New York CNA Certification and Licensing
New York CNA Program Basics
New York state has many opportunities available for people interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Certified Nursing Assistant training can be obtained by online courses, college courses, or in-facility training. Every training program, regardless of where it is offered, must contain anatomy and physiology, nutrition, infection control and resident / patient rights. The course should be at least 75 hours and instructed by a Licensed Practical (vocational) Nurse or Registered Nurse. The first part of training will be a classroom based experience. The next phase is called clinicals - this is when students will have a chance to see CNA duties performed and also to gain hands on training.
New York CNA Requirements
In New York, all prospective CNAs must pass a criminal background check before gaining employment in a nursing home or similar facility. This is required by the state's Department of Health. Fingerprinting is performed during this check and the prints are sent to Division of Criminal Justice Services for a NYS criminal check. The fingerprints are also sent to the FBI for a national criminal background check. A criminal history can bar the CNA from working in a NYS facility.
New York CNA Exam
The examination for Certified Nurse Assistants in New York is administered by Prometric Services. This agency also maintains the New York State Nursing Home Aide Registry. The exam is given at an approved Prometric site or in a nursing home that offers in-facility training. This test is divided into two parts, written and hand-on skills evaluation. The written section is 60 questions and if the student fails this section, they may not proceed to the next part of the examination. If the student passes, he or she may move on to the physical examination and demonstrate their knowledge of CNA duties. The student must follow all procedures properly to pass.
New York CNA Certification
Once a student has passed the NY state CNA examination, he or she will be placed into the Nurse Aide Registry. The NY state CNA license is mailed to the newly certified nurse aide's home or the facility where they received their training. This license is good for two years.