How to Become a NYC Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

How to Become a NYC Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in CNA on May 06, 2015

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Congratulations! Deciding to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) just opened your world to an array of brand new experiences in an exciting career that will prove to be personally – as well as fiscally – rewarding. However, taking the first steps toward your new career can be daunting.

Finding an accredited training program in the NYC area, taking the New York State licensing exam, and finding the perfect hospital or office to work in are all steps in the process, and we can help you with each one. Here are the steps on how to become a CNA, and how the Manhattan Institute can work with you each step of the way.

Find an Accredited Training Program

Your classroom and training hours are all pertinent to developing the necessary skillset to become a professional CNA. In order to achieve the necessary classroom hours, you’ll have to find a program in your city that is recognized by the state’s nursing board.

The Manhattan Institute is recognized by the state of New York and can have you ready to take your certification exam in under 3 months. An accredited program like ours will offer the necessary classes and training you need to learn about the common equipment used by CNAs, the interpersonal skills necessary for developing appropriate bedside manner, and all the medical skills you will need to fulfill your nursing duties.

Submit Your Application

Once you’ve finished your training with us, you can apply for your nursing license. This license is required of each and every CNA, and without it, you will be unable to work or practice medicine. The application process is fairly simple, and most applications are no longer than 2 pages.

It will ask for your basic information, including name, SSN, address, etc, but it will also ask you about your training program, including what classes you took and what grades you earned. You may also be asked to submit a criminal background check depending on the state you live in. But once you’ve submitted your application and paid the necessary processing fees, you can finally take the certification exam.

Passing the Certification Exam

In order to be a CNA in NYC, you have to take the New York Certification Exam in order to prove what they learned and earn the right to practice medicine in their home state. The exams are broken down into two parts: written and clinical.

The written exam will give you 90 minutes to answer 60 multiple choice questions, and your training and classroom hours will prepare you will for this. The clinical part is your opportunity to put your training into action. You will be asked to perform a series of skills, ranging from changing bed sheets and bed pans to checking pulses and dressing minor wounds. Your individual exam will depend on the state you live in and the nursing aides administering the test.

Each aide will have a specific checklist of skills you have to perform, and this checklist can vary, but don’t stress – you will have three chances to take this examination. Passing it the first time is not required, and it can give you a chance to practice your timing and see what the exam is about before you approach it a second time.

Enroll in a NYC CNA Training Program Now!

Once you have finished your training program and earned your license, the Manhattan Institute can help place you in an office, hospital, or home assistance program in NYC or surrounding boroughs. Our Placement Advisement Services work directly with many institutions in New York in order to guarantee our students a head-start on their career.

If you’re considering moving out of New York, you can have your license transferred by completing a license application in your new home state and providing a copy of your existing license. You may have to submit another criminal check, and depending on the state you may have to repeat the written portion of the exam, but transferring licenses is easy as CNAs are always in high demand and the process for becoming a CNA is similar across the country.

Learn about our NYC Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program or visit our campus – conveniently located in NYC – to see how The Manhattan Institute can help you achieve your medical career goals.