Nurse Assisting and Associated Health Careers

Improving the Quality of Life for Patients

One student wearing protective medical clothing helps another student, who is acting as a patient, transfer from a hospital bed into a wheelchair
Students learn the fundamentals of patient care necessary for entry-level employment in health care facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, medical offices and home health care. They gain the skills to provide physical and emotional care for patients unable to independently care for themselves. The program offers both classroom and lab settings to learn applicable skills and theory. Students participate in role play activities as patients and caregivers with their fellow classmates. They work directly with patients as part of their clinical assignments, providing personal/hygiene care in a nursing home setting. Students who complete the New York State required classroom and clinical hours are eligible for the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant licensing exam. 

Please Note: Industry dress code is strictly enforced including no artificial nails or artificial eyelashes. To participate in required clinical hours, NYS Health Industry vaccine requirements apply including COVID-19.

Units of Study

Orientation and Safety, plus:

  • Introduction Introduction to Health Occupations
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Legal and Ethical Concerns and Standards
  • Geriatric Personal Care
  • Vital Signs
  • Supervised Clinical Experience
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Human Sexuality
  • Lifting / Moving / Transporting
  • Admissions / Transfers / Discharge
  • Patient Assessment
  • Pre and Post-Operative Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Catheter Care
  • Specimen Collection

College Credits

Monroe Community College Dual Enrollment
HED 130: Foundations of Health and Wellness

Nazareth College Dual Enrollment
MTH208 - Statistics for Scientists

Articulation Agreements

  • Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
  • Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES School of Practical Nursing

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification

NYS Nurse Aide Certification (through Prometric)

Career Opportunities

coming soon! 

Professional Outlook

Nursing Assistants (CNAs): 12.8% projected growth in jobs from 2018-2028 in the Finger Lakes region

Home Health Aides: 58.1% projected growth in jobs from 2018-2028 in the Finger Lakes region

Median Finger Lakes region salary for Healthcare Support Occupations: $31,230 per year (2021)

Source: NYS Department of Labor


Rachael Piccolo
Jamiela DiMora
Jessica Haefner

Rachael Piccolo, RN, is our clinical coordinator and lead lab teacher. She has more than 25 years of experience at Monroe 2 BOCES as well as three years in long-term care. Rachael holds certifications in CTE education and Work-Based Learning and is also highly involved in SkillsUSA, holding a position as Chief Financial Officer and Membership Coordinator for New York State. 

Jamie Dimora, RN is our 2nd year theory teacher. She has 20 years of experience in a wide variety of nursing environments including operating room, urgent care, and long-term care. 

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
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