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CNA Training in New York City with School Options

The New York City area has at least five 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.

  • CUNY Medgar Evers College, five miles from downtown, has a CNA program that gives students a choice of daytime, evening or weekend classes.
  • The four-year, public CUNY York College in Jamaica, NY, about 16 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.

CUNY Medgar Evers College CUNY York College
School Type Four-year, public Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 6,701* 8,493*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition $1,320 (2016 program cost)** $1,355 (2016 program cost)***
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2011) 88%* 84%*
Acceptance Rate 92% (2015)* 37% (2015)*
Retention Rate for full-time students (2010-2011) 65%* 77%*
Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2008) 12% (36% transfer-out)* 29% (39% transfer-out)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Medgar Evers College, ***York College

CUNY Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate and associate degree programs, as well as adult and continuing education programs. The adult and continuing education department offers several health-related certificate programs, courses and workshops. Patient care technician, medical billing and coding, certified nursing assistant and emergency medical technician programs are just a few of the training programs offered.

Certified Nursing Assistant

The 120-hour certified nursing assistant program is offered in three different options. The accelerated option consists of 18 sessions held Monday through Thursday during the day. The evening option has 28 sessions held Monday through Thursday during the evening. The Saturday option is 13 sessions, each eight hours in duration. Students learn to provide basic patient care and assist patients with daily tasks. Regardless of the program option, students must complete 90 classroom hours, along with 30 clinical hours.

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 35 hour externship. Students learn how to provide patients with basic care, such as grooming, bathing and feeding. Topics of study include anatomy and physiology, residents' rights, personal care skills, basic nursing skills and basic restorative services. When all training is complete, students are prepared to take the NYS certification exam.

Other School Options

There are at least three more schools in or near New York City that offer CNA training. New York City College of Technology offers a CNA training program. Additionally, CNA programs can be found at City College of New York, located nine miles from New York City and Hostos Community College located 11.1 miles away.

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