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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers

Nursing studentThis one- or two-year program offers students an opportunity to enter their health care field of choice at the level of their own choosing.

Students have the option of taking a one-year program to earn certification as a Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide (PCA) or a separate one-year program to earn certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and PCA. Or students can take both courses during their junior and senior years.

Fast Facts on certified nurse assistants

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 11 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026
  • Median U.S. Salary: $26,500 (in 2016)
  • Education requirements: Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass the state competency exam to become certified. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.


How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Through both plans students will earn CPR and American Health Association First Aid certifications. Below is the breakdown of how the option works:

CNA/PCA year

Students will learn total patient through training in the classroom and off campus. They prepare to take the Certified Nurse Assistant examination that qualifies CNAs to work in any nursing home in New York State. Students will complete 108 hours of clinical work in a nursing home setting.

HHA/PCA year

Students will learn through clinical training and classroom preparation how to provide valuable skills in conjunction with professional nurses in a home health care setting.

Services range from health-related tasks such as obtaining vital signs to doing laundry, personal care and housekeeping. Students will complete 108 hours in a clinical setting.

Click here for units of study.

College articulation agreements

  • Schenectady County Community College
  • Bryant & Stratton
  • Maria College


Professional requirements

  • Workbook
  • CPR
  • Wristwatch with second hand
  • Name tag
  • Male students: white pants, white shirt, white shoes, white socks
  • Female students: white uniform or white pants and white shirt, white stockings, smock (available through program) 
  • Uniform store: Image Experts Uniforms website



Teachers: Linda Keifer, Adam Mainville, Mureen Consentino and Margaret M. Wickerham (learn more about them using the provided link)

Integration teachers: Joanne Clegg (science) and Kristina Fermann (English)

Guidance couselor: Nina Farrell (email her using the provided link)




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