NYC Schools with Home Health Aide Programs
Home health aide programs in New York are approved by either the New York State Education Department or the New York State Department of Health. A program approved by the former agency may charge tuition, while those approved by the latter are prohibited from charging tuition. The New York State Department of Health operates a registry of certified home health aides who have completed a training program and passed an exam. Below are descriptions of the program options at two public colleges; school information can be found in the comparison table.
- Lehman College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), offers a home health aide training program that prepares graduates to work in assisted living facilities or private homes. The college is located less than 15 miles from downtown NYC.
- Westchester Community College, a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers a program that prepares graduates to work as certified nursing assistants or home health aides. The main campus of this multi-site school is located 30 miles from downtown NYC. Satellite campuses in Yonkers and Spring Valley are located 17 miles and 34 miles from downtown NYC respectively; at 48 miles, the Peekskill site is the furthest away from NYC.
Comparison of Schools
The table below is designed to provide students with an easy way to compare the program costs at the two featured schools. Future home health aides can also find information about financial aid and admissions, among other figures.
|CUNY Lehman College||SUNY Westchester Community College|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||14,130*||12,571*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$7,010 for in-state students; $14,400 for out-of-state students*||$4,743 for in-state students; $12,233 for out-of-state students*|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||88%*||65%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||35%*||N/A; open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||83% for full-time students*||64% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (CUNY: for students who began studies in Fall 2011; SUNY: 2014)||46% (21% transfer-out rate)*||17% (16% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics
CUNY Lehman College
This university's home health aide program is offered as part of its continuing education division through its Allied Health & Medical Certificates & Programs.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
This program prepares students to work in various settings, including home health agencies. Classes in this program are offered during the daytime and on Saturdays. The curriculum includes 100 hours of coursework and 30 hours of supervised clinical experience. For admission, students must be certified in CPR or concurrently working towards CPR certification while in the program. They'll also need to provide documentation of physical health on the first day of class.
SUNY Westchester Community College
The certified nurse aide/home health aide program is offered at the university's Yonkers campus. This program is offered through the university's Educational Opportunity Center.
Certified Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide (CNA/HHA)
This 14-week program prepares students to take the state's certification exam and register on the state's home care registry. Classes in the CNA/HHA program cover such topics as nutrition, basic patient care, anatomy and physiology. Students in the program also complete two clinical experiences.