IntelliTec College in Pueblo has a Nursing Assistant’s Program that takes about 4 weeks to complete. This accelerated program features high-tech equipment and professional, dedicated instructors. The course is perfect for someone who wants to break into the medical field and attain licensure in as little as two months.
Nursing Assistants provide basic care and quality of life services to patients under the direction of a nursing staff. Their duties include feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming and transporting patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow by 11% over the next 8 years, and “because of the growing elderly population, many nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities.”
The Nursing Assistant program offers a mix of textbook and hands-on learning, followed by clinicals in the local area. Students of this program will prepare to sit for the State Board exams, for which a passing grade will earn them their licensure. Licensed graduates of the program can work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care or private care facilities. Program Supervisor Terry Sandoval says “This is the only program that I know of that you can actually have a license in the state of Colorado in 2 months.”
Enrollment is open to anyone who is 18 years or older, has a high school diploma or GED and can pay the tuition fee. Sandoval describes the right candidate as being either “right out of high school, moms who want to work their own hours or anyone wanting to see if the Nursing field is the right choice for them without committing to a lengthy program.”