• Nurse Aide

    Next class is scheduled to begin April 1, 2024

    • Must be 18 or over
    • No diploma needed
    • *Students over age 21 without a diploma may be eligible for funding if they also attend GED classes

    This program is designed for individuals who are interested in obtaining employment as a nurse aide. A combination of classroom and clinical experience is offered, which will prepare individuals to become a Nurse Aide and be 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 the care that the client needs.

    *Disclaimer: A criminal background may affect your ability to be employed as a Certified Nurse Aide.

    Online Payments Accepted 
    You are now able to make payments online! To do so, please visit the following link (also located at the bottom of this page):
    Make A Payment

    Program Content

    • 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:

    • 135 hours of instruction
    • 38 hours of clinical experience
    • 98 hours of classroom and laboratory experience
    Please call (315) 253-4899 to sign up for the required orientation before the class start date.


    Tuition is $1,550

    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


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


    Clinical Affiliations

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


    Click here to find out how you might qualify for free Nurse Aide Training!

Nurse Aide


  • Andrea D. Ruff, M.S., R.N.
    Coordinator of Healthcare Occupations

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


    Contact The Center for Learning today for more information on the next class start date.


    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
    • Physically and mentally well
    • Good listener
    • Good observation skills
    • Hardworking
    Where can a CNA work?

    A CNA can work in:
    • Nursing homes
    • Residential care facilities
    • Hospitals
    • Home care agency
    • Doctors' office
    What are the requirements for the CNA 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 student:
    • Must be free of physical restrictions
    • 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 this program
    • Computer-based multiple choice test is given to a group of students by an outside evaluator
    • 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 the 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