FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)?
Nurse aides or nurse assistants need to attend CNA training in New York to prepare themselves for their upcoming career. Our training is divided into two parts: classroom instruction and clinical training. Through lectures and discussions, nurse aide students will learn the different nursing concepts and subjects such as anatomy, nutrition, medical technology and physiology. In the clinical portion, nurse assistants will apply and practice nursing skills. An educator supervises students as they work with individual patients in long-term care facilities. This work both trains students for their future jobs and prepares them for the state competency examination.
Am I Right For The Job?
Along with self-confidence and personal maturity, patience is crucial to being a CNA. Good interpersonal skills with an emphasis on being a team player are especially valuable traits for all health care workers. Enjoying working with people is necessary in this field. Also good communication and critical thinking skills are central to what we do in nursing.
Can Nursing Students take this course?
This program is perfect for pre-nursing students who have already enrolled in a nursing program. Call us to discuss in detail your options.
What are the enrollment requirements?
The minimum age for admission is 17 years however, candidates who are permitted to test at 17 years of age need parental or guardian approval. Candidates will need to take the ABLE EXAM.
Once registered, complete the mandatory items by the due date indicated in the registration packet.
What is the entrance ABLE EXAM about?
The ABLE Entrance exam is a reading, writing, and English skills test (equivalent of 5th to 8th grade level). Math includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and calculating percentages.
We offer this test preparation at no extra cost to YOU!
Can I take the CNA Course if I do not have my GED or high school diploma?
An applicant may be required to take a pre-enrollment, placement test. You can also check the individual programs for admission pre-requisites (please see school catalog). Or you can call for more information.
Nursing Assistant Work and Job Description
A certified nursing assistant has the opportunity to work in various medical institutions, including hospitals, clinics, hospices, nursing homes and more. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Observing, documenting and reporting clinical and treatment information, including patients' behavioral changes
- Assisting with motion exercises and other rehabilitative measures
- Taking and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, and body weight
- Assisting with ambulating and mobilization of patients
- Collecting specimens for required medical tests
- Providing emotional support services to patients, and their families
- Assisting with personal hygiene
- Assisting with meals (food and fluid intake and output)
Is financial tuition assistance available?
Yes, Phoenix can refer you to state-assisted tuition programs. Additionally, Phoenix (PNAT) provides limited flexible payment plan options to help with your tuition.
Do I need a background check and drug screening?
It is not a requirement for any course, whether New York CNA training, New York HHA training, or New York phlebotomy training, but participation in the clinical depends on the externship site. However, your employer may ask for a criminal background check. Having a criminal background might prevent you from obtaining employment. Please read the addendum to the enrollment agreement before registering for any of our programs.
How do I become a Registered CNA? (Certified Nursing Aide)
The Federal government passed legislation in 1987 entitled the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA). One of the provisions of that legislation was state registration of all nurse aides.
All comprehensive testing and assessment services for CNA's are conducted by PROMETRIC in New York State. PROMETRIC also maintains the New York State Registry, which is a list of all certified nurse aides in the State of New York.
Upon successful completion of both parts of the exam (written portion and a skills assessment), an applicant is issued a certificate by PROMETRIC which allows a nurse aide candidate to work as a certified nurse aide (CNA) for 2 years. At the end of each 2 year cycle, a renewal notice is sent to the individual CNA. Upon return of the renewal form, documentation of employment, and renewal fee to PROMETRIC, a new certification is issued for 2 more years from the last date of verified employment.
For additional information regarding certified nurse aide training programs please call:
Phone: (718) 484-7604
Fax: (718) 484-7605
For testing schedules, contact PROMETRIC at http://prometric.com or the New York Nurse Aide Customer Line at 1-800-752-4724. Applicants can sign up, view certification information or even take practice tests before taking the actual exam online.
What If I Do Not Make My Payments Toward My Tuition?
If students do not make full payment on their tuition and fees by the end of the indicated program, students will not be able to attend clinical rotation and or receive their diploma needed to take the CNA state exam, and they will be unable to continue with the program or to graduate.
Is the state exam fee included in the tuition and where will I take the state test?
No. The fee for the exam is payable to New York Commissioner of Health and not to the school. The Fee is $115.00 for the entire exam (clinical and written). The test will be provided on site.
By all means! We want and would appreciate a visit from you. We ask that you call to schedule in advance (718)484-7604.
Is Phoenix an Approved Program?
Yes we are. Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center is approved, supervised and Regulated by the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. BPSS licenses/registers proprietary schools and credentials proprietary school teachers to ensure that appropriate standards are met.
So you have other questions?
We have over 30 years of combined nursing experience. Please do not hesitate to call us. We have the answers you are looking for and we are more than happy to answer any and all related questions and concerns that you may have. Just give us a try.
Phone: (718) 484.7604
Fax: (718) 484-7605
540 East 180th Street, Suite 201
Bronx , New York 10457
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