FAQs

What makes your school different than other schools?

What makes At Your Service Education different than other schools is that our owner/nurse educator has been involved in the hiring process for Home Health Aides for the last 18 years. Being on the front lines has allowed her to see what many employees have not been taught in other programs. This lack of education can lead to negative outcomes for the student themselves, in addition to, the population served by Home Health Aides and/or Certified Nursing Assistants.

What is the reason you refer to your class as a Nursing Assistant Program versus a Certified
Nursing Assistant Program?

Our students are taking a class to prepare them to become a nursing assistant. Certification is done through a licensure exam from the State of Florida. Prometrics is the agency that students apply through to take the examination for certification.

As a nursing assistant student what is the advantage of taking a 4 week course versus a 3 day prep class?

A prep class focuses solely on your passing of the nursing assistant exam, so you may become licensed. In the scenario that you have previously been trained, the prep class may be the best option. A license is proof that you have met the minimum requirements.

Our 4 week class focuses on helping you become competent with your hands on skills, communication skills, and understanding the Florida Statutes; which is accomplished by tailoring the learning to your specific needs.


FYI: The 120 hour course is required for those that have failed to pass the state exam (practical and/or written) three times

 

120 hour Nursing Assistant Class is 80 hours in classroom plus an additional 40 hours  in the clinical setting.  The Home Health Aide Class is 40 hours in the classroom.

 

How is your school able to determine the individual need of each student when there are multiple students in the classroom?

Our owner is a nurse that has earned her Masters of Science degree with a concentration in Nursing Education. The level of education has prepared her to assess learning styles and focus in the different intelligences of each student.

 

Are the roles of a Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide interchangeable?

As a Certified Nursing Assistant may work as a Home Health Aide, but a Home Health Aide may not work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  The state of Florida requires certified nursing assistants to pass both the 104 question Home Health Aide exam and the practical skills assessment. Certified Nursing assistants can work in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and home health agencies. Home Health Aides with 40 hours of training can work for private duty home health agencies and privately owned assisted living facilities as a residential aide. Home Health Aides with 75 hours of training may work for Medicare/Medicaid funded agencies. Home Health Aides in the State of Florida are not licensed or certified. A Nursing Assistant can become certified through a licensing exam.

Is it more difficult to work as a Home Health Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant?

There is not a clear answer for this question. As a Certified Nursing Assistant you typically work in a facility and may have to care up to 20 patients (that would be an exception) per shift. C N A’s have support staff such as housekeeping, dietary, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and an RN/LPN supervisor available. A Home Health Aide on the other hand, may have up to 2 clients in the home, but they perform the role of assisting with ADL’s, performing light housekeeping, assisting with range of motion exercises, meal planning, and transportation.

 

Is a background screening done prior to starting the course?

Those that will be educated as Home Health Aides will not need a background screening performed prior to taking their class. All Nursing Assistant students will need to have a Level II Background Screening performed prior to enrollment for the class. The Nursing Assistant students will be practicing their clinical skills at locations in which that screening is required.

What does a Level II background check include?

A Level II screening is performed through the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA). Processing includes making a determination of eligibility and evaluating applications for exemption. The Level II screening  typically include fingerprint-based searches of records maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, national FBI criminal history searches, and county criminal record searches through local courts or law enforcement agencies.

Who is responsible for the Level II background check?

Each Nursing Assistant Student is responsible for the Level II background check. The background screening is yours for the next 5 years unless you have a break of employment for greater than 90 days. The cost is $79.00

 

Does your school have a dress code, if so what is it?

All students do not have a specific dress code for the classroom or skills lab. Students are to wear comfortable clothing with close toed shoes. The students that will be going to clinical locations will be given specific instructions as per the facilities requirements. Additional information will be discussed on the first day of class.

 

 

 License # 5682

Commission for Independent Education

Department of Health Division
of Medical Quality Assurance

Certified Nursing Assistant Program # CNAP 1491

 

 

3617 Webber St

Sarasota Florida

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