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Certified Nurse Aide


Certified Nursing Home Nurse Aides, CNAs, provide hands on care to residents in nursing homes, including bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding, helping residents to ambulate among other duties.

Certificate Requirements

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has contracted 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).

All individuals performing nurse aide duties in a nursing home 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.

The majority of nurse aides on the registry become certified by successfully completing a NYS-approved nursing home nurse aide training program and passing the Competency Examination. The exam consists of two parts: 1) a Clinical Skills exam (practical portion); and 2) a Written (oral) exam.

Certificates Issued and Active

In 2018, there were 12,259 (new) plus 33,585 renewals (recertifications), for total of 45,844 certificates issued.
In 2018, there were 87,729 active certificates for this occupation.

Certifying Authority

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Professional Credentialing

875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: 1-877-877-1827
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

31-1014 - Nursing Assistants
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 1/10/19.

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