CNA Nursing Assistant Program

  • If you are interested in finding a job or starting a new career in the healthcare profession, this New York State Department of Education approved course will prepare you for the Nurse Assistant Certification Examination. Training includes 30+ hours of actual long-term care experience, in addition to classroom and lab instruction.

    Training Duration: Approximately 160 hours.

    Schedule: 5 day a week, Monday–Friday.

    Class open to: All students 18 years of age and older. Must be reading at a 8th grade level per the TABE D Reading Assessment and hold a high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate or willing to obtain a high school equivalency certificate while enrolled.
    Prerequisites: Exemplary attendance, ability to work well with others in a group setting, three references and a current physical examination. Must be able to stand and/or walk for 6+ hours, as well as lift, push and/or carry 40 pounds. Must also assist clients with personal hygiene and other care-related duties as directed by a nurse.

    Tuition: $1,750. Additional fees include: $150 uniform, $115 NYS exam, $15 NYS police background check with raised seal and $35 textbook. Full program payment is required upon acceptance. Tuition assistance may be available.

    Career opportunities:
    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for nurse assistants who worked in nursing homes was $24,400, and was $23,990 for those who worked in community care facilities in 2012.
    • Jobs for nurse assistants will increase by 21%, faster than average, from 2012 to 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Employment opportunities are available at long-term care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and medical practice offices.