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The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Phase II Healthcare Expansion focuses on two specific healthcare workforce areas; the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Medical Assistant (MA) Programs, and the development and purchase of a mobile simulation lab to facilitate expansion throughout EWC’s six county service area.

CNA Program

The CNA program consists of three stackable certificates: CNA I, CNA II, and Medication Aide. The expansion aims to establish two workforce training centers to provide educational opportunities for prospective CNA students. This would include an expansion on the Douglas campus to serve the northern locations of the service area, as well as expanding the existing CNA programs on the Torrington campus. The project includes adding one new faculty member, additional classroom equipment and supplies, and modifications to existing facilities.

Medical Assistant Program

In addition to the expansion of the CNA program, EWC plans to launch a Medical Assistant Program fall of 2024 at the Torrington campus. Based on workforce demand and input from local and regional healthcare providers, the College has developed a one-year certificate. The Medical Assistant Certificate includes a stair-step approach, first establishing the program in Torrington and then expanding to the Douglas campus in fall 2024. The program will include a combination of hybrid and face-to-face experiences and a semester-long practicum and phlebotomy certificate.

Mobile Simulation Laboratory

The expansion also includes the development and purchase of a mobile simulation laboratory that would serve a variety of needs for EWC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. In order to effectively incorporate the mobile simulation into the curriculum, faculty will receive additional training in the use of this classroom enrichment. The goal is to enhance the ability for students to experience nursing simulations via the latest technology and, by being mobile, could be shared across the Douglas and Torrington campuses. Additionally, regional healthcare providers would be able to access this lab for training purposes for their staff, as well as a recruitment tool for K12 students, exposing them to learning opportunities, the nursing field, and other health occupations.