Certified Nursing Assistant - HS

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Classes for High School Students

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The Spring 2019 High School CNA Class is pictured above. 

The CNA program is open to 11th and 12th grade students. Students must be 16 years of age prior to the end of the semester. The course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

If you are interested in a medical career, starting as a CNA is a great way to launch yourself on this adventure. As a CNA, you will be exposed to many health care scenarios and various members of the health care team. You will observe nurses, physicians, physical therapists, medical technologists, surgical technicians, and others, in action.

CNA’s are readily employable in nursing homes, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical clinics and urgent care centers.

This class will prepare students with basic healthcare knowledge and nursing assistant-based principles. Students will practice and demonstrate the skills needed to properly care for a patient or resident. Students will learn in the classroom, laboratory, nursing home, hospital, and throughout the medical community.

Students must pass with a C (75%) or better for both classroom and clinical experiences. Successful students will be eligible to take the State Competency Exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. This is optional; however it is a great way to see if the medical field is your passion.  A grade will be given for high school credit even if the student does not choose to become certified.

Students will become CPR/First Aid/AED certified in the class prior to participating in clinical experiences.

CCHEC is proud to now be a CNA Prometric Testing site!


Past High School CNA Classes:

Fall 2016 CPR Cards High School CNA CPR Cards Spring 2018

Barbara Jean James, MSN, BSN, RN

CNA Instructor
1650 Harshman
Rawlins, WY 82301


Barbara Jean James is a graduate of Rawlins High School and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Wyoming. She has experience in Emergency Room Care, Acute Hospital Care, Home Health Care, Long Term Care and Teaching Nursing School for University of Wyoming and Kaplan University.

Barbara has been employed at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County for 15 years at every clinical and supervisory level, and currently as a Diabetic Educator. She is also employed at Carbon County Higher Education Center as a nurse educator, the University of Wyoming as a clinical Instructor, and Kaplan University. She has been teaching classes at CCHEC since 2004 in IV Therapy, CNA, CNA II, Med-Aide, It Takes Two, New Daddy and Mommy classes and Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance STARS program, and as an instructor with Western Wyoming Community College from 2004-2010.

Other activities include serving on the Boys and Girls Club Board and Downtown Development board. Barbara belongs to Soroptomist International of Rawlins as a board member, Wyoming Nurses Association as District 50 President, and Xi Kappa of Beta Sigma Phi.

Barbara has two children, and along with her husband Randy, 4 grandchildren.

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