Free CNA Training in Florida

Have you decided to start a career as a certified nursing assistant in Florida?  You will need to attend a state approved training program and then to pass the certification competency exam.  Florida allows you to work for up to 120 days as a nursing assistant while you complete your training and pass your certification test.  Most courses in Florida last for about 6 weeks.  Read below for a list of free training options in this state:

1) Contact a chapter of the American Adult Education Center in Florida if you are looking to train to become a CNA.  They are one of the administrators of state approved CNA training programs.  It might be possible to receive training for free through financial assistance programs offered by the American Adult Education Center.  You will most likely need to apply for any programs to determine if you qualify.

2) Training is often held at long-term care facilities and other nursing facilities in Florida.  This training is often no cost to individuals who have been hired to work as nursing assistants for the facility.  It is important to keep in mind that if you receive your training for free from one of these healthcare providers, you will likely need to sign a contract stating that you will work for that facility for awhile.

3) If you once served in the military, you should contact your benefits coordinator.  You might have benefits that will help to provide you with training for a new career.  These benefits are usually in the form of financial assistance for a college education or other training programs.  It is very likely that you could receive assistance to pay for nursing assistant certification training.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

1) Gulf Coast Health Carecnanotes1
Grand Boulevard, 138 Sandestin Lane, Miramar Beach, FL
Grand Blvd Health & Rehab Center is offering the opportunity of a lifetime for a few lucky recipients. You can become a trainee nursing assistant at this facility in Miramar Beach operated by Gulf Coast HC. The catch is that you’ll have to work at the facility for a predetermined time after receiving the training. The up side is that if you pass the exam you also stand to receive dental and other medical benefits together with steady employment. Call (850) 267-2887 and ask for the HR department. Inquire about the training program.

3) Comfort Keepers
902 S Florida Ave, Suite 201, Lakeland, FL 33803
Would you like to become a caregiver? Its similar to what a nursing assistant does without the requirement of a CNA license. You learn the skills needed on the job. Perfect for someone who wants a job right away!
This establishment provides in home caregivers to residents in the Lakeland area in Florida. You can apply to become a caregiver by visiting their office on the address above and submitting an application. You NEED to have a high school qualification or a GED. Call them on (863) 701-9100

3) The Job Corps:
The Job Corps has five offices located in Florida. Gainesville, Homestead, Jacksonville, Miami and Pinellas. All of them offer no cost Nursing assistant classes. They have stringent qualification requirements that make it a viable option for a select number of people. Most Job Corps centers have an age limit and sometimes require you to live and get trained at their center. It isn’t something everyone will find acceptable but you can’t beat free training! More details on what its like at the Job Corps: Click Here

For a list of centers in Florida and their addresses:

Low Cost Training

Florida is one of a few states where CNA Classes are relatively cheap. We’ve done a lot of research and found a couple of places which provide really good training:

– Tampa Bay CNA
3418 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Palma Ceia Tampa, FL 33629
Their training costs just $199 including the cost for a study guide and a bag of nursing equipment. This training is enough to get you up to speed and ready to challenge the state certification exam. Should you require a little more help you can choose the Silver Plus program which includes in depth exam prep plus extra Skill revision classes. You can call them on: (813) 333-5459 For more info.

– Central CNA Test Prep
6537 N Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809.

Their training costs just $299. They offer free training for a second time if you fail the exam at the first attempt. The training lasts for less than a week and prepares you adequately to take the certification exam. You do not need a high school diploma or a GED to attend this class. More info on enrollment: (863)-937-9316

– Florida International Institute
University Park-11200 SW 8th St-Miami, FL 33199

Florida International Institute offers a Patient Technician Program that will allow a graduate to sit for both a Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant certification test.  Students will learn how to work as nursing assistants in various settings while also learning some other medical related skills and duties including being able to draw blood. This college has many satisfied graduates including those who have finished nursing assistant training. Students comment on the fact that the college has a beautiful campus and has the same feel as a larger university. People seem to feel that the layout and beauty of the campus give it a ‘resort feel.’ Something noteworthy about this school is that they can accommodate students who speak not only English but also Spanish at their primary language.

Students who had completed or were completing nursing assistant training were very complimentary about the instructors. The teachers are known to be very knowledgeable and had the ability to teach materials with ease.  Students did not often struggle to grasp the materials and picked up quickly on the fundamentals of patient care. The school offers both academic instruction and various forms of hands on experience to help a student be fully prepared for their new career and to be ready to work once they are hired to work directly with people at healthcare facilities and hospitals.  Students particularly enjoy hands on labs where they are able to practice various tasks they will complete for patients before actually having to train under supervision with actual patients at a neighboring healthcare center.  Several students noted that Florida International Institute is good at helping students find job placement. In fact, a CNA graduate has a good chance of finding work within their local area after graduating. The advisors at the campuses have also received positive feedback. Students feel they are very helpful and do all they can to help when a student needs it. Advisors are also said to respond to students quickly when they call to leave a message or send an email when they need some further assistance.

This school receives several stars from students of all ages and with all different academic backgrounds.  Several students even commented that they came to Florida International Institute for CNA training after trying training in other entry level healthcare areas at other facilities.  These students all stated how happy they were that they chose to transfer in to FIU.

Nursing Scholarships in Floridacnanotes2

Undine Sams and Friends Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is administed by the Florida Nurses Association. nursing aide training is usually covered in this scholarship because it is a nursing related career. The amount offered is $500 only which is par for a normal CNA course in Florida. (we’ve actually covered some places above that offer it for cheaper but scholarships are usually offered only when the training is at a local community college)

Institutions That Might Be Of Assistance

AARP Senior Community Service Employment Center – Palm Harbor
Address: 1550-B 16 St Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Phone: 727-785-1309

Youth CO-OP Refugee Employment Services
2112 S Congress Avenue Palm Spring, FL 33406
Phone: 561-964-1693
This center provides assistance to people who are not citizens of the United States. They help them integrate into society. One of the services they provide is job assistance through training. Since CNA programs are among the cheapest to fund and are always in demand, there is no reason why they won’t agree to train you for it if you qualify as a refugee and are registered with them. We’ve added this option because we get a lot of questions from people who aren’t in the United States(planning to come) or have just moved here.

Nursing homes in Florida that might be offering free CNA training

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility. The list below is a list of some of the best nursing homes in Florida. You should look for those with active CNA vacancies and contact them because they are the ones most likely to hire trainees. 

Bay Crest Nursing Center – 3611 Transmitter Road   Panama City, Florida 32405
(850) 747-9688

Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion – 4201 31st Street South   Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712
(727) 867-1104

Bay St George Care Center – 198 West Hwy 98   Eastpoint, Florida 32328
(850) 670-8571

Bay St Joseph Care And Rehab Center – 220 Ninth Street   Port Saint Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-8244

Bay Tree Rehab And Nursing Ctn – 2600 Highlands Blvd North   Palm Harbor, Florida 34684
(727) 785-5671

Bayonet Point Health & Rehab – 7210 Beacon Woods Drive   Hudson, Florida 34667
(727) 863-1521

Golfcrest Nursing Home – 600 N 17th Ave   Hollywood, Florida 33020
(954) 927-2531

Good Samaritan Center – 10676 Marvin James Blvd   Dowling Park, Florida 32064
(855) 405-9953

Governor’s Creek Health & Reha – 803 Oak Street   Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
(904) 284-5606

Grace Health Care Of Clewiston – 301 S Gloria St   Clewiston, Florida 33440
(863) 983-5123

Grace Healthcare Of Stp – 521 69th Ave N   Saint Petersburg, Florida 33702
(813) 526-7000

Marianna Convalescent Ctr – 4295 5th Ave   Marianna, Florida 32446
(850) 482-8091

Mariner Hc Of Atlantic Shores – 4251 Stack Blvd   Melbourne, Florida 32901
(407) 953-2219

Mariner Health Care Of Macclen – 755 South Fifth St   Macclenny, Florida 32063
(904) 259-4873

Mariner Health Care Of Orange – 2810 Enterprise Road   Debary, Florida 32713
(407) 668-8818

Mariner Health Care Of Port Or – 5600 Victoria Gardens Blvd   Port Orange, Florida 32127
(904) 760-7773

Mariner Health Care Of Tuskawi – 1024 Willa Springs Dr   Winter Springs, Florida 32708
(407) 699-5506

Mariner Health Of Bonifay – 306 West Brock Ave   Bonifay, Florida 32425
(850) 547-9289

Mariner Health Of Conway Lakes – 5201 Curry Ford Road   Orlando, Florida 32812
(407) 384-8838

Mariner Health Of Inverness – 611 Turner Camp Road   Inverness, Florida 34453
(352) 637-1921

Sunrise Health & Rehab Ctr – 4800 Nob Hill Rd   Sunrise, Florida 33351
(954) 749-2648

Surrey Place Convalescent Cent – 5525 21st Avenue West   Bradenton, Florida 34209
(941) 795-0448

Surrey Place Convalescent Ctr – 2730 W Marc Knighton Ct   Lecanto, Florida 34461
(352) 746-9500

Surrey Place Health & Rehab Cn – 4100 Sw 33rd Ave   Ocala, Florida 34474
(352) 237-7776

Susanna Wesley Health Center I – 5300 W 16th Ave   Hialeah, Florida 33012
(305) 556-5654

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10 Responses to Free CNA Training in Florida

  1. Judy Johnson January 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    I am looking for a nursing home training cna program 2 year contract you can work and train in tampa bay area.

    • Admin February 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      Hi Judy, have you tried getting in touch with any of the nursing homes above?

  2. Yoshia April 8, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    I currently live in Florida my Georiga CNA Certification exp. 2008, I am currently attending Sant Fe College to obtain a certificate for Medcial Billing but graduation date is for 2012. I’m a single mother of four and would like to get back into the field. Are there any free courses or classes in this area. Gainesville, FL
    Been out of work almost 3 months.

  3. Jlo September 10, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Hi I wanted to know if any of these facilities in the Tampa Bay area are still offering free training.

  4. Barbara September 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi, I recently moved to Southwest Florida from Long Island NY. I was wondering if anyone can help me . I am looking for a position in either a nursing home or any other facility that will help me obtain my CNA certification while working for them. Thank you

  5. alexis September 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi, I want to know if Orlando FL is has any no cost CNA classes. I am trying to move from Columbia, SC to FL to better my life as well as my kids. I have two kids who are two years old and six. I dont feel Columbia has any oppertunities for me and i think Orlando is great for me to make a good and comfortable life for us. Please let me know asap because i am planning on moving away from the situation I am in and better myself here. Thanks

  6. alexis September 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    I am also currently in school attending Virginia College. I am in a 2 yr. program focusing on becoming a medical assistant to recieve my associates degree.

  7. Nora October 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Hello I have my diploma for Medical Assistant, i was wondering if I would still need to take classes to work as a home health aide, or what do I need to do. I thought that Medical assistant is higher than home health aide? Please can someone please help me with this question.

    Thank you

    • Admin February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      It is a more higher paying qualification, but do yo the nature of the service provided by HHA’s you need to complete that qualification as well.

  8. laurel pendexter July 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    My name is Laurel and I left an abusive marraige and relocated here to Floida with my children. In Maine I was a licenced CNA but I did not have the money to transfer my license and it lapsed. Where can I find help in Sarasota, Fl to get my license back again at a small cost. thank you

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