Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

The Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program is designed to update the non-health related students in the competencies required to provide direct patient care within a long-term care facility. The program will provide various skills related to providing care to the elderly, physically incapacitated, as well as patients who are in the process of recovery.

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   CNA only accepts the first 15 qualified students.
   CNA Re-Certification only accepts the first 60
    qualified students.

Course Schedule

Days & Times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

9:00-2:00 PM

Program Length

9 Weeks

Start / End Dates





Earn Your Certification

Upon successful completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the State University of New York.


Certified Nurse Assistant (NYS Education Department)

Customer Service 

National Work Readiness Credentialing

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Program Outline and Courses

Name Description Hours
Certified Nurse's Assistant Core Competencies This course will provide the students with hand on experience in a clinical setting, practical responsibilities and the duties of a nurse‚Äôs assistant. The core competencies include hand washing, patient ambulation, positioning patient on bed pan, catheter care, changing an occupied bed, positioning patient in bed, dressing and feeding a patient, providing foot, hair, nail, perineal, mouth and oral care, measuring and recording, pulse, respiration, patient weight and measuring the contents of a urinary bad, patient transfer from bed to wheelchair, range of motion both upper and lower extremities and applying wrist restraints.  60
CUST 1010 Customer Service The course provides instruction on various topics related to customer service relations: basic customer service skills, interpersonal skills, organizational communication, and computer skills. 18
MADM 1100 Professional Development I In this course, the student will enhance and/or develop the soft skills required to be successful within a healthcare setting. 18
Job Readiness To Career Success Job Readiness to Career Success focuses on "real world" workplace scenarios employers have identified as the soft skills needed for entry-level jobs. This course actively engages students through role playing, group activities, and discussions. Upon completing the course a Soft Skills Certification Exam will be administered. 5
MADM 1100 Introduction to Healthcare This course introduces common issues, procedures, and policies in various healthcare professions. Students will also utilize the ATTAIN lab software program on Introduction to Healthcare to reinforce classroom instruction. 18
ENGL 1400 Introduction to Communication This course introduces fundamentals principles, practices, and common issues in the healthcare professions and establishes policies and procedures regarding effective communication and listening skills. In addition to the essential skills, students will explore various delivery communication styles and methods. Students will also utilize the ATTAIN lab software program on Introduction to Communication to reinforce classroom instruction. 18
MSP 1000 Medical Skills Preparation course The Medical Skills Preparation lab is designed to provide students with information regarding healthcare expectations. The topics within this program will include drug and alcohol testing, criminal background checks, healthcare professions, customer service requirements, building rapports with others, how to handle difficult on the job situations, critical thinking techniques, and conflict solutions. Software available in the ATTAIN lab for the Medical Skills Preparation course.  4
CPR 1000 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation This course is designed to provide students with basic life support techniques that can be utilized in an emergency situation. 4
TSPR 1100 Clinical Review This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to refresh information needed to take the National Certification examination. In this preparatory course, students will review the materials documented in the clinical content outline. 8
TSPR 1100 Administrative Review This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to refresh information needed in order to take the National Certification examination. In this preparatory course, students will review the materials documented within the administrative content outline. 8
Clinical Practical Training This training will allow the student to perform those tasks and skills successfully demonstrated as part of the training program. Training on the resident unit with residents, under the direct supervision of a nurse.  

Dress & Appearance

As a healthcare professional, you will be expected to adhere to accepted standards of appearance and hygiene in class.
Uniform scrubs and comfortable sneakers are required. Facial piercings must be removed, nails must be kept short (fake nails and polish are prohibited).

Student Expenses

Estimated Fees:
2 pair of scrubs (purple) - $88                   
1 pair white lab coat - $35
1 pair white or black clinical shoes or sneakers - $62
1 earphones/headset - $10
1 3-ring binder - $6
1 flash (thumb) drive - $5 

Required Medical Assessments and Immunization Records

Immunization Records:
Students are required to provide an up-to-date Health Physical Examination form which includes an Annual Influenza and PPD screening, Tetanus vaccine (within th elast 10 years), Meningogoccal vaccine, Varicella immunization, Visual Acuity and the entire HEP B 1, 2 and 3 vaccination series.

Make appointments to obtain medical records during the summer in anticipation of admittance into the allied health program.

Students must be in good physical condition and able to perform low to high lift (11 - 20 lbs), carrying, pulling, pushing (11-20 lbs), frequent walking, climbing stairs, stooping, reaching and pulling & pushing carts.

Note: If you are not immune to the Hepatitis virus, this process will take up to 6 months to complete. Students must comply with the above requirements prior to externship placement.


Daily attendance is mandatory. 100% is expected. You are expected to maintain attendance as if you were in an employment situation.

Admissions Eligibility

You must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Be an adult who is at least 17 years of age or older. If you are 17, you are required to show proof such as a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • NOT hold any academic degrees -- associate's, bachelor's, master's, etc. -- or more than 33 college credits. 
  • Have a limited household income and meet income guidelines.
    Click here for -> Eligibility Table - Economic Guidelines(431 KB)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. You must provide a green card or I-94 document if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Attend STAR Orientation and meet the TABE placement test scores of 8.0 reading/6.0 math and obtain typing test scores of 25wpm 5 errors or less.  Upon successful completion of STAR, you will be asked to provide a resume and 2 letters of recommendation (personal and professional)

Admissions Process

  1. Complete an application online at our website: buffalo.edu/eoc
  2. Bring in the required documents listed on the "How to Enroll in UBEOC" sheet.
  3. Register and attend orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Why is Medical Skill Preparation Lab a prerequisite?
A: Medical skill prep lab will provide students with information regarding healthcare expectations (health physical requirements to include drug/alcohol testing, criminal background checks, healthcare professions, customer service requirements, and critical thinking and skills.

Q: Why is time and attendance important to this program?
A: Within healthcare, patients rely on the caregivers to provide good quality care. Therefore, in order to meet the needs of the population that we serve, punctuality is essential. The program is designed to build these skills.

Q: Why must I submit a completed health physical examination form to include immunizations?
A: Center for Disease Control requires that all healthcare professionals are immunized to prevent the spread and/or acquiring a communicable infection.

Q: What immunizations are required within healthcare?
A:  Annually: Influenza and PPD, Tetanus (within ten years), meningococcal vaccine, Varicella, visual acuity and the entire HEP B 1, 2 and 3 series must be completed. If you are not immune to the Hepatitis virus, this process will take up to 6 months to complete and students comply with the above requirement in its entirety prior to externship.

Q: If I attend prerequisite classes during the summer, will I be required to enroll in similar courses during the first quarter?
A: Yes, the prerequisite classes may not be all inclusive of the required courses; therefore, the student should contact the faculty overseeing the programs.

Q: Why are computer courses essential?
A: Computer skills are essential within healthcare professions due to the evolution of electronic medical records and patients' documentation.

Q: How essential are the prerequisite courses (Introduction to Healthcare, Professional Development and Introduction to Effective Communication)
A: Due to the diversity population within healthcare, students must have a basic understanding of the core values of each aspect of the job requirements and/or performance.