According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is set to grow tremendously. The projection by 2020 is that the need for CNA's will increase by 20%, which is well above the national average. Over 300,000 jobs are expected to be created. CNAs do not require a post-secondary degree and their salary is set to grow significantly. PayScale.com as of August 2016 writes that the average salary of CNA's In Florida ranges from $19, 98.40 -$31, 872. The increased need for CNA's may result in salary growth possibly as high as 19%.

As a certified nursing assistant you will be an important part of today’s world of health care, with knowledge and skills that are always in demand. The need of qualified people in this field is critical at this time. Our population of seniors is projected to double in 2030. What does this mean for you? You will be in a position to have employability in a variety of settings: skilled nursing facilities, hospice, assisted living facilities, hospitals and day care centers for the elderly. Home health aide has the ability to work in the home care setting through home health agencies and assisted living facilities that are not funded by Medicare.

Nursing Assistant Training Program 120 hours: This course has been approved by both the Florida Commission of Independent Education and the Florida Board of Nursing.

The course combines classroom-based lectures, skills lab and clinical experience in local long term care facilities.

Upon successful completion of the 120 hour nursing assistant course, the student can apply for certification route option E-1 completed a State Approved Nursing Assistant Training Program through Prometric.

You will have access to classes and the use of the skills lab during school hours for review and practice for up to 2 months (60 days) after completing your class and applying/re-applying for the state exam.

Once the student has successfully completed a course they will receive a certificate of completion reflecting the training.

Once the student passes the state exam they are officially recognized as certified nursing assistants (CNA's) under the Department of Health, Florida Board of Nursing. CNA's are able to work in Long Term Care facilities and Home Health Agencies.

to Prometric Testing

All applicants for initial licensure are required to submit fingerprints via Livescan for a Level II background screening.

A Level 2 background screening is a state and national background check conducted pursuant to Chapter 435, F.S. for employment Applicants who are fingerprinted after January 1, 2013 will have their prints retained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The applicants must receive eligible status through the clearing house.


Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) work under the direct supervision of licensed nursing professionals (LPN, LVN,RN, ARNP). The CNA is licensed by a state board of nursing and must remain compliant within their scope of practice. The CNA is an integral role of the interdisciplinary team and can be found working in long term care, hospitals and home care agencies. CNA's utilize time management to provide the best care to their patients (they may have up to 8 or more per shift depending upon the work environment). The CNA is responsible with assisting or performing the following:  activities of daily living, observation, charting, and reporting changes in patient status to the nurse Nursing assistants are responsible for the cleanliness and comfort of their patients.

Training to become a CNA includes: body mechanics, problem solving, effective communication techniques, ethics and skills to develop assistance with the activities of daily living: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring and continence. Becoming a CNA is a great career choice for those that desire the opportunity to work in varied roles and duties.

The Florida Board of Nursing requires that for CNA recertification eligibility the following is required:

Completion of 12 hours of in-service training each calendar year.

Biennial renewal of in service hours must include: Blood borne Pathogens, Infection Control, Domestic Violence,

Medical Record Documentation and Legal Aspects Appropriate to Nursing Assistants, Residents Rights, Communicating with Cognitively Impaired Clients, CPR & Medical Error Prevention & Safety.

Resource links:

National Association of Health Care Assistants

National Network of Career Nursing Assistants

Nursing Assistants Organizations

The difference between a Nurse (RN) and the other healthcare professionals is the amount of education
and experience hours required:

Associates Degree

60 Credit Hours

2-3 Year's Program

Bachelor’s Degree

120 credit hours

4 year Program

The NCLEX-RN must be passed prior to eligibility-
you become a licensed professional through your state board


 License # 5682

Commission for Independent Education

Department of Health Division
of Medical Quality Assurance

Certified Nursing Assistant Program # CNAP 1491



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