CNA Classes in Yonkers, NY     

New York State has the second highest number of nursing assistants in terms of employment. As of May 2016, there are about 98,040 individuals employed as nursing assistants in New York. The state is also the second highest paying for nursing assistants with an hourly mean wage of $16.49 and an annual mean wage of $34,300.

There are about 2,130 nursing assistants in the New Your metropolitan area. Westchester County alone (where Yonkers is the largest city by population) has an estimated population of 974,542. The potential for a career as a nursing assistant is just rising as the region, in general, would see a rise in senior residents within the decade.

But in order to gain the rewards of the profession, one needs to invest in quality CNA training. In Yonkers, CNA courses are offered by large educational institutions and small training centers alike. Here is a list of these schools.

Family Service Society of Yonkers

The Family Service Society of Yonkers (FSSY) has an advocacy towards the betterment of the community’s quality life. They do this through human service programs like home health care, guardianship, community services, and many more.

FSSY is a not-for-profit founded in 1883. The agency mainly serves the disabled and elderly residents of Westchester County in collaboration with both government and private agencies. The training programs they offer also directly benefit the beneficiaries of their programs.

The Personal Care Aide and Home Health Care Training Programs are specifically designed to address the needs of the frail and elderly. Both programs are approved by the New York State Department of Health. The programs instruct students on both the theoretical and practical competencies necessary in-home care. Students are also prepared into transitioning into a real home care setting under the supervision of registered nurse. Graduates are qualified to take the PCA/HHA certification exam.

The PCA/HHA programs are always available and free of charge. Classes are on-going and are held in the VIVE School in Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers. Students need to be 18 years old and above upon application for the programs.

There are many career opportunities available for graduates within the agency. Graduates can apply for job openings in FSSY and work as either companion or escort for patients that need assistance in their day-to-day activities.

Contact the FSSY by phone (914-963-5118) or email Annette Pisano-Higley ( the Director of Patient Services Program.

T&J Nursing Assistant Training School

Located in Mount Vernon, the T&J Nursing Assistant Training School offers state-approved Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, and Personal Care Aid training. T&J also offers a re-certification program for CNAs.

The Nursing Assistant course covers fundamentals including roles and responsibilities, medical jargon, human anatomy, hygiene, vital signs, patient observation, safety and emergency procedures, ambulation, communication skills, and care for mentally-ill patients.

The program duration ranges from six to 10 weeks with the day, evening and weekend classes. Students that do not have high school diplomas or GED certificates are required to take and pass an entrance exam. Other admission requirements include a background check, physical exam, immunization documentation, drug test, and TB skin test.

Contact T&J by phone (914-668-1413) or visit their website and fill in a contact form.

Cochran School of Nursing at St. John’s Riverside Hospital

The Cochran School of Nursing is considered to be the oldest hospital-based nursing school in the region. Cochran was founded in 1894 at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. It has registrations with the New York State Education Department and a full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The school’s Nurse Aide program is geared towards learning fundamental competencies in patient care for hospital and long-term care settings. The course was delivered through lectures and practical training exercises conducted in simulated health settings. Topics discussed include human anatomy, hygiene, roles and responsibilities, patient safety and confidentiality, and infection control among others. There is also an externship at a long-term facility.

A Nurse Aid Certification class was first announced in 2011. The class meets Monday to Friday at the hospital’s Andrus Pavilion. The class duration was seven weeks and costs around $1,300. The cost already includes the course text and supplies.

Contact the Cochran School of Nursing by phone (914-964-4296) or directly contact Brenda Hartley (914-964-4274) for information on Nurse Aide class availability and schedule.

Westchester Community College

The Westchester Community College has three extension campuses in Yonkers: the Yonkers Extension Center in Mall Walk, the SUNY Westchester Education Opportunity Center (WEOC) in South Broadway, and the Roosevelt High School in Tuckahoe Road.

The community college is one of the country’s biggest education institution. Founded in 1946, the Westchester Community College has accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Education.

Classes for most of the college’s Yonkers extensions are held in the WEOC. This includes the CNA/HHA program. This dual training program is aimed for the New York State certification exam and for the inclusion on the New York State Home Care Registry.

Topics covered in the program include medical jargon, body systems, and patient care. The patient care training is especially geared towards care for homebound, incapacitated and elderly patients in different healthcare settings. The 14-week program is available for night and evening class options.

The programs in the WEOC are available for free for those who meet the center’s income and educational requirements. The educational requirements include a minimum of 8.0 TABE reading, High School diploma or HSE. There can also be additional documentation requirements.

There are additional costs for uniforms, drug test, background check, and a $115 fee for a physical exam.

The college also has Career Services that support the employment needs of both students and alumni.

Contact the SUNY Westchester Educational Opportunity Center by phone (914-606-7600) for more information.

Big Apple Training

Located about 10 miles from Yonkers, in White Plains, Big Apple Training is an allied health training school. Big Apple had been around for over 20 years, offering CNA, HHA, EKG, Phlebotomy, Medical Coding & Billing, Medical Assistant, and Continuing Education programs. Big Apple Training has a license from the NYS Education Department to operate as a career training (proprietary) school.

The CNA program consists of 38 lectures and practical training exercises. Classes have flexible schedules and taught by highly qualified instructors. Students are taught the fundamentals of patient care and necessary competencies as required by the state. Upon graduation, students can take the New York State Nurse Aide Examination on-site, on the school’s Prometric-approved testing center.

There is no online registration, prospective students should register on the campus where they want to enroll in. Requirements include High School Diploma or GED certificate, valid ID with photo, and payment deposit. Prospective students that do not have a diploma or GED certificate are still accepted as long as they pass a pre-registration assessment. As per state guidelines, several health tests and background checks may be requested upon enrollment.

The school assures that their tuition fees are affordable. There are also payment plans available for all programs offered. Vouchers from ACCES-VR are the only government student financial aid accepted.

Big Apple keeps a job board on their website to aid in their graduates’ job search. Instructors are also invested in the students’ success and may assist students in their career path.

Contact Big Apple Training by phone (914-437-7373) or visit their website and fill in their contact form.

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