An entry-level medical position, such as certified nurse assistants, offers job stability in the ever-growing field of healthcare. This entry-level job requires at least 75 hours of training to obtain certification in New York. Even as the Bureau of Labor statistics predict phenomenal growth in demands for CNAs, many colleges, universities, and private institutions are increasing their offerings to meet the need for CNA training. After completion of a state-approved program, nurse assistants must pass the New York state certification exam, administered by Prometric, in order to obtain listing on the New York State Nursing Aide Registry. The average cost for training in Brooklyn is $1,200, but with Federal financial aid, students who come from low-income families may be able to receive full financial aid.
Free CNA training in New York may also be available through programs such as Workforce New York. Veterans may receive grants for full vocational training grants through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Allen School of Health Sciences
Allen School of Health Sciences gives prospective CNAs the skills they need to make a difference in patients’ lives during critical stages of care. The intensive training program has a classroom and clinical component. There, students learn the importance of communication, infection control, diet and feeding techniques, methods of elimination, appropriate body mechanics for lifting and transporting patients, vital signs and body systems, total hygiene and personal care, psychological changes in seniors and body anatomy. The Allen School is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and licensed by the New York State Department of Education. Since the school participates in the Federal Pell Grant and Direct Loan programs, financial aid is available for those who qualify. Contact the school for information on tuition and class schedules.
Address: 188 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Toll-Free: 1 (888) 620-6745
Next Step Institute
Next Step Institute’s nurse assistant program prepares students for New York CNA certification to work in an entry-level in a hospital or long-term healthcare facility. The state-approved curriculum provides basic nurse skills through the theory and clinical components of the program. The course covers 125 hours of the training, which includes a 30-hour internship at a nursing facility. The tuition of $700 includes study materials and registration fee. Students are responsible for the state exam fee and certification as well as uniform (scrubs, closed-toe shoes and watch with a second hand). Financial aid is not available. However, NSI offers a flexible payment plan to all students.
Address: 1600 Church Ave Brooklyn, NY 11226-4309
Phone: (718) 693-3400
Franklin Career Institute
The 125-hour nursing assistant training at Franklin Career Institute prepares graduates for the state certification exam. Students learn basic nursing skills, personal care skills, basic restorative services, mental health and social needs, care for people with special needs, and scope and responsibilities of CNAs. During the last phase of the training, students put their knowledge to work in a long-term healthcare facility under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Students must pass each of the program’s six units in order to proceed to the next level. A minimum 2.0 GPA (grade C) is required for graduation. Graduates receive a certificate and are eligible to challenge the state certification exam. Tuition is $995 and does not include registration ($75) and books ($210). Students are responsible for uniform and state exam fee.
Address: 5323 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11220
Phone: (718) 535-3333
Fax: (718) 535-3345
Medgar Evers College
The nursing assistant program at Medgar Evers College prepares students to work as a certified nursing assistant under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to sit the state certification exam. Graduates will be capable of feeding, bathing and dressing patients, assisting with personal hygiene, use infection control principles, assist residents with daily exercises, and maintain residents’ safety. The curriculum covers 120 hours of lectures and practical and job skills training. Weekday and evening schedules are available. Daytime classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Evening classes are from Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm. Applicants must have a high school diploma or HSE. Tuition costs $1,320. The textbook, required uniform and exam fee are not included in the cost.
Address: 1650 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center facilitates a part-time CNA program comprising of Nurse Aide Theory and a supervised clinical experience at a long-term care facility. The theory and lab component covers 130 hours, the supervised clinical experience covers 30 hours, and a volunteer internship covers 30 hours. Courses include basic nursing skills, personal care skills, safety, mental health and social service needs, resident’s rights, basic restorative services, care of cognitively impaired residents, and infection control. The program is available on a day or evening schedule. The day program is 5 months while the evening program is 10 months. Applicants must obtain a TABE Reading of 7.0 and TABE 5.0. Applicants who do not posses a high school diploma or high school equivalency must be registered for an ESL, BE, or Pre-HSE. Applicants will be selected based on a portfolio review and personal interview. All students is subject to a criminal background check and medical evaluation, include a drug screen. The part-time CNA program provides students with instruction in Nurse Aide Theory. Participants also participate in a supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the New York State exam to become certified as a Nurse Assistant.
Address: 475 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216
Beacon Healthcare School, Inc.
Beacon Healthcare School offers nurse assistant students the opportunity to prepare for entry-level employment in the fast-paced world of health. The course is taught by highly qualified teachers who are licensed by the NYS Education Department. Through affiliations with more than 30 agencies, Beacon is able to provide a supervised clinical experience at reputable nursing facilities. Course topics include basic nursing skills, medical terminology, infection control, vital signs, emergency procedures, personal care, nutrition, patient rights and independence, and hospice care. Upon completion of the program, students have the option to take the CNA on site.
Address: 1815 Avenue M #2, Brooklyn, NY 11230