Florida State takes a much easier approach to becoming a registered CNA than other states by allowing people that want to become a CNA to take the exam within 120 days of starting a training program. While you are in a training program, you will be able to make money as well, and that is one of the best aspects of becoming a CNA in the state of Florida. But there are other ways of becoming a registered CNA. One way is by taking a training program like any other state. You can also transfer from another state and take the exam.
The Florida Department of Health administers the CNA competency exam and will evaluate your communication skills as well as randomly picking 5 nursing skills that you will need to pass. You will also have to be over the age of 18 and possess a high school diploma or GED. The job outlook for Florida CNAs is set to grow rapidly over the next few years, and now is a very good time to get into a training program. You will also see a great opportunity to advance in the medical field after you become a registered CNA.
The state of Florida has over 600 training programs throughout the state so that anyone wanting to become a CNA can find a facility easily. These are all state regulated facilities and offer the same amount of training that is required according to state guidelines. Even if you are already registered in another state you should consider taking a Florida state training program, even though there is no law or regulations stating you have to. Just remember that the better trained you are the more skills you will have, and the higher your starting pay could end up being.
The state run training programs are required to offer students at least 40 hours of training in a clinical situation as well up to 80 hours of class room and communications training. You can find facilities online for the county or city that you live in for more information on available classes.
For more information you can contact:
Concorde Career Institute in Jacksonville or Miramar
Florida Technical College in Lakeland
You can also contact the Florida State Board of Nursing for a list of facilities that are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Department of Health. This is probably one of the easiest ways of finding an approved state certified CNA training program that would be available in the area you live in.