CNA Training in New York

You can become a certified nursing assistant in New York by taking a CNA training course.  After completing the course, it will be necessary to complete and pass the Certification Exam.  Certification exams are maintained and administered by the Prometric Company.  Many long-term care facilities and nursing homes offer CNA training programs and also serve as test centers for CNA certification exams.  If you have been hired to work as a CNA upon completion of your nursing assistant training, the long-term care facility will pay for the cost of your competency exam. Read school reviews below.

If you are taking a certification exam at the facility where you received your training, someone from the facility will inform you of the date and time of your testing.  This person will often be someone who served as one of your instructors during your nursing assistant training.  If you are taking a nursing aide certification exam at a different testing center, you will need to contact Prometric to apply for an exam date.  It will only take you about two weeks to receive details on the time and locations of your examination.  Nursing assistant examinations will consist of written and skills portions both of which need to be passed to complete your certification.

Featured CNA Training Classes in New York

Laguardia Community College

31-10 Thomson Avenue C-314
Long Island City, Ny 11101

The CNA training course consists of 135 hours of study.  There are 21 sessions of classroom study.  An addition 5 sessions of clinical instruction is provided.  A total of 90 hours is spent receiving classroom and lab instruction.  Thirty hours is then spent receiving hands on training at a local healthcare facility.  Tuition for this course is $960.  Additional fees for textbook and supplies do apply.  Students can sit for the state approved certification course after completing this program.

Hostos Community College Department of Continuing Education CNA Course – Bronx
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451 140 hour

The Nursing assistant course is offered on both day and evening schedules.  The course includes 44 sessions for students attending class at night.  There are 26 sessions for those enrolled in the day program.  This course includes all necessary classroom, lab and clinical study needed to become a certified nursing assistant.  Students will sit for the certification exam after completing all aspects of the course.  This could take a total of 140 hours to complete.  Tuition costs are in the area of $995 for the course.

Finger Lakes Community College Nursing Assistant Training Program – Canandaigua
4355 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, New York 14424

Finger Lakes Community College Nurse Aide Course – Geneva Extension Center
63 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Finger Lakes Community College CNA Course – Mount Morris
11 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris, New York 14510

Finger Lakes Community College Hill Haven Assisted Living Center – Webster
1550 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580

Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing  – Geneva
196 North Street, Geneva, New York 14456

Rochester Educational Opportunity Center CNA Class
305 Andrews Street, Rochester, New York 14604

ASA Institute of Business and Computer Technology Nurse Aide Training Program – Brooklyn
81 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Bronx Community College Nursing AideProgram
University Avenue and West 181st Street, Bronx, New York 10453

Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College Nurse Aide Classes – Long Island City
31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

Hostos Community College Department of Continuing Education Nurse Aide Course – Bronx
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451

Capital District EOC – Troy
145 Congress Street, Troy, New York 12180

Fulton-Montgomery Community College C.N.A. Training Class – Johnstown
Route 67, Johnstown, NY 12095

Jamestown Community College Nurse Assistant Course
525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, New York 14701

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9 Responses to CNA Training in New York

  1. Vanessa March 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    I have been a nurses aide at a local hospital in new york state for four years. It is ridiculous to take a cna training course because it would be very redundant for me because I already know everything. At my hospital a certified nurses aide receives a dollar more an hour than a regular nurses aide… can I just take the cna test to become certified or do i HAVE to take the course?

    • Admin March 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

      I understand where you’re coming from but the rules state that you have to have taken the required training at an accredited training center before you take the test.

  2. Teresa June 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I graduated as a CNA from the Allen School for Physicians Aides licensed by the NYS education department on March 5, 1999 in Manhattan. I became NYS certified as a nurses aide in April 27, 1999 but my certification expired on April 26, 2001.

    I have been working in the corporate world but would like to go back to the medical field as a CNA. I know things have changed drastically in the field since 1999 and I want to take a refreshing course to update my skills and renew my certification as a CNA.

    I tried contacting the school I graduated from as they use to offer CNA skills refreshing courses to graduate students like myself but the Allen School for Physicians Aide located at the Pensylvania Hotel on 34th street and 7th avenue has gone out of busniess.

    Is there a CNA skills refreshing course in NY that I may take to get my skills upto date and apply to renew my CNA certification?

    Please advise…Thank you.

    • Admin June 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Teresa,
      You’d have to redo the whole training again at an accredited CNA training school. Its been more than a few years since you were certified. You can see a list of schools at

    • ashley February 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      The admins answer is not correct. according to the prometric website in nys if you have passed the test after 1989 and your certification has since lapsed you are only required to repass the test, not take a new course. (unless the first school you attended was not an accredited facility)

      • Admin February 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

        Thank you for clarifying that Ashley. I guess NY is a little different but most of the states require you to redo the training (at least a refresher course) if the license has lapsed for a longer number of years.

  3. Alicia McAdams December 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Hi I am 18 yrs old and looking how to continue my CNA class i have alot of the hours and am just lookin for a place that holds the classes if you could please contact me i live in oneonta ny my home number is 607 267 4957 ne one with info feel free to call

  4. Marie December 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I’ve taken a certified home health aide course in NYC but I’m relocating to Baltimore Maryland & want to take my CNA training there. I woutld like to know will I be able to work in Maryland as a home health aide with my NYC license or would I have to do a whole new course in Maryland or can my certification be transferred. Also are there any good home health aide agencies in Baltimore

  5. catherine October 28, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    hello, I’m a BSN graduate but want to take a CNA exam. Can I take the exam if I will just enroll for a refresher course or do I have to take the whole program? Thanks for the info.

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