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Where to Go in Miami to Get Certified As a CNA Nurse

The Miami area has several schools offering certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs. Learn about the programs and courses offered, admission info and program requirements for three schools, all within 25 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Miami Schools with CNA Programs

Florida certified nursing assistant (CNA) candidates must pass a state-sponsored competency exam. This article looks at three schools, none more than 20 miles from downtown Miami, which offer patient care technician programs that meet state training standards. It also includes a table of information that could be useful to aspiring CNA students, such as the enrollment and campus setting for each school. A brief section covering two more area schools that offer nursing assistant training is included as well.

  • Robert Morgan Educational Center, located about 19 miles from downtown, offers a patient care technician program.
  • The Sheridan Technical Center, about 17 miles from the city center in Hollywood, Florida, has a patient care technician program.
  • Just about four miles from downtown Miami, Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center offers training through a patient care assistant program.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when deciding on a school. The following table offers important information about each of these schools in a way that allows for easy comparison.

Robert Morgan Educational Center Sheridan Technical Center Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 634 1,797 646
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2018) $2.56 per hour (in-state)
$ 10.25 per hour (out-of-state)**
$1,855 in-state
$6,895 out-of-state (program cost)***
$2,460****
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 74% 56% 93%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* Open admissions Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 52% for full-time students, 53% for part-time students 59% for full-time students 71% for full-time students, 83% for part-time students
Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014)* 38% 56% 21%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Robert Morgan Educational Center, ***Sheridan Technical Center, ****Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center

Robert Morgan Educational Center

The Robert Morgan Educational Center is located on over 1,000 acres of land in southern Miami. It is a combined secondary and vocational public school that first opened its doors in 1979. Both high school and adult students can receive career and technical training at Robert Morgan. It has a state-approved training program that is relevant for the would-be CNA.

Patient Care Technician Program

This training program for prospective patient care technicians, a type of advanced nursing assistant that performs CNA duties, offers a 600-hour course of study. It prepares graduates for the Florida Department of Health's CNA competency exam. Those wishing to become a state-licensed CNA are not required to complete a patient care technician program; however, it is highly recommended. The state's CNA exam includes both a multiple-choice written and performance skills section.

To enroll in this advanced program, applicants need to be at least 16 years old and pass a physical exam. Topics of study cover health sciences, nursing assistant skills, phlebotomy procedures and electrocardiograph training. Students in this program are also trained in home health aide techniques.

Sheridan Technical Center

Sheridan Technical Center, which is part of the Broward County Public School district, first opened in 1968. It offers a variety of workforce development programs both on campus and online. In addition to the original 18-acre campus, Sheridan opened an additional 33-acre campus in Western Broward County, which primarily houses its automotive, English language and other adult education courses. Prior to enrolling, students are required to participate in an on-campus orientation, as well as take a basic skills assessment test.

Patient Care Technician

The 600-hour patient care technician program prepares prospective nursing assistants for careers in several different types of healthcare settings. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Florida State Nursing Assistant Certification Examination. The curriculum includes coursework in safety and security procedures, emergency response, personal patient care services, medical terminology, anatomy, nutrition and phlebotomy.

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Educational Center

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center is a vocational school in the Miami-Dade County school system that provides career-training programs to adults and some high-school students. Its 380,000-square-foot campus is located in southern Miami. The school also partners with other agencies, such as the Miami Homeless Assistance Center, Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Miami Rescue Mission. Its nurse assisting program is approved by the state to prepare graduates for CNA licensure.

Patient Care Assistant Program

This program, which prepares students for careers in patient care, is 290 hours long and will provide four occupational completion points when finished. Students can expect to learn patient care skills relevant to a hospital setting, as well as other healthcare-related issues. Students may be required to demonstrate abilities as part of their clinical experience.

Other School Options

Right in Miami, the D.A. Dorsey Educational Center offers a patient care assistant program. A patient care technician program is also available from Miami Lakes Educational Center in the nearby suburb of Miami Lakes, Florida

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