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First wave of nursing aides graduate CMC

Post Independent Writer

Colorado Mountain College graduated its first class of certified nurse aide students earlier this month. The CNA program is now a 5-credit course and earned the nod from the State Board of Nursing. Barbara Gugelman, administrative assistant for CMC’s Nursing Program says, “There is a great need for CNAs; not everyone is cut out to be a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. CNAs are caregivers in long-term care, and there is a very strong need for CNAs to help people handle day-to-day needs.”The course consists of 90 hours of theory, then 30 hours of clinicals. It was offered over weekends in October and November. The ratio of instructors to students is one to 10. “As soon as the last class finished, we were having calls from the community and counselors with a large interest in enrolling in the program,” Gugelman said. “We have students come from over a hundred mile radius.”Clinicals were at Heritage Park Care Center, where students put into practice what they learned under direct supervision of nurses. “They get a feel for what it is like to work with patients, clients and health care team, and that the doctor, the nurse, the therapist and everyone involved are important parts of the team.”In the late spring, CMC will schedule another CNA course according to Gugelman, “It will be based on what the community wants and will depend on what area health facilities need, and what the ‘pulse’ of the community is.”In other CMC nursing news, Fall 2005 nursing application packets are available online. Click on [ http://www.coloradomtn.edu/ ], select ‘Admissions,’ then select ‘Apply’ and using the drop down box under forms, select Nursing Application. This year’s deadline is Feb. 23. CMC will mail applications out if students call 947-8276 to request a packet. The new paralegal program is finding great success too. A meeting Jan. 11 will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the CMC Interactive Video Service rooms at Rifle, Spring Valley, Aspen, Edwards, Breckenridge, Leadville, and Steamboat locations. Students will learn about the Paralegal program offered in collaboration between CMC and Arapahoe Community College. Students can take 25 of 50 credits at CMC’s rate and then finish the remaining requirements for a two-year degree through ACC in IVS courses at CMC. For more information, call 625 1871.Coming next year to CMC’s Rifle Campus – real estate classes on weekends in January; Retirement Plans for Small Businesses and Avalanche Awareness for Snowmobilers.Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.


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