Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers

This one- or two-year program offers students an opportunity to enter their healthcare 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(HHA) and 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.

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

Certified Nurse Assistant/Personal Care Assistant (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.

Home Health Aide/Personal Care Assistant (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.

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

Who is eligible to attend?

Typically juniors and seniors from our 24 component school districts who are interested in career training as part of their high school experience are eligible to enroll.

How do I enroll?

The first step is to meet with your home school guidance counselor to learn how Career & Technical Education can benefit your career path. Your counselor can then help you arrange a tour of our Albany (Colonie) or Schoharie campuses, or the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. They can also help you begin the enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

Send an email indicating your interest to or call 518-862-4816. Read more about our school