Certified Nursing Assistant

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff. They perform duties, such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, move patients, and change linens. Certified Nursing Assistants must be licensed by the New York State Department of Health.

Our Program

Our 130-hour program provides you with a combination of classroom instruction, lab practice and industry internship.  Our instructors are health professionals who are committed to helping individuals attain their goal of entering the health profession.  This course prepares you for the New York State Department of Health Certified Nursing Assistant examination.

The following areas will be covered:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Mental health and Social Service Needs
  • Care of Cognitively Impaired Residents
  • Basic Restorative Services
  • Resident’s Rights
  • Supervised Clinical Training with Nursing Home Residents

Sample job titles:  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Nurse Aide, Nursing Assistant,  Resident Assistant, Caregiver.

An Average Work Day

A typical work day could require you to:

  • Turn and reposition bedridden patients
  • Answer patients’ call signals
  • Feed patients
  • Observe patient conditions:  vital signs, food and liquid intake, etc.
  • Provide patients with help walking and exercising
  • Prepare, serve and collect food trays

  • Clean, rooms and change linens

Skills and Qualities for Success

A successful person in this career should have excellent listening skills, speaking, reading comprehension, critical thinking and reading comprehension.  They should be able to perform general physical activities, Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships, work well with teams and enjoy the gratification of serving people.

Job Outlook

  • The national projected growth between 2004 and 2014 is faster than average, 21 to 35%
  • There are approximately 516,000 CNAs in the country.  The median salary in New York State is $29,000.

To download a flyer:      Certified Nursing Assistant

For more information:

Department of Health                www.health.state.ny.us

Visit the course catalog for schedules and course descriptions.

Become a Patient Care Technician

CNA's who are interested in becoming a Paticent Care Technician must take the Phlebotomy and the EKG Course.  Upon completion of these courses students can take the Certified Patient Care Associate (C.P.C.A./C.N.T.) certification exam.  For more information about the certification exam, please contact the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) at 1(800) 499-9092.


Textbooks are available at the York College Book Store, located in the Academic Core Building on the First Floor, (718) 262-2882.