I was worried about getting employment after the course but I spoke to Renee in job placement and she really helped me a lot. We worked on my resume, she helped me set up interviews and I got hired almost right away, turns out the woman that interviewed me also attended the Manhattan Institute back in 2000.

Sharon L. Certified Nurse Assistant

Are you caring and hardworking? Do you enjoy helping others and making a difference for people every day?

Our two-part Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training program in our NYC medical career institute is the foundation for your career as a CNA. We offer hands-on CNA training, in addition to classroom instruction. 

Certified Nurse Assistants give patients important care and emotional support while also providing vital patient information to nurses, doctors and other medical staff. Since CNAs have extensive daily contact with patients, they are the key to monitoring a patient’s condition. Most CNAs agree that the care they provide is one of the most rewarding challenges in the health care industry.

Additionally, the employment outlook for Certified Nurse Assistants is a positive one. With medical advances and a large aging population, the U.S. will experience growth in the health care industry in general. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of CNAs is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years.

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Commonly Asked Questions


What is a Certified Nurse Assistant?

A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, LPN, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Doctor or other supervisory staff. A CNA provides assistance to patients with daily living tasks and is responsible for basic care services such as bed making, grooming and vital signs. A CNA may also assist doctors and nurses with medical procedures.

What does the CNA Training Course entail?

Manhattan Institute offers a two-part Certified Nurse Assistant training program.

Part I:

The first part of our CNA training takes place in the classroom. Students will learn all aspects of patient care through lectures, audio/video and practical demonstrations.

Part II:

Upon completion of the classroom training, students will begin clinical training (externship). During clinical training, students will work directly with patients in a health care facility in the NYC area. Students are supervised by a Registered Nurse who is both a staff member of our school and licensed by the New York State Education Department as a Primary Nurse Assistant Instructor. Each Registered Nurse Instructor will never have more than 10 students, assuring they can provide personalized instruction. During your externship, you will work side by side with other CNAs, nurses and medical professionals.

What does the New York State certification exam entail?

When you complete your clinical training, you will take the NYS certification exam. The exam is administered by an independent testing organization authorized by the State of New York and is given in two parts. The first part is a multiple-choice examination. The second part is a practical exam where you show the evaluator your skills. There is a separate charge for this exam paid to the administrator of the exam.

Why do I sometimes hear Certified Nurse Assistants being referred to with other titles? Is there a difference?

The official title is Certified Nurse Assistant. "Aide" is commonly used in place of assistant. The term Certified Nurse Assistant is commonly abbreviated as CNA. Other titles you may encounter are: Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Technician, Nurse Technician, Nurse Tech, Resident Assistant, Caregiver, Orderly, PCA, Resident Care Giver, PCG, Assistant Nurse or Hospital Aide.

Upon receiving Nurse Assistant certification, can I work in another State?

Under the law, you must pass a State-prescribed CNA course and also pass a Certification Exam. You cannot work as a CNA in a nursing home in any state unless you are approved by that state. If you are a CNA in New York and want to work as a CNA in another state, you will need to request reciprocity from that state. This means that you are asking the new state to recognize your CNA approval granted to you by the State of New York.

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