Certified Nurse Assistant Recertification

The Certified Nurse Assistant Recertification Training Program is designed to update the credential of healthcare professionals. The program will provide healthcare professionals with the skills necessary to sit for the certification examination.

To check your registry status go to the New York State Nurse Aide Registry: https://registry.prometric.com/

2020 Classes Start Soon

Apply now.
    CNA Recertification only accepts the first 20
     qualified students.

Course Schedule

Days & Times

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Program Length

6 Weeks

Start / End Dates


Start: May, 2020
End:  June, 2020





Earn Your Certification

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

Certification: Certified Nurse Assistant (NYS Education Department)

Program Outline and Courses

Name Description Hours

Hand Washing Techniques

This course will provide discussion and demonstration regarding the proper hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of infection. 2
Patient Ambulation This course will provide comprehensive information about how to assist patients with ambulation, including the proper use of assistive devices and how to transfer a patient safely. 10
Positioning Patient This course will demonstrate methods required to assist the patient in maintaining proper body alignment. 5
Positioning Patient Bed Pan This course will demonstrate the appropriate technique required to properly position and turn a patient. 5
Catheter Care This course will demonstrate the proper technique in caring for a patient with a urinary catheter and how to prevent infection. 2
Changing an Occupied Bed This course will demonstrate the appropriate way to make an occupied bed, as soiled linens can lead to infection and be uncomfortable for the patient.  3
Positioning Patient in Bed This course will demonstrate the basic principles of patient positioning in bed to ensure proper body alignment. 5
Dressing and Feeding a Patient This course will demonstrate the appropriate steps required to support the patients in their daily chores and provide the best care to help the patients in bathing, feeding, and dressing. 5
Providing Foot Hair, Nail, Perineal, Mouth and Oral Care This course will demonstrate the technique required to provide preventive hygiene care to feet, hands, nails, mouth, hair, eyes, ears, and perineal care to prevent infection.  5
Measuring & Recording, Pulse, Respiration, Patient Weight and Measuring the Contents of a Urinary Bag This course will demonstrate and review the medical record documentation and legal aspects regarding the measuring of pulse, respiration, blood pressure, urinary drainage, and weight measurement. 10
Patient Transfer from Bed to Wheelchair This course will demonstrate the safe patient transfer from bed to wheelchair using a pivot technique and a gait belt. 3
Range of Motion Both Upper and Lower Extremities This course will demonstrate and review the stretching and range of motion exercises that are utilized to maximize lower and upper extremity. 3
Applying Wrist Restraints This course will demonstrate and review the use and application wrist restraints. 2

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:
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

Waived if employed.


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.
  • Provide a resume and 2 letters of recommendation (personal and professional) after eligibility has been determined.

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. Interview with faculty and register.

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: 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.