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Nurse Aide

Andrea D. Ruff, B.S., R.N.
Coordinator of Healthcare Occ

The Center for Learning
12 Allen Street
Auburn, NY 13021
P:  (315) 253-4899

This program is designed for individuals who are interested in obtaining employment as a nurse aide. A combination of classroom and clinical experiences are offered, which will prepare individuals to become a Nurse Aide and able to take the New York State Department of Health certification examination. Students learn skills in a modern skills laboratory and practice skills using each other and manikins prior to attending clinical. Students are assigned to care for one or more residents in a facility and provide all of the care that client needs.

*Disclaimer:  A criminal background may affect ability to be employed as a Certified Nurse Aide.
  • The Life Cycle
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Body Structure/Function
  • Mental Health Care
  • Personal Care, Nutrition, and Diet
  • Infection Control
  • Lifting, Moving, and Transporting Patients
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Care
The course includes:
  • 150 hours of instruction
  • 52.5 hours of clinical experience (minimum 10 hours at residential care facility; minimum 30 hours at long term care facility) 
  • 97.5 hours of classroom and laboratory experience

Please call (315) 253-4899 to sign up for the required orientation before the class start date.

Clinical Affiliations
  • Finger Lakes Center for Living
  • The Commons on St. Anthony

  • Passing grade is 75% for all units.
  • Student must demonstrate the ability to provide patient care safely at clinical sites.


Tuition is $1,275

This includes:
  • Uniform (top, pants, patch, name badge)
  • Textbook
  • Certification examination fee
  • Physical (if needed)
  • Tubercolosis test
  • Blood work (required)
Funding may be available to assist individuals with tuition. Please contact The Center for Learning for a more individualized discussion regarding what funding you may qualify for.

The Center for Learning
12 Allen Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 253-4899
What does a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) do?
The nurse aide provides a great amount of physical care to clients including:
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Feeding
  • Lifting
  • Assisting with mobility
  • Toileting
What characteristics should the nurse aide possess?
The characteristics a nurse aide should posses are:
  • Caring
  • Compassion
  • Strong back 
  • Physically and mentally well
  • Good listener
  • Good observation skills
  • Free of a criminal record
  • Hardworking
Where can a CNA work?
A CNA can work in:
  • Nursing homes
  • Residential care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Home care agency
  • Occasionally doctors' office
What are the requirements for the CNA/HHA course?
The following requirements are needed before clinical and are included in tuition:
  • Rubella and Rubeola Titers (blood work)
  • Tuberculosis skin test
  • Physical exam
      The following requirements must be met by a CNA:
  • Must be able to lift with no restictions
  • Must be physically and mentally able to handle the stressors of the job
What are the certification requirements?
Certification is required for any person employed in a Nursing home as a CNA. Requirements include:
  • Satisfactory completion of an approved program for CNA
  • Successful Completion of the Certification examination
  • Cost of exam is included in the tuition for the program
  • Written multiple choice test is given to a group of students
  • Clinical skills portion is taken in the campus lab with an outside evaluator.
  • Each tester is given 5 skills to complete with the evaluator observing.
  • The evaluator is NOT an employee of Cayuga Onondaga BOCES
Are there any legal requirements for employment at nursing homes?
All nursing homes are required to do a criminal background check for direct care employees. Once hired the nursing home/home care agency will run a background check. The operator must review it to determine the applicant’s suitability for employment. If the check reveals a conviction for any of the following offenses, then the operator is PROHIBITED from hiring or utilizing the individual in a direct care or patient supervision capacity.
  • ANY Class A felony, no time limitation
  • ANY Class B or C with the last 10 years
  • The 10 years starts at the time of conviction
  • ANY Class D or E Felony listed in Article 120, Assault, 130 Sexual offense, 155
  • Larceny, 1260 Robbery for 10 years
  • ANY crime defined in Section 260.32 or 260.43 of the Penal Law (endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person) occurring with the 10 years preceding the CHRC report
  • ANY comparable offense in any other jurisdiction






Christopher J. Todd, Interim District Superintendent
Mark Vivacqua, Chief Operating Officer

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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