CNA Training in Florida

Laws are in place to ensure that healthcare workers are always providing the best possible care and most updated care to patients in Florida.  Certified nursing assistants are no exceptions.  If you are working as a CNA in Florida, you will need to complete in-service training every year.  This training will keep your knowledge current in areas such as:  patient rights, domestic violence, communicating with patients and staff members, infection control and other basic medical procedures.  Your employer will often offer the in-service training for you.  Find an accredited school from the reviews we have below.(scroll down)

It is important to keep records of any training you receive within a 4 year period since the state of Florida will require that you complete 12 hours of in-service training each year.

Featured CNA Training Classes in Florida

HCC Collaboration Studio,
1602 North 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605
Hotline: (813) 259-6509

Become a Nursing Assistant in just 6 weeks with our state approved CNA Training program. At HCC you have the option of doing most of your class work online with just one classroom session a week for the hands on practical experience. This gives you the flexibility to study the course content at your own time before you start attending the clinical rotation.

CPR certification is part of the CNA course and is included in the course fee. The fee also includes tuition, textbook, liability insurance, registration fee, activity fee, scrubs, CPR certification, and a background check. You will be responsible for the medical physical exam. To get the relevant application forms and class schedules, please [block]0[/block]

South Florida Community College
600 West College Drive, Avon Park, FL33825

South Florida Community College was established in 1965 by the Florida Legislature to provide academic and vocational training to students located in southern Florida. The original school library was formed in an old supermarket, and classes were conducted in an old hotel. Today, the college has three campuses and several offsite locations, and serves a community of over 19,000 [block]0[/block]CNA program is a combination of classroom and clinical laboratory instruction. Students must pass 165 hours to graduate and the program costs $1,895.

Learey Technical Center – Tampa
5410 North 20th Street, Tampa, Florida 33610
Phone: (813) 231-1845

The CNA class at Learey, lasts for 165 hours and includes 40 clinical hours. They occasionally have evening classes if you can’t attend their regular morning classes. They don’t have them throughout the year so you will need to inquire beforehand. The tuition fees are just under $400 and is one of the cheaper training options in Florida. Together with books and other materials you will need to pay around $600 in total. You must be physically capable of performing the tasks required of a nursing assistant. You will also be required to pass a TB screen test and consent to a background check(this is a must for all healthcare workers)

SouthWestern Vocational Training
3100 Del Prado Blvd South. Unit 301-303
Cape Coral, Florida 33904
Tel: (239) 214-0717

They have a one day prep course. If you’ve let your license expire and have let it lapse for over 5 years, you will need to take the certification exam again. The 1 day course at SVU is a great way to prepare for the skills part of the exam. They have walkthroughs for each skill which helps you iron out any mistakes you might be doing. The course costs just $100 and includes a blood pressure kit, a study manual and a clinical skills checklist. You do not need to have a GED or a high school diploma to apply for this program,

Southwestern Vocational Training
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahasse, FL32399

Southwestern Vocational Training was established in 2009 to meet the growing needs of the healthcare and technology industries.  The school has two separate locations, and both offer CNA training programs. Southwestern Vocational Training is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education and certified by the National Health Career Association.

The school offers very low tuition for its vocational programs. The total cost for the CNA program is $350, which includes tuition, books, and supplies.

ErwinTechnicalCenter
 2010 East Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL33610

ErwinTechnicalCenter is conveniently located near three major freeways and is accessible to students in the five surrounding counties of Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee.

The CNA program is 165 hours and is available both day (Monday/Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 2:00PM and evening Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday – 4:00PM – 10:00PM). The day program lasts two months and the evening course of instruction is four months. The program costs just over $800.

APS Training Centers Northside – Miami
7900 NW 27th Avenue, (10 North Plaza), Miami, Florida 33147
Phone: (305) 693-1990

APS Training Centers South Dade – Miami
17751 Homestead Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
Phone: (305) 232-5789

Beacon Career Institute – Miami
2900 NW 183rd Street, Miami, FL 33056
Phone: (305) 620-4637

Bell Education Center – North Miami Beach
633 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
Phone: (800)540-6772

Belmont Training Center – Miami
633 NE 167th Street, Miami, FL 33056
Phone: (305) 620-4637

Booker T. Washington Senior High School – Miami
1200 NW 6th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 324-8900

Barna College of Health Sciences – Fort Lauderdale
1050 NE 5th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Phone: (954) 525-5069

Bell Education Center – Plantation
1826 North University Drive, Plantation, FL 33322
Phone: (800) 540-6772

Broward College CNA Training Course – Davie
3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 201-6783

Broward County School Board – Sunrise
1643 North Harrison Parkway, Bldg. H, Sunrise, Florida 33323
Phone: (754) 321-8437

Canterbury Career Schools – Lauderdale Lakes
3500 North SR 7, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida 33319
Phone: (305) 485-0990

Caring Heart Career Institute Nurse Aide Training School – Lauderhill
7169 West Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313
Phone: (954) 748-3575

Hillsborough County Bowers-Whitley Career Center – Tampa
13609 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613
Phone: (813) 558-1750

Hillsborough County Simmons Career Center – Plant City
1202 Grant Street, Plant City, Florida 33563
Phone: (813) 707-7430

Hillsborough High School CNA Program – Tampa
5000 Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
Phone: (813) 276-5620

Howard W. Blake High School Nursing Assistant Training Course – Tampa
1701 North Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33607
Phone: (813) 231-1886

JS and T Nursing Studies, Inc. – Seffner
1355 Parsons Avenue North, Seffner, Florida 33584
Phone: (813) 684-4498

We have a free study guide for Florida. Here’s a small part of it:

How can CNAs help patients maintain a sense of dignity, while still performing invasive healthcare procedures?

  1. Help patients to the restroom in a timely fashion
  2. Help patients maintain sense of privacy
  3. Encourage patients to make decisions for themselves
  4. All of the above

Answer:  D – See Section 4 of the CNA Study Guide (Dignity)

Dignity is defined as the quality of being worthy of respect, esteem, and ethical treatment. In hospital settings, dignity may be tough to come by. Residents that have to use bed pans or can’t walk on their own often feel significant blows to their sense of self-worth and dignity.

As a CNA you can play an active role in helping the residents maintain a sense of dignity by doing your best to create a pleasant environment. For example, offering a bed pan or taking a patient to the bathroom frequently can help prevent accidents. When accidents do occur, change the soiled sheets promptly.

Helping patients maintain a sense of privacy can also help increase their sense of independence. Also, try to allow patients the opportunity to make some simple decisions for themselves.  Just by asking them what flavor of juice they want can go a long way.  Even small decisions can make a big difference.

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11 Responses to CNA Training in Florida

  1. Ericka Allen June 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    any finacial aide available?

  2. Toya August 21, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    How long is the CNA course at js and t nursing studies, inc?

    • Admin August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

      I’m not really sure on the course schedule there.. but most courses usually last for about four weeks or 100 hours.

    • Mandy January 23, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      CNA courses usually take 6 weeks, and you generally need to complete a CPR class before starting the program. Whichever school you decide on should help you find the appropriate CPR training required.

  3. D.Adams August 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I am looking for a CNA classes that are offered in Ocala, Florida. Also interested in any information about any local Medical & Nursing facilities that offer CNA training in exchange for a length of in service time. I have a niece that needs a job really bad and I am willing to pay for CNA training for her, she wants to start college in the spring for earn a LPN degree. I just don’t know where there are any in this area that she can start ASAP! Please help!
    Thank you!!!
    D.Adams

  4. Leslie October 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Do you have CNA online programs in orlando Florida?

    • Admin October 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      They’re quite rare. They might be available with community colleges but only for the theory part of classes.

  5. Gregory August 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Looking for a CNA class in St. Petersburg, FL for an individual that will meet financial need eligibility. And, is there such thing as a weekend CNA class where you are trained over a long weekend? Person will need childcare and I can watch her children if her training is over a weekend.

  6. Terry March 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I’m a PCT, I went to apply for a job as a HHA, was told that even though I was a PCT I couldn’t be a HHA in Florida.

    Can someone please explain to me why I would want to spend more money on school to go back in training when I could teach the classes that are being offered for CNA’s & HHA’s?

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