Become a CNA in New York

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in New York

CNAs planning to work in the metro New York City area will find salaries ranging from $24,000 to $37,000, a reflection of the high cost of living in this area. In smaller cities, salaries are more comparable to those in the rest of the nation, with CNAs earning an average of $20,000 to $31,000 annually. Personal experience, location and the type of facility plays a big part in that final take home pay.

Steps for Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant in New York

To become a certified nurse aide in New York and be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry, students must complete a training program approved by the state. Candidates will then complete the New York State Nursing Home Nursing Home Registry application form and submit by mail or online to Prometric. After taking and passing both exams, candidates will receive a Nurse Aide Certificate and wallet card and be listed on the NAR.


Formal training and experience is required to become a certified nurse assistant in New York. Students must complete an online or campus based New York CNA training program, which helps them develop the skills to interact with patients and other health care professionals. Programs are offered at New York community colleges and technical schools, as well as through online schools.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) contracts with Prometric to develop and administer the New York State (NYS) Nursing Home Nurse Aide Competency Examination and manage the NYS Nursing Home Nurse Aide Registry (NAR). The majority of nurse aides on the registry become certified by successfully completing a nursing home nurse aide training program approved by the state and passing the Competency Examination. The exam consists of two parts: the practical portion on clinical skill and a written test. All individuals performing nurse aide duties in a nursing home in New York on a full-time, part-time or contractual basis must meet minimum training and competency requirements in accordance with state and federal regulations and be listed in good standing on the NAR of New York.

Nursing homes cannot charge a fee to any individual for the cost of training, including textbooks and materials, or for the cost of the Competency Examination. If a candidate is employed by a nursing home, he or she will not have to pay exam fees. If a candidate is not employed by a nursing home, he or she may be required to pay the exam fees and should consult the training program for directions about taking the exam.

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