HSCA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I live in Long Island, or New Jersey, am I eligible for the program?

Unfortunately, due to funding limitations, the HSCA program is currently available only for residents of New York City’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. 

I have a pending asylum seeker application, I have a temporary work authorization and meet all the program requirements, am I eligible for the program?

Yes, individuals with valid work authorization are eligible for this program, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. The same applies to individuals with Temporary Protective Status (TPS).

I don’t currently have a status in the U.S. and I don’t have a work authorization, am I eligible for the program? 

Unfortunately, you are ineligible. One of the objectives of the HSCA program is to assist newly certified CNAs from program participants in securing employment as CNAs in the U.S., which necessitates having valid work authorization.

I speak fluent English, am I eligible for the HSCA program?

No. The program is designed for individuals who require improved English proficiency to access CNA training. 

How to determine what level of English proficiency I currently possess? 

We understand that it’s difficult to assess your own English proficiency, therefore, we will administer an in-person English assessment test for all applicants who meet the remaining program requirements. This assessment covers speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. As a general guideline, individuals who grew up in the U.S. or attended school here often exceed our program's required proficiency level and may not be eligible.  If you're unsure about your eligibility, we encourage you to apply regardless. Our assessment process will determine your suitability for the program.

I am only interested in the CNA training portion of the program. Can I skip the healthcare-contextualized English training and only attend the CNA training?

No. The HSCA is a two-step training program that is designed for individuals who require improved English proficiency to access CNA training.

I don’t speak English or I speak basic English, am I eligible for the program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the HSCA program. Participation requires intermediate English proficiency, as the curriculum is delivered exclusively in English and may not adequately address the needs of less proficient individuals. We recommend enrolling in ESOL courses to enhance your English skills and consider applying for the HSCA when you feel prepared.

I have never worked in healthcare, but I am interested in working in this industry, am I eligible for this program? 

While we prioritize applicants with HHA experience, the HSCA program is open to individuals with or without relevant professional background. 

Is this a free program? 

Yes, the HSCA program is entirely free for participants. All expenses are covered by ACT, courtesy of our generous funders.

Is this program offered online? 

No, the HSCA program is exclusively offered onsite. We do not currently have an online option available.

I am interested in the program but I can’t commit to attending all the sessions, can I still join the program?

Attendance at all in-person sessions for both the healthcare-contextualized English training and the CNA training is a critical requirement for program eligibility. If you are unable to commit at this time, we recommend postponing your application and considering applying in the future when your schedule permits.

I'm interested in the program, but I have young children and no childcare support available. Could you offer any assistance in this regard?

We understand the challenge of balancing family responsibilities with career advancement. As part of our commitment to supporting our participants, we have partnered with a childcare service provider to offer assistance to program participants who require childcare support. We can connect you with our partner to discuss your specific needs and explore available options.