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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide physical and emotional support to patients under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. CNAs are responsible for cleaning and bathing patients; assisting with dressing; positioning patients in beds, chairs, or wheelchairs; serving meals and assisting with eating; and checking vital signs. In some states, CNAs may also independently administer medication, but this is not permitted in New York.

Because they perform some of the most physically and emotionally demanding tasks in the healthcare industry, CNAs are a valuable asset in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and residential care settings. In fact, projected employment growth for nursing assistants is an impressive 21% for the 2012-2022 decade, and their salaries are competitive. New York-based nursing assistants can expect to earn an average salary of $32,700 per year, which is one of the highest salaries for CNAs in the country. The highest earners bring in $37,170 per year while the lowest earners receive $26,490 per year, which is still higher than the national average of $24,420 per year.

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To ensure that nursing assistants have the skills needed to meet the demands of the job, the federal government requires education, training, and certification for all aspiring CNAs. The New York State Education Department oversees registration, certification, and approval of CNA training programs. These programs typically require only a few months to complete.

Below is a list of nursing schools in New York that offer some of state’s top nursing assistant programs.

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New York City: Brooklyn

Access Careers
25 Elm Place | Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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Access Careers 25 Elm Place
Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

New York City: Manhattan

Manhattan Institute
45 West 34th Street, Fifth Floor | New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Age Training
145 West 30th Street, Eighth Floor | New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Manhattan Institute 45 West 34th Street, Fifth Floor
New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Age Training 145 West 30th Street, Eighth Floor
New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

New York City: Queens

Metropolitan Learning Institute
97-77 Queens Boulevard, Ninth Floor | Rego Park, New York 11374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New York Medical Career Training Center
36-09 Main Street, Fifth Floor | Flushing, New York 11354
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Metropolitan Learning Institute 97-77 Queens Boulevard, Ninth Floor
Rego Park, New York 11374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New York Medical Career Training Center 36-09 Main Street, Fifth Floor
Flushing, New York 11354
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate