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Our eight (8) week program provide students with the required education and clinical training to achieve New York State Certification as a Nurse Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  The program is a total of 165 hours and includes 35 hours of supervised clinical experience.  Upon completion of the program, students will take the New York State Nursing Home Aide Competency Examination.

New Students Enrolled on On-going Basis: (Subject to Change)

  1. Everyone must attend Open House.  Open House occurs at least one per week if not twice.

  2. Open House program includes program information, including costs and financial assistance and applicants will take an assessment of reading and math (TABE).


To schedule an open house appointment / or for more information call 716.871.1029.

Located at Gerard Place Community Center - 2535 Bailey Ave - Buffalo, NY 14215

Closed Federal Holidays.

Nurse Aide Program Qualifications

  1. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older. 

  2. Applicants must possess or be working on a U.S secondary credential:

    1. Applicants (17 and older) must hold a U.S. or U.S. recognized High School, Equivalency or TASC (formerly GED) diploma OR

    2. Applicants who are 21 years of age or older must be working towards a equivalency diploma:

      1. Applicants (17 and older) must hold a U.S. or U.S. recognized High School, Equivalency or TASC (formerly GED) diploma.

      2. Applicants (21 and older) must be currently enrolled in Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division High School Equivalency program and stay enrolled until program completion.

      3. International applicants who possess a foreign secondary credential must have foreign credential evaluated by an accredited transcript evaluation service or enroll in Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division HSE program.  Visit for more information on evaluation.

  3. Applicants must take TABE assessment, and if qualified, attend Registration and Orientation to enroll.

  4. TABE assessment score requirements for Nurse Aide program:  9th grade Reading and Total Math on a D Level TABE.  Free literacy and math classes are available for applicants who need academic assistance.

  5. Clinical partner requires enrolled student to have active health insurance.

  6. Our Clinical partner requires students to complete a CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION CHECK (CHRC) in accordance with Public Health Law.

    1. Students are responsible for the cost of this CHRC.  At present, the cost ranges from $10-25.

    2. If the CHRC reveals disqualifying offenses, applicants are PROHIBITED from providing direct care of residents and are unable to train as a nurse aide.

  7. Applicants must complete health assessment.

Nurse Aide Training Program Breakdown:

  1. Program is 150 hours:  115 instruction plus 35-hour clinical rotation.  An additional 10% (15-hour attendance buffer is added to student calendar

  2. Day classes are offered four (4) times per year depending on interest.  Day classes meet Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Students must be available Fridays for schedule variations and makeup days.  Clinical rotation meets Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Classes are subject to change or cancellation.

  3. To register, applicants will be required to provide complete health forms that include:

    1. Proof of health insurance

    2. Proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, & Rubella

    3. Proof of Varicella vaccination or proof student was diagnosed with Chicken Pox

    4. Recent tuberculosis screen (within 30 days of registration appointment)

    5. Proof of tetanus shot (TDAP) within the past 10 years

    6. Proof of seasonal flu shot

    7. Health screening that permits you to perform the duties of a Nurse Aide without restrictions

    8. If pregnant, note stating that you can fully participate in the program without restrictions

  4. Tuition does not include state mandated physical or state licensing and testing fees.

  5. Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division does not have additional or hidden fees to programs.

Cost of Program:

Program costs are currently based on student and community needs.  Currently, applicants may qualify for Tuition Assistance from internal grants.  Program costs are subject to change as needed.

Nurse Aide - $1175 (165 hour program)

  • If eligible, applicants may be qualify for tuition waiver under internal grants.

  • Tuition includes textbook and uniform basics (scrub top and scrub pant).  Uniform shoes or sneakers and watch with second hand are the responsibility of the student.

  • Students must complete a Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) with Buffalo Police Department for $10 (City of Buffalo Resident or Erie County Sheriff’s Office for $25 (Erie County Resident who does not reside in City of Buffalo).  If the CHRC reveals one or more disqualifying offense(s), students will be prohibited from providing direct care of residents and therefore, are NOT able to train as a Nurse Aide in accordance with our affiliation agreements with clinical partners.

  • Clinical partner may require student to purchase identification badge for $10.

  • Regardless of funding, applicants must provide a money order of $115 or $135 for New York State Nurse Aide Competency Exam fees at the start of the class.  Testing fees are fully refundable if student withdraws or is separated from the program up until such time as the NYS application is mailed into Prometric.

Academic and Program Requirements

Eligibility for graduation requires that students meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of all 165 program hours and assignments, including homework, quizzes and skills demonstrations.

  2. Maintain satisfactory academic progress (75% or higher GPA).

  3. Maintain satisfactory attendance as outlined under the attendance policy (90% or higher).

  4. Successfully complete hands-on clinical rotation.

  5. Satisfy all financial obligations to BPS Adult Education Division.

Information Technology Requirement

  1. All students have access to division computers to complete coursework, resumes and cover letters, career exploration and as needed for program and career requirements.

  2. Computers must be used in accordance with Buffalo Board of Education IT guidelines.

  3. There are no additional fees for use of the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division’s information technology.

2017-2018 Program Completion, Placement, and Licensure Rates:


Program Completion: 94%

Employment Placement: 86%

Licensure Rates: 94%

Refund Policy:

Tuition refunds will be made only under the following circumstances and with proof of payment:

  1. BPS Adult Education Division reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment.  If tuition and fees are collected in advance to the start date of the program and BPS Adult Education cancels the class, 100% of tuition and fees will be refunded.

  2. Appropriate refunds for a student who does not begin classes shall be made within 45 days of the class start date.

  3. A full refund will be made for withdrawal of those not satisfied only prior to the second week of classes.

  4. A prorated refund will be given the second week of classes through mid-point.

  5. Midpoint to end of program will receive no refund.

  6. Upon termination of enrollment, any balance due to BPS Adult Education Division, based on the school's refund policy, is payable immediately.  All charges on the student's account must be paid in full prior to the completion of the training program.

  7. BPS Adult Education Division will not reimburse students for a refund under $5.00 or less.


Outstanding Balances

Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division reserves the right to withhold student transcripts and deny approval for State Board Examinations to any student who has an outstanding tuition balance within their program.

Nurse Aide Transfer Policy:

Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division does not accept no transfers into the Nurse Aide program from other programs.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Buffalo Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), gender identity, sexual orientation (the term "sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or asexuality), political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, weight, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
Inquiries regarding the District's non-discrimination policies should be directed to or to:
Deputy Director of Human Resources
719 City Hall
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 816-3579 
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