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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Nurse Assistant/HomeHealth Aide/Patient Care Services

Nursing studentThe Nurse Assistant program is a great starting place for the student interested in working as a supportive caregiver in a healthcare setting or in further education in practical nursing or other health-related disciplines. Many students go on to pursue further education to become licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, physicians or more.

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.


Video: view a videoclip of nurse assistant students in action

How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

The one-year program provides training in total patient care both in the classroom and through off-campus, supervised clinical experiences. Students prepare for the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant examination. Certification qualifies individuals to work in any nursing home in the state.

All seniors create a portfolio which they present to teachers, administrators, peers and/or industry professionals. The portfolio includes employability information and exemplary work in technical and communication skills that students have created and developed over the course of the year.

Click here for units of study.


College articulation agreements

  • Schenectady County Community 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




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