Free CNA Training in New York

In New York, there are a variety of potential methods you can use to train to work as a certified nursing assistant for free. For example, the Rochester Adult Education Center administers a state approved CNA training program for those who qualify. This program can help individuals who are currently not gainfully working anywhere and who are hoping to improve their lives. Applicants will need to take an exam and receive the required score along with being certified as physically able to perform duties of a nursing assistant. Scroll down for more options.

Many other opportunities to receive CNA training at no direct cost exist in New York. Students attending a program at a community college can often receive a financial aid package to help pay for training if the class is for credit hours. Some CNA schools offer scholarships for those who meet specified criteria. There are employer sponsored programs throughout the state of New York as well. These programs are often provided through nursing care facilities.

There are a range of programs offered through unemployment services and public assistance benefits in the state of New York that can help an individual to train for a new career. This can include options to receive free CNA training at various training locations.

Below we have a few options you can try and get in touch with and see if you qualify to get training at no cost. We have categorised them as follows:

  • Updates (as and when we get new info on a class we will put it up here)
  • Through Nursing facilities
  • Through WIA Approved Colleges


Jan 2015

Wesley Health Care Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

Wesley Health Care Center is looking for dedicated individuals who are willing to work as a CNA at their facility. The Center is willing to pay for all your tuition fees to become a CNA on condition that you dedicate 1 year of service working at their institution. Full time classes will commence on 06-Mar-15 and all interested individuals should send in their applications by end of Jan. To know more about this opportunity and what it entails, follow the link:

June 2014

Jewish Home Lifecare – Bronx, NY

There is a Home Health Aide Training program, which is free for those people who are aggressive and have a willingness to learn. The classes will take place in Bronx and will go on for 4 weeks in which time you will be going through intensive training for special skills, work ethics and practices, nursing rules and regulations and more. Once you finish your training and pass the exam – you will get a job with benefits. A few requirements are mandatory such as being 18 and above, passing a drug test and a few others. To know more about this program and contact the administrators for the classes, kindly follow the link:

Aug 2013

Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing home – Rhinebeck, NY
This job post is for trainee candidates who are not qualified yet, but are interested in working as a nurse. Its a full time job with upto four days of work per week. Their training program is scheduled to commence on 16th Sept 2013. After completing the full course which is 125 hours in total, candidates must pass the state dept exam with a minimum pass mark of 75% throughout the course period. There will a medical check and a minimum GED or high school diploma is required. for further information you can visit this link which will also guide you to applying for this position.

May 2013

Loretto Health & Rehabilitation – Syracuse, NY

CNAT have a CNA course designed for those students who would like to get trained as nurse aides at no cost and also have a job at the end of the course. After you finish your exam and successfully pass both written and skills portions, you will then be hired to work at the above facility. Candidates who are interested should apply only if they meet the age restriction of 17 with minimum high school dip, should be fluent in English, be able to carry weights as in some cases they might have to help with transferring patients and a few other requirements – for more info you can visit their site here:

Feb 2013

The Maplewood – Rochester, NY 100 Daniel Drive | (585) 872-1800

The Maplewood is offering free training for those living in or near Rochester. They will provide you with full training of five to six weeks and on completing your course and successfully passing you will then be employed by the center on a part-time basis. If you’re interested you can send in your Resume here:  The HR team will get in touch with you if you have qualified – This will happen a few weeks before the classes commence. For more details you can visit their website over at:

Jan 2013

Finger Lakes Health – 309 Lake Street, Penn Yan, NY

This is a paid program for those wanting to start a new career as a CNA. Program consists of up to 137 hours of classroom time and candidates will require having more than 80% pass rates in their exams to qualify. Weekly checks will be performed to appraise performance. After the course is over you will be assigned a guide who will then give you on the job training. For more details on this program you can contact Kate Strauss at this email: or call: (315) 531-2011 to inquire about when the next batch starts.

Dec 2012

Unity Health System – Rochester NY

This free training opportunity is for Home Health Aide Training and we are including it here since the job description for HHA and CNA is similar. Minimum of high school diploma/GED is required with atleast 1 year of good working experience. Also note that a valid form of ID will have to be presented with no violations in the last 5 years. If you’re accepted be sure to attend all classes as this is also required and pass with minimum 80% in your exam. for more details about this opportunity, you can find it here:

Nov 2012

ElderWood Health Care

Free CNA training can be obtained through Elderwood for individuals who are accepted for employment as a CNA. In order to be accepted, an individual will need to submit an application. A screening process will take place as well, including a criminal background check. This program is unique in that you not only receive free training, you will also be paid for your training time as you receive both clinical and classroom training. The program typically takes about 5 to 7 weeks to complete. They have training facilities in the following areas and you can get in touch with them for more details:

Liverpool, NY – 315-457-9946 | Niagara Falls, NY – 716-215-8000 | Hamburg, NY – 716-648-2820 | Lancaster, NY – 716-683-6165 | Cheektowaga, NY – 716-681-9480 | Williamsville, NY – 716-689-6681 | Grand Island, NY – 716-773-5900 | Waverly, NY – 607-565-2861

Through Nursing Care Facilities:

First Care of New York – 833 Flatbush Ave-Brooklyn , NY 11226

First Care is a home health agency providing a range of home healthcare services for clients.  This home health company offers free HHA and PCA training for those individual’s who’s applications are accepted.  An individual needs to visit one of the company’s office with a photo ID and their social security card.  A letter of reference is also required for any applications accepted.  Applications are accepted at each office:  Queens, Bronx or Brooklynn.

Rochester Adult Education Center – 161 Chestnut Street Rochester, NY 14604

Among the tuition free training programs offered for those who qualify, the Rochester Center highlights a CNA program.  This program will provide students with the lab, clinical and lecture studies they need to sit for the competency exam to receive a state recognized NA certification.  The programs are able to be provided through workforce programs and other programs designed to help individuals receive the training they need to get to work or to get back to work.

Other Nursing Homes that might be having training opportunities, Inquire with them if they have any vacancies and are willing to provide this option:

  • Peconic Landing At Southold Inc – Greenport, NY
  • St Marys Hospital For Children Inc – Bayside, NY
  • Autumn View Health Care Facility L L C – Hamburg, NY
  • Casa Promesa – Bronx, NY
  • Beach Terrace Care Center – Long Beach, NY
  • Canterbury Woods – Williamsville, NY
  • Jeanne Jugan Residence – Bronx, NY
  • Sands Point Center For H & R – Port Washington, NY
  • St Catherine Of Siena – Smithtown, NY
  • The Robert Mapplethorpe – New York, NY
  • Roscoe Regional Rehab – Roscoe, NY
  • Aaron Manor Rehabilitation – Fairport, NY

Through WIA Approved Colleges:

Hudson Valley Community College-30 North Russell Road-Albany, NY 12206

Albany, NY 12206 assistant training program offered through Hudson Valley Community College that includes 90 hours of classroom instruction and demonstrations as well as classroom skills training.  CNA students will then receive supervised clinical instruction for a total of 30 hours. The course is offered by the Employment Opportunity Center of the college.  As such, it might be possible to receive WIA benefits to help you complete this training program if you are currently not working and have no opportunities to become employed without further training.

York College – 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd Jamaica, NY 11451

A 130 hour nursing assistant training course is offered through the Continuing Education Department of York College.  This college will provide students with extensive training. They will receive lecture and other classroom instruction.  Lab studies will also be provided.  Students must also gain hands on experience with their CNA internship.  You should contact your career force or one stop career center if you are current unemployed.  There could be WIA training benefits available to you.  There is certainly the possibility that such benefits could be used for the CNA course at York College.

Broome Community College – PO Box 1017 Binghamton, NY 13902

Do contact the Broome Community College if you are considering their CNA program and are wondering if they are a participating WIA provider for that particular course.  The college has offered CNA training courses in conjunction with the Workforce Board.  If you are in need of training to begin a new career, this could be a good opportunity for you.  There is an excellent demand for certified nursing assistants throughout the state.

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