Enrollment Starts for Sheridan College CNA Course

Enrollment is under way now for Sheridan College's Certified Nursing Assistant course.

Amy Wyatt, who's instructor for the course, said classes will start Jan. 16, but prospective students should start the process now to allow enough time to complete the requirements they need before they start the course.

Wyatt said the course is 80 hours total.

Wyatt said students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. She said they will then take the state test that's overseen through the State Board of Nursing, and on successful completion of that, they receive certification.

According to a news release from Sheridan College, CNAs care for ill, injured or disabled people in a variety of settings and can be employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctors' offices and home-care services.

Wyatt said the certification also can lead them into other areas of medical care if they want that. She talked about those things the students have to complete before they can be accepted into the CNA course.

Phyllis Puckett, who's Sheridan College's assistant director of nursing, said a lot of students after they've worked a couple of years as CNAs decide they really like medical care as a career. She said many of them return to Sheridan College and apply for the nursing program.

Wyatt said those interested in learning more about the program can find information packets at the college's front desk in the Whitney Building.

College officials estimate there are 250 CNAs employed throughout Sheridan and Johnson counties, and the demand for CNAs is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent by 2026.

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