CNA Training in New York City with School Options

The New York City area has at least 7 schools within 20 miles of downtown that offer certified nurse assistant/aide (CNA) training programs. Learn about the certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Comparison of New York City CNA Training Schools

Students interested in becoming CNAs can find several schools less than a half-hour from the heart of New York City. This article profiles two public schools that are part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The programs at these schools meet the educational requirements to be a CNA in New York State. Graduates are prepared to take the nurse assistant examination, which is required to be listed on the New York State Nurse Assistant Registry.

The article also includes a table that allows individuals to look at important facts about each school, such as size and costs. At the end is a little information about three more area schools with CNA programs.

  • City College of New York, just 4 miles from downtown, has a CNA program that gives students 30 clinical hours of practice.
  • The four-year, public CUNY York College in Jamaica, NY, about 10 miles from downtown New York City, offers a CNA program, as well as other allied health programs through its department of continuing education.

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Comparison of Schools

Many factors come into play when choosing a school for CNA training. The following table lets individuals quickly compare important aspects of these two schools.

City College of New York CUNY York College
School Type Four-year, public Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 16,001 8,533
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* $6,940 in-state
$14,330 out-of-state
$6,958 in-state
$14,348 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2011)* 86% 83%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 46% 44%
Retention Rate for full-time students (2010-2011)* 86% 71%
Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2011)* 50% (25% transfer-out) 29% (41% transfer-out)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

City College of New York

The City College of New York, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate and associate degree programs, as well as graduate studies programs. The continuing and professional studies department offers several health-related certificate programs, courses and workshops, including a certified nursing assistant program.

Certified Nursing Assistant

In this 130-hour certified nursing assistant program, students must complete 100 classroom hours, along with 30 clinical hours. Some of the coursework students must complete include anatomy, physiology, patient care, basic life support, and nursing fundamentals.

CUNY York College

York College is a senior college that's been around since it first opened its doors in 1967. Today it offers academic programs in three schools. The college also has a continuing and professional education department, which offers a nursing assistant, patient care technician and phlebotomy program.

Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

York College's CNA training includes classroom and lab work, along with a 30-hour externship. Students learn how to provide patients with basic care, such as exercising, grooming, bathing and feeding. Topics of study include anatomy and physiology, infection control, personal care skills and basic nursing skills. When all training is complete, students are prepared to take the NYS certification exam. This certificate is good for up to three credits when transferred a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Other School Options

There are at least two more schools in or near New York City that offer CNA training. New York City College of Technology, located 4 miles from downtown, offers a CNA training program. Additionally, a CNA program can be found at Hostos Community College located 4 miles away.

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