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Certified Nurse Aide


A certified nurse aide helps care for ill, injured, disabled and/or infirm individuals in nursing homes. Under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Nurse aides answer patient 'call bells,' deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and help patients eat, dress and bathe. Aides may provide skin care to patients, take temperatures, pulse and respiration, and help patients walk and get in and out of bed. Nurse aides observe patients' mental, physical and emotional conditions and report changes to the nursing and medical staff.

Certificate Requirements

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has contracted with Prometric to develop and administer the New York State (NYS) Nursing Home Nurse Aide Competency Examination and manage the NYS Nursing Home Nurse Aide Registry (NAR).

All individuals performing nurse aide duties in a nursing home on a full-time, part-time or contractual basis must meet minimum training and competency requirements in accordance with state and federal regulations and be listed in good standing on the NAR.

The majority of nurse aides on the registry become certified by successfully completing a NYS-approved nursing home nurse aide training program and passing the Competency Examination. The exam consists of two parts: 1) a Clinical Skills exam (practical portion); and 2) a Written (oral) exam.

Certificates Issued and Active

In 2015, there were 13,351 certificates issued in 2015.
In 2016, there were 11,305 certificates issued in 2016.

As of January 1, 2016, there are 91,688 active licenses for this occupation.

Certifying Authority

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Professional Credentialing

875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: 1-877-877-1827

Standard Occupational Classification

31-1014 - Nursing Assistants
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 6/7/17.

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