CNA in Florida: Career Education Overview with Requirements

Research certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs in Florida, which currently has around 80 schools that offer CNA programs. Read overviews of the certificate programs and get some quick facts for two Florida schools to decide which program is right for you.

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CNA Programs Offered in Florida Schools

Becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Florida requires completion of a formal educational program followed by an exam. Florida students can find certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs mainly at community colleges and technical centers across the state. Students earn a certificate at the completion of their training program and are prepared to take the state certification test. Training includes both laboratory and clinical work.

Read about two community colleges in this state providing CNA studies. Learn about curricula details and program duration. Get helpful statistics about each school in a table found at the end of this article.

  • Pasco-Hernando Community College is based nearly 40 miles northwest of downtown Tampa. Its CNA program awards a technical credit certificate.
  • At Tallahassee Community College, students can prepare for professional certification as a nursing assistant in a certificate program. The school is located just a few miles from downtown Tallahassee.

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Comparison of Schools

Before choosing a CNA program, it is best to consider what schools have to offer. Read below to get an idea of campus size, tuition, student population and graduation rates for each school outlined in this article.

Pasco-Hernando Community College Tallahassee Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 11,263* 13,049*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city
Program Tuition (2015-2016) $352 (in state)*
$1,409 (out-of-state)**
$320.20 (in state)***
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 80%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2013) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2014) no data available* 60%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013) 34%* 32%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Pasco-Hernando Community College, ***Tallahassee Community College

Pasco-Hernando Community College

Pasco-Hernando Community College is located in New Port Richey and is the newest community college in Florida. The Florida Legislature founded the college in 1967, and the school offers students a CNA technical credit certificate as one of its workforce programs.

CNA Technical Credit Certificate

Pasco-Hernando Community College's CNA program utilizes its on-campus nursing laboratories to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as part of a healthcare team. Students will receive training in basic nursing skills, working strictly under licensed practical nurses and registered nurses and performing various patient care functions, such as feeding, bathing and dressing patients, as well as taking vital signs. Students must complete 40 hours of required clinical experience, which typically takes place at local, college-affiliated healthcare facilities. In order to work in the state of Florida, nursing assistants must be certified, and this program prepares students to sit for and pass the Florida Nursing Assistant certification examination.

Tallahassee Community College

The college was established in 1966, and it offers associate degree and certificate programs, including a nursing assistant certificate. Tallahassee Community College partners with several other colleges and universities in the area, including Barry University, Flagler College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Nursing Assistant Certificate

This program was designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the certification examination administered by the State of Florida. The program comprises classroom instruction, a required nursing laboratory and clinical experiences focusing on patient safety and comfort as well as the taking of vital signs. A total of 80 hours are taken in classes and labs and 40 hours in clinical field work. Graduates of this program can find entry-level employment in numerous healthcare environments, including private homes, home healthcare agencies and nursing homes.

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