To be certified as a nurse aide in Wyoming, you need to complete a training program that’s approved by the state nursing board. Then you can sit for the NNAAP exam. Once you pass the test, your name is added to the state’s CNA registry. The Wyoming Department of Health manages the registry.
To apply for a CNA course, you must:
- Be at least 18.
- Pass a criminal background and fingerprint check that meets Board of Nursing specifications.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Provide proof of up-to-date vaccines, including Hepatitis B.
- Meet general health requirements.
- Pass a complete physical, including a drug and TB test.
Training and Testing
The Wyoming Department of Health website has a full list of approved CNA training programs. Training entails at least 64 hours of classroom learning and 36 hours of clinical work.
Once you’re done with training, you can apply for the CNA exam. To do so, you’ll fill out two applications:
- The Wyoming Nursing Assistant Certification Examination form. This is sent to the Wyoming Board of Nursing.
- The Nurse Assistant Examination Registration form. This is sent to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross will send you a confirmation letter that you must present on the day of the exam. The American Red Cross and Pearson VUE jointly oversee the test.
You might be exempt from CNA training if:
- You’re certified in another state.
- You completed CNA training in another state.
- You completed at least 1 semester of an RN or LPN program.
CNA courses in Wyoming cost $250-$400. If you work in a nursing home, you’re exempt from training and testing fees.
Exam fees are:
- Written and skills testing (Spanish or English): $98
- Oral and skills testing (Spanish or English): $98
- Skills retesting: $65
- Written retesting: $33
- Oral retesting (Spanish or English): $33
Other fees include:
- Criminal background check: $60
- Application fee: $60
In Wyoming, a CNA license is good for 1 year. A renewal form is published on the nursing board website on or before October 1. You must renew by December 31, or you’ll have to pay a late fee.
You also have to show that you’ve worked as a paid CNA for at least 16 hours, and took at least 24 hours of continuing education in the last year.
- If you don’t pass the exam within 2 years of finishing your CNA program, you must reenroll in training.
- If you’re hired by a nursing home with 12 months of getting your license, your employer will reimburse your training and testing fees.
- You’re exempt from tuition and fees if you already work in a nursing facility when you start training.
- You can work as a CNA in a nursing home for up to 4 months before you get your license. However, if you aren’t added to the state registry within those 120 days, you’ll have to stop working until you’re certified.
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