CNA Training Class

Samaritan offers several programs and opportunities to attract and train a great workforce. One of the most important positions in Long-Term Care is the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Samaritan offers our its own CNA Training Program to ensure we have qualified staff caring for our nursing home residents.

*Our next CNA training course will be offered in early Fall.  We will no longer be offering a training program in August.   Applications for the CNA training course will go live 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the Fall class.  Please check back here for updates regarding when the class with start and other important CNA program information.  Thank you.

The role of a Certified Nursing Assistant is to:

  • Provide compassionate care to a diverse age group of residents;
  • Assists residents with activities of daily living, such as:
    • Bathing, dressing, transferring, bed mobility, ambulation, feeding, toileting, positioning;
  • Distribute and assist with snacks and nourishments;
  • Performs finger stick blood sugars (FSBS) and electrocardiogram (EKG)


Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village's CNA Training Program is a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) certified program and is specifically designed to prepare students for a career in long-term care. Students receive 156 hours of clinical /laboratory experience and 66 hours of bedside clinical training over a 9 week period (this is approximately 30 to 32 hours per week, Monday through Friday). Students rotate through all seven Samaritan Keep Home units. Once all training is completed the students are eligible to take the NYS Certified Nursing Assistant exam.

Units of study required by NYSDOH include:

  • Infection Control
  • Personal Care
  • Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Human Sexuality
  • Lifting, Moving and Transporting
  • Elimination, Circulatory and Respiratory Care
  • Life Changes and Adaptations.


Interested in applying? Visit Career Opportunities, click on type of applicant (new/returning or current) then search for jobs at the Samaritan Keep Home. Click on the SKH CNA Training Program link to begin your application process. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Human Resources at 315-785-4022 or use our Contact Us Form.


The Candidate Selection Process

  1. The course is offered approximately four times a year, and basic requirements for the program are:
    1. High School Diploma (or GED)
    2. Satisfactory references
    3. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
    4. Pre-Employment drug screening and criminal background investigations are conducted on all students.

  2. Candidates are then scheduled to job shadow with a CNA preceptor for two hours to give them an opportunity to see the environment and to witness the work of a CNA. Each CNA Preceptor completes an evaluation form about the experience and forwards it to the training managers. Upon completion of a successful shadowing experience, interest in the program and understanding of the commitment is reconfirmed with the candidate.


To remain in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 75 and cannot miss more than 16 hours during the course.

There is a tuition fee for this program, which includes all books and materials needed for the course. Financial Assistance may be available.  

Please contact Samaritan's Human Resources Department to find out more about this program. Call 315-785-4022 or use our Contact Us Form.

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