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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

Applicants seeking to work as a certified nurse aide in a New York State nursing home must be certified for eligibility to do so with the New York State Nurse Aide Registry. Such certification may be done in conjunction with an appropriate training program or through a NYS nursing home employer.

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age requirement.


Nurse aide applicants seeking to work in a New York State nursing home must complete a New York State-approved Nurse Aide Training Program.

Fees: (as of August 1, 2012)

  • $115 -- Clinical Skills/written examination (first time)
  • $135 -- Clinical Skills/oral examination (first time)
  • $68 -- Clinical Skills/retesting only
  • $57 -- Written Test/retesting only
  • $67 -- Oral Test/retesting only
  • $50 -- Reciprocity and New York State RNs and LPNs
  • $40 -- Recertification (to be paid by employer)
  • $15 -- Duplicate certificate
  • $15 -- Duplicate score report

Examination Requirements

All prospective certified nurse aides in New York State must pass both a New York State-approved Clinical Skills Performance Examination and a New York State Nurse Aide Competency Examination.

The Clinical Skills Examination requires successful performance of five randomly selected Nurse Aide skills. The written part of the New York State Nurse Aide Competency Examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions. Examination score reports are sent in the mail approximately one week following completion of a scheduled test.

Licenses Issued and Active

Since fiscal year 1989, there were 376,678 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of January 1, 2012, there were 97,908 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Professional Credentialing

875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 408-1297
Fax: (518) 408-1632

Standard Occupational Classification

31-1014 - Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
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Additional Information

American Health Care Association
1201 L Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 842-4444
Fax: (202) 842-3860


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 9/12/12.

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