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New York may best be known for New York City, the epicenter of many international activities, businesses, and financial markets. However, the state is also home to some of the most gorgeous outdoor scenery in the United States, including Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes region and Lake Oneida. The 19.7 million residents of New York expect some of the best health care in the world and often come to find it at some of most well-known of the state’s 177 hospitals, such as Beth Israel Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Health System. CNAs have an essential place in this system as they care especially for the 2.9 million residents over the age of 65.

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Quick Facts

– Capital: Albany
– Minimum Wage: $9.00
– Number of Hospitals: 177
– Number of Nursing Homes: 116,448


– Total Population: 19,746,227
– Population (ages 45-64): 5,288,499
– Population (ages 65+): 2,898,094
– Population (ages 85+): 429,182

Top Colleges

– United States Military Academy
– Columbia University
– Cornell University

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in NY

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CNA Training Requirements

Taking the Test (Procedure)

Out-of-State Applicants

Renewing & Expired Certification

Applications & Forms

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The only people who do not have to complete CNA training in New York are graduate nurses, U.S. practical nurses and registered nurses and foreign nurses. However, graduate nurses and foreign nurses are still required to take the competency examination. All other individuals will need to take a New York-approved training course before testing.

Before beginning a CNA class, potential students must be at least 18 years old and must be able to read, write and understand English at least at a sixth-grade level. Having a high school diploma may help students find a job and further their education or employment opportunities. However, they are not required to have this. Applicants will need to have a background check complete with fingerprint cards and drug testing. In addition, they will need up-to-date immunizations and a negative tuberculosis test to work with patients. Individuals should also be able to perform the duties of a CNA, such as lifting 40 pounds and spending long hours on their feet.

All approved training programs have at least 100 hours of training total. Of these hours, 70 should be spent in the classroom learning theory, and the other 30 should be spent in a clinical setting providing hands-on care. New York only recognizes accredited programs and does not accept any online training from those applying to take the examination. Programs must pass the guidelines determined by the New York Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

The New York CNA competency examination is administered by Prometric at 23 regional testing sites as well as at some CNA training facilities. The test includes both knowledge and skills tests. Both sections must be passed before individuals will be listed as CNAs. The cost is $115 except in the case of an oral knowledge test, which increases the cost to $135.

The knowledge examination includes 60 multiple-choice questions, which must be completed in 90 minutes or less. Those who wish to take this section orally need to indicate this on their applications. The oral examination is completed with a CD player and headphones and includes an additional 16 multiple-choice questions to test reading comprehension.

The skills examination will be performed in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator and will be performed on a resident actor who is another tester. Individuals will be required to perform five skills. One skill will be hand washing, and another skill is indirect care. The other three skills are chosen at random on the day of the test. Testers will have between 31 and 40 minutes to complete this section based on the skills that they are asked to perform.

Test results are usually available online 48 hours after taking the test. Those who have failed will only need to retake the section that was failed. Applicants can have three attempts per section. The examination must be passed within two years from the end of training completion.

Out-of-state applicants may be able to transfer their certifications to New York if their current certifications are active and in good standing with no accusations of patient abuse or neglect. Individuals will need to apply and send in a copy of their out-of-state certifications. If individuals have had a name change, they will need to send in supporting documentation. Those who have certifications with no expiration date listed will also need to send a letter from their employers stating that they have worked for pay as a CNA for at least seven hours in the past two years. The fee for reciprocity is $50, and the application is available through Prometric’s Website.

New York CNAs must renew their certifications every 24 months. To recertify, they will need to have worked at least seven hours for pay in the past 24 months. Those who are not currently working as CNAs will be recertified for two years from the date of their last employment. A new expiration date is determined using the last day of the month in which one was certified. The fee for recertification is $40 and is paid by one’s employer. Those who let their certifications lapse will need to retake the certification examination. Those who have lapsed certifications and who did not complete a state-approved training program on or after July 1, 1989, will need to retrain and retest to regain certification status.

New York State Department of Health
NYS Nursing Department
NYS Nurses Aide Registry

NY Nurse Aide
7941 Corporate Dr.
Nottingham MD 21236
Phone: 800-805-9128

Employment Information for NY

Average Salary for CNAs in NY

New York is a great place to live although it does have a high cost of living. However, the income per capita is higher than in many other states at $32,382, and CNAs make slightly more than this at $32,470 per year on average as of 2014. A CNAs average hourly wage here is $15.61 and may be even higher in major cities, such as Rochester or New York City.

Job Outlook in NY

There are huge possibilities for CNAs to find jobs in New York and to gain plenty of experience in a variety of medical environments. Besides the 177 hospitals, New York also is home to over 116,000 nursing homes and has over 101,000 job opportunities for CNAs. With 5.3 million people between the ages of 45 and 65, CNAs will have plenty of increased job opportunities over the next several years.

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Top Hospitals in NY
Hospital NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneWebsite
New York-Presbyterian University Hospital Of Columbia And Cornell525 East 68th StreetNew YorkNY10065212-746-5454Website
Nyu Langone Medical Center550 First AvenueNew YorkNY10016212-263-7300Website
Mount Sinai HospitalOne Gustave L Levy PlaceNew YorkNY10029212-241-6500Website
St. Francis Hospital100 Port Washington BoulevardRoslynNY11576516-562-6000Website
Ur Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital601 Elmwood AvenueRochesterNY14642585-275-2100Website
Northern Westchester Hospital400 East Main StreetMount KiscoNY10549914-666-1200Website
St. Peter'S Hospital315 South Manning BoulevardAlbanyNY12208518-525-1550Website
Lenox Hill Hospital100 East 77th StreetNew YorkNY10075212-434-2000Website
Winthrop-University Hospital259 First StreetMineolaNY11501516-663-0333Website
North Shore University Hospital300 Community DriveManhassetNY11030516-562-0100Website
Montefiore Medical Center111 East 210th StreetBronxNY10467718-920-4321Website
Albany Medical Center43 New Scotland AvenueAlbanyNY12208518-262-3125Website
Glen Cove Hospital101 St Andrews LaneGlen CoveNY11542516-674-7300Website
Rochester General Hospital1425 Portland AvenueRochesterNY14621585-922-4000Website
St. Joseph'S Hospital Health Center301 Prospect AvenueSyracuseNY13203315-448-5111Website
Ellis Hospital1101 Nott StreetSchenectadyNY12308518-243-4000Website
Long Island Jewish Medical Center270-05 76th AvenueNew Hyde ParkNY11040718-470-7000Website
Northern Dutchess Hospital6511 Springbrook AvenueRhinebeckNY12572845-876-3001Website
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center701 North BroadwaySleepy HollowNY10591914-366-3000Website
Southside Hospital301 East Main StreetBay ShoreNY11706631-968-3000Website

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