Where Are Free Cna Classes In Schenectady Ny?


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Sam Easterbrook answered
New York like other states has many programs and oodles of classes if you want to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. The majority of the places that teach CNAs are colleges, rather than nursing homes, although some colleges do have job placement programs built into CNA classes - which means that upon gaining a certificate, you can directly go into the workforce. 

From what I understand, the liberal arts establishment Union College doesn't provide such teaching but Schenectady County Community College which is at 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305 should do. 
Ring (518) 381-1314 and ask for Denise Brucker, Dean of Workforce Development for confirmation. 
 If not then nearest colleges that definitely do teach CNA classes are located at:

  • Capital District EOC, 145 Congress Street, Troy, New York 12180
  • Fulton-Montgomery Community, College C.N.A. Class, Route 67, Johnstown, New York 12095
  • Mohawk Valley Community, College Nurse Aide Training Program, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, New York 13501

It must be stressed that people who are interested in becoming Certified Nursing Assistants should contact the relevant State Board of Nursing to get a list of approved CNA training programs. 
If in New York State, this will be the nursing section of the Office of Professionals, which is part of the New Your State Education department. 
 Contact Barbara Zittel, Executive Secretary by:


Or use the more general contact info of:

  • Office of the Professions, State Education Building - 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12234
  • Phone: 518-474-3817
  • Email: [email protected]
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Melinda Moore answered

CNA training means to train as a certified nursing assistant, and there are many training courses available to help you do so. You don't need a college degree to become a CNA, so student loans shouldn't be an issue, either.

Instead, all you need is a high school diploma or GED (which shows that you have "general educational development". i.e. high-school-level skills), plus you will need to complete a 6 - 12 week CNA certification programme.

This programme is usually taught in a community college or medical facility, and will include training in the following:

  • Infection Control
  • Nutrition
  • Body Mechanics
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Basic anatomy and physiology

You also have to do a minimum of 75 hours of clinical training.

It is important to check that the facility at which you intend to study for your CNA accreditation is certified and properly-recognised, so you should check the details with the Nursing Accrediting Commission, or with the Nursing Aide Registry in your local State.

Not all courses are free, but some are, including some run at community colleges (check with your provider), and those run by the American Red Cross. See the following links for more information:

This video, part of the Online CNA Classes series, should give you some idea what to expect from the training. Good luck!

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