CNA Programs in Florida with Course Descriptions

Nov 07, 2018

Research certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs in Florida, which currently has roughly 82 colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of these programs and get some quick facts for two schools in Florida to decide which program is right for you.

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Florida CNA Schools

Florida students seeking training programs to prepare them to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) have many school options across the state. To become a CNA in Florida, one must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete an approved training program and pass a competency exam. There are more than 200 approved programs in Florida that prepare students for this exam.

Learn details about two of the largest schools in the state offering CNA programs. Get curricula information and other details about these programs. Learn more about each school in the table at the bottom of this article.

  • Santa Fe College, part of a 28-school Florida College System, offers a 165-contact hour nursing assistant certificate program.
  • Pensacola State College provides a 1-semester CNA program that prepares students for the state CNA exam.

Comparison of Schools

If you are pursuing CNA education, you should consider what each school providing this training has to offer. Read below to get an idea about the population, tuition, campus setting, graduation rates and financial aid availability for each of the schools discussed in this article.

Santa Fe College Pensacola State College
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 14,588 9,655
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2075-2018)* $2,563 (in-state)
$9,189 (out-of-state)
$2,704 (in-state)
$10,875 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 68% 71%
Acceptance Rate (201)* N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students beginning in 2011)* 50% 30%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Santa Fe College

Santa Fe College is a 4-year, public school located in Gainesville, Florida. It enrolls around 15,000 students each year and offers a nursing assistant program through its health sciences division.

Nursing Assistant Program

Santa Fe College's CNA program is comprised of 165-hours of study that are split between classroom lectures and clinical experiences; the practicum part of this program is conducted in local nursing homes. Completion of this program and passing of Florida's exam prepares students for careers as CNAs in nursing homes, long-term acute-care hospitals or hospice care facilities.

Pensacola State College

Located on the western end of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola State College is a mid-sized school that offers certificate, diploma, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs to nearly 10,000 students each year. Its allied health division offers a variety of programs for those preparing for entry-level careers in healthcare.

Nursing Assistant Program

Pensacola State College's CNA program requires 165 clock hours of courses that teach students the skills necessary to provide tasks expected of a nurse assistant. It is comprised of two courses that are taken one at a time during the same semester. The first course covers basic skills for working in healthcare while the second course focuses on the duties of a nurse assistant and patient care. Course topics include medical terminology, nutrition, ethical responsibilities and gerontology.

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