Florida Department of Health
Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Certified Nursing Assistant Registry
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C-13
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3262
Website - www.floridanursing.gov
Email - MQA_CNA@doh.state.fl.us
Becoming a CNA in Florida
If you are looking to get into a career that has a lot of growth potential in Florida, the healthcare field is ripe with opportunities. With an aging population as well as a growing population, the need for healthcare professionals is expanding, and now is the time to start on your career path as a CNA, or certified nursing assistant. You can find some wonderful employment opportunities all around the state including in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Daytona, and more. From the large, hopping cities to the smaller and quieter communities, you will have a number of options when it comes to getting your job. Of course, you first need to have the right education.
Requirements for the CNA Field in Florida
You will be able to find hundreds of different options when it comes to programs in Florida that will help you to become a CNA. No matter where you might be in the state, you should have no trouble finding a quality class. The program that you choose does need to be approved by the Florida Board of Nursing though. You can generally complete these programs in as little as five weeks, and the cost is often under $500. You may even be able to find financial assistance if needed. It is generally a good idea to start buying your scrubs now, as you will need them during some portions of training, as well as when you enter the field. You can find them online and in stores easily, and they are affordable.
The training programs that you will go through have two parts. You will have to take your classroom training, which is going to consist of about 60 hours as well as your clinical training, which is another 60 hours. Combined, they will prepare you for working in the real world as well as taking your CNA exam for your certification and license.
The Exam and Registering
To become a certified nursing assistant, you need to do more than just take your CNA classes in Orlando, FL, Miami, or wherever you take them. You also need to pay $93 for the CNA exam, which is going to consist of two parts � a written exam and a practical exam. You also have to pay $87.25 for your Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI Screening. Priometric is the company that administers the test. You need to renew your license every two years. The cost for renewal is $55, and you have to have at least 12 hours per year of continuing education in the field.
Entering the Field
You are going to find quite a few different options when it comes to where you want to work and what you want to do. From working in a nursing home or senior care facility to working in a bustling hospital, you have many options. From the panhandle all the way down to the state's southern tip, you can find work. Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville often have great opportunities. The average salary for a CNA in the state is $28k per year, not including all of the benefits. Those who enter the field find that it offers more than just money though. It is also an opportunity to do a job that helps others and provides you with a good feeling inside.
Florida Department of Health: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/cna/cna_edu_info.html
120 hours of training in order to become certified.
Complete a six week course.
Florida CNAs may be reimbursed by their employer for their certification fees.
Aides must renew their license every 24 months.