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CNA Training in New York

Browse local CNA courses offered at New York schools

Complete CNA certification training in 3 months to become a licensed nursing assistant

New York Nurse Aide Careers

Opportunity abounds for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). New York State is expecting a CNA shortage of 15,000 over the next four years. The current shortage means employment is likely to be available and job security is high. In New York, the average annual earnings for a nurse aide are approaching $30,000, and many workers only have a few years of experience.

There are free CNA training opportunities offered through some nursing homes in exchange for an employment commitment to that facility upon completion of CNA training and certification. Many private schools accept grants, scholarships and student loans. Most grant programs have income, property, and individual status requirements to qualify. The average cost of a CNA program ranges from $700 to $1000 in New York.

Certification programs consist of a classroom training period, clinical experience, and an exam. In the first phase students can expect extensive training in all aspects of patient care. Clinical training will be “hands on” with actual patients in a medical facility. The certification exam is administered by a state approved testing company. The exam is divided into two parts: a multiple-choice written exam and a test on three to five practical skills.

The average length of training is seven to fourteen weeks. Each program has different daily class times and course offerings. Many programs offer more than the minimal certification requirements for those inclined to pursue a more in-depth knowledge base. As with most healthcare positions, CNAs will be required to pass a thorough background check prior to receiving their license. Past difficulties are not always a bar to employment.

Once certified, a new nursing assistant may find work in any healthcare facility. Hospitals, nursing care facilities, assisted care homes, long-term care facilities, and even private homes are common places to find employment. CNAs can also work in schools, childcare centers, and various rehabilitation programs. There are on-call positions, temporary positions and self-employment opportunities available as well.

CNA Job Description

Nursing assistants support healthcare delivery by serving basic patient needs. Nursing assistants work as part of a team of health care professionals and they work under the supervision of medical doctors, registered nurses, doctor assistants or nurse practitioners. In addition to providing hygienic, feeding, and ambulatory assistance, the CNA is trained in patient monitoring. Recognizing symptoms and measuring vital signs is part of their work scope. Understanding when to alert supervisors, and what types of situations require an emergency response are also key responsibilities of a nurse aide.

There are many reasons to become a nursing assistant. Providing emotional support and high quality health care services can be very rewarding for many people. Positive patient interaction is at the center of a nursing assistant’s work and should be important to anyone considering this career choice. Being a CNA is a practical and secure occupation with many opportunities.

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

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    List of CNA Classes in New York

    ASA Institute of Business and Computer Technology Nurse Assistant Program – Brooklyn

    81 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Bronx Community College Nursing Assistant Program

    University Avenue and West 181st Street, Bronx, New York 10453

    Broome Community College – Binghamton

    P.O. Box 1017, Binghamton, NY 13902

    Buffalo EOC Nursing Assistant Class

    465 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

    Capital District EOC – Troy

    145 Congress Street, Troy, New York 12180

    Corning Community College Business Development Center

    24 Denison Parkway West, Corning, NY 14830

    Corning Community College CNA Class

    1 Academic Drive, Corning, New York 14830

    Farmingdale State College – Brentwood Campus

    1090A Suffolk Ave., Brentwood, NY 11717

    Farmingdale State College CNA Training Course – Hooper Hall

    2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11731

    Farmingdale State College Nursing Assistant Course – Hempstead Campus

    269 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, New York 11550

    Finger Lakes Community College CNA Class – Geneva Extension Center

    63 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456

    Finger Lakes Community College Hill Haven Assisted Living Center – Webster

    1550 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580

    Finger Lakes Community College Nurse Aide Course – Mount Morris

    11 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris, New York 14510

    Finger Lakes Community College Nurse Aide Program – Canandaigua

    4355 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, New York 14424

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College Nurse Aide Training Program – Long Island City

    31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

    Fulton-Montgomery Community College CNA Class – Johnstown

    Route 67, Johnstown, NY 12095

    Hostos Community College Department of Continuing Education CNA Course – Bronx

    500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451

    Jamestown Community College Nurse Aide Course

    525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, New York 14701

    Kingsborough Community College – Brooklyn

    2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235

    Mandl School College of Allied Health Nurse Aide Program – New York

    254 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

    Manhattan EOC – New York

    163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

    Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing CNA Training Course – Geneva

    196 North Street, Geneva, New York 14456

    Mohawk Valley Community College Nurse Aide Training Program – Utica

    1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, New York 13501

    Monroe College Nursing Assistant Program – Bronx

    2467 Jerome Ave., Bronx, NY 10468

    Queensborough Community College – Bayside

    56th Ave., Bayside, New York 11364

    Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Nurse Aide Training

    305 Andrews Street, Rochester, New York 14604

    St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Cochran School of Nursing – Andrus Pavillon

    967 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

    SUNY Syracuse EOC

    100 New Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

    The College of Staten Island Nurse Aide Training Program

    2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314

    University Hospital at SUNY Stony Brook Department of Clinical Education

    14 Technology Drive, East Setauket, New York 11733

    Westchester Community College CNA Program – Ossining Extension Site

    22 Rockledge Ave., Ossining, New York 10562

    Westchester EOC Nurse Aide Program – Yonkers

    26 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

    Westchester EOC Nursing Assistant Program – Spring Valley

    16 East Church Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977

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    New York CNA Career Training Schools

    Browse our list of New York schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.

    3 Steps to New York CNA Certification

    1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program

    2) Pass the New York CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)

    3) Pass the New York CNA test within 24 months of completing a nurse aide education program

    How can I become a CNA in New York if I currently hold a CNA license in another state?

    You can apply for a New York CNA license by way of reciprocity through the New York State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to request to be included on the New York nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by potential employers.

    Helpful Links for Nursing Assistants in New York

    New York Board of Nursing
    New York Nurse Aide Registry

    Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
    National Association of Health Care Assistants
    National Network of Career Nursing Assistants