.  Students will be made aware of how state and federal laws, as well as policies and procedures of the institution, govern the practice of the nursing assistant.  Special emphasis is placed on the role of the nursing assistant in meeting the physical, psycho-social, mental, spiritual, and cultural needs of the client/resident.  The student will be introduced to medical vocabulary and terminology to give a working knowledge of medical terms, the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combined forms of words.  
The Nursing Assistant course is delivered in a hybrid format.  Students complete lecture and course work online, and attend face-to-face lab and clinical experiences in various long term care centers across the region.  Successful completion of the core course, NRST 1510, allows students to sit for the Wyoming State Board of Nursing certification exam.

Required Courses:
NRST 1200 - Medical Terminology (2 Credits)
NRST 1510 - Nurse Assistant (4 Credits)

Estimated Program Costs**:
Scrubs (1 set)......$90.00
CPR Certification......$35.00
Application to the WSBON......$150.00
Application to Prometrics for certification and exam and skill test......$110.00
Travel to test site in Riverton (159 mi @ $0.50/mi)......$79.50
TB skin test......$50.00

Estimated Total Cost......$

**All costs are subject to change