CNA Courses in Florida

Making a satisfying career in the nursing sector in Florida is one of the easiest things that one needs to do as a nursing assistant, as there are around 800 approved Certified Nursing Assistant courses provided all over the state.

Various medical colleges, vocational colleges, & independent community facilities offer such programs that are recognized by Florida Department of Health/Florida Board of Nursing.

CNA courses in this state comprise 120 hours of training, equally split up into classroom exercises & clinical exercises. They last for around 5 weeks, costing as less as $400-$500. It consists of learning & thereby implementing basic nursing ethics, proper patient care, hygiene & nutrition, CPR certification, infection prevention & control measures, medical terminology, and performing other related nursing duties.

Several agencies offer free CNA classes to the applicants who have signed on to work with them for a specified period.

Prerequisites for nurse aide courses

While the requirements to undertake CNA courses in Florida are minimal, the applicants are required to pass the following tests successfully:

  • Criminal screening
  • Medical & drug screening

Required Skills

Although it is not mandatory, possessing the following skills can prove advantageous, if followed in addition to the above-specified requirements:

  • Good behavior
  • Excellent communication skills (both written & verbal)
  • Patience
  • All-round consistent performance

List of CNA Courses in Florida Free or Low Cost

Name of
Institution
Address Contact No Fax No Official Website
Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion 4201 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (727) 867-1104 (727) 867-9837 http://baypointenursingpavilion.com
The Bridge at Bay St. Joe 220 9th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (850) 229-8244 (850) 229-1042 http://bridgeatbaystjoe.com
Bayonet Point Health & Rehabilitation 7210 Beacon Woods Drive, Hudson, FL 34667 (727) 863-1521 (727) 868-2352 http://www.bphrc.com
Golfcrest Healthcare Center 600 North 17th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33020 (954) 927-2531 (954) 927-0425 http://golfcresthealthcare.com
Good Samaritan Center 1309 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 655-5511 http://www.goodsamaritanmc.com
Sunrise Health & Rehab Centre 4800 Nob Hill Road, Sunrise, FL 33351 (954) 577-3600 (954) 746-0261 http://www.sunrisehrc.com
The Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center 7101 Drive Martin Luther King Jr. Street North,
St. Petersburg, FL  33702
(727) 527-7231 (727) 522-2486 http://abbeyhealthandrehab.com
All Saints Nursing 5888 Blanding Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32244
(904) 772-1220 (904) 772-6334 http://www.allsaintsnursing.org
The Allegro At College Harbor 4600 54th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 231-6771 http://www.allegroliving.com
Arbor Village 490 South Old Wire Road,
Wildwood, FL, 34785
(352) 748-3322 (352) 748-7609 http://www.arbor-village.com
Bear Creek Nursing Center 8041 State Road 52, Hudson, Florida, 34667 (727) 863-5488 (727) 862-9558 http://www.bearcreeknursingcenter.com
Clermont Health & Rehabilitation Center 151 East Minnehaha Avenue,
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 394-2188 (352) 394-8574 http://clermonthealthandrehab.com
Eagle Lake Rehab & Care Center 1100 66th Street North,
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710
(727) 345-9331 (727) 345-7064 http://www.eaglelakerehab.com
Heartland of Brooksville 575 Lamar Avenue,
Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 799-2226 (352) 799-3368 http://www.heartland-manorcare.com
Life Care Center Of Hilliard 3756 West Third Street, Hilliard, FL 32046 (904) 845-3988 (904) 845-7414 http://lifecarecenterofhilliard.com
Madison Nursing Center 2481 West US 90
Madison, FL 32340
(850) 973-4880 (850) 973-3900 http://madisonhealthandrehab.com
Madison Pointe Rehabilitation and Health Center 6020 Indiana Avenue,
New Port Richey, Florida 34653
(727) 849-7555 (727) 847-0898 http://madisonpointerehab.com
Palm Garden of Winter Haven 1120 Cypress Gardens Boulevard,
Winter Haven, FL 33884
(863) 293-3100 (863) 291-0578 http://www.palmgarden.com
Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Tampa 4411 North Habana Avenue, Tampa FL 33614 (813) 872-2771 (813) 871-2831 http://rehabilitationandhealthcarecenteroftampa.com
Savannah Court of Maitland, Maitland 1301 West Maitland Boulevard Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 982-3837 http://www.savannahcourtmaitland.com
Signature Health Care of North Florida 1083 Sanders Avenue,
Graceville, FL 32440
(850) 263-4447 (850) 263-4201 http://shcofnorthflorida.com
Sun Terrace Health Care 105 Trinity Lakes Drive,
Sun City Center, FL 33573
(813) 634-3324 http://www.cchcfacilities.com/SunTerrace-Home-Temp.html
Titusville Rehabilitation & Nursing Center 1705 Jess Parrish Court, Titusville, FL 32796 (321) 269-5720 (321) 269-6245
 
http://titusvillehealthandrehab.com
Williston Rehabilitation & Nursing Center 300 Northwest 1st Avenue, Williston FL 32696 (352) 528-3561 (352) 528-0250 http://www.willistonrehab.com
Woodland Terrace of Citrus County 124 West Norvell Bryant Highway,
Hernando, FL 34442
(352) 249-3100 (352) 746-0748 http://www.terrace-citrus.com
Zephyrhills Health & Rehab Center, Inc 7350 Dairy Road Zephyrhills, FL 33540 (813) 788-4300 (813) 779-0182 http://www.zephyrhillshealth.com
Orlando Health Rehabilitation Center 830 West 29th Street
Orlando, FL 32805
(407) 843-3230 (407) 835-9431 http://orlandohealthandrehab.com
Epworth Village Retirement Community-Susanna Wesley Health Center 5300, West 16th Avenue, Hialeah, Florida- 33012 (305) 556-3500 (305) 821-1407 http://www.epworthvillagerc.com
Surrey Place Health & Rehabilitation Center 5525 21st Avenue, West
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 795-0448 (941) 795-3964 http://surreyplacehealthandrehab.com
Surrey Place Care Center 110 Southeast Lee Avenue,
Live Oak, FL 32064
(386) 364-5961 (386) 364-1656 http://surreyplacecare.com
Golf view Health Care Center 3636 10th Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 323-3611 (727) 321-6185 http://golfviewhealthcare.com
Bay front Health St. Petersburg 701 6th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 823-1234 http://www.bayfrontstpete.com
City of Marianna Florida 2898 Green Street,
Marianna, FL 32446
(850) 482-4353 http://www.cityofmarianna.com
Avanté Group 4000 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 540 North,
Hollywood, Florida 33021
(954) 987-7180 http://www.avantecenters.com
The Alliance Community for Retirement Living 644 South Woodland Boulevard,
DeLand, FL 32720
(800) 334-4133 http://www.alliancecommunity.org
Waterman Village 255 Waterman Avenue,  Mount Dora, FL 32757 (352) 385-1126 (800) 654-7670 http://www.watermanvillage.com
The Health Center of Lake City 560 SW McFarlane Avenue, Lake City FL 32025 (386) 758-4777 (386) 961-9296 http://www.lakecityrehab.com
Putnam Community Medical Center Highway 20 West
P.O. Box 778
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 328-5711 (386) 325-8178 http://www.pcmcfl.com
Savannah Court of Maitland 1301 West Maitland Boulevard, Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 982-3837 http://www.savannahcourtmaitland.com
Westminster Communities of Florida 80 West Lucerne Circle,
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 839-5050 http://www.westminsterretirement.com
  • Bay Crest Nursing Center
    Address: – 3611, Transmitter Road, Panama City, Florida- 32405
    Contact Number: (850) 747-9688
    Fax: (850) 747-9688
  • Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion
    Address: – 4201, 31st Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida- 33712
    Contact Number: (727) 867-1104
    Fax: (727) 867-9837
    Official Website: baypointenursingpavilion.com
  • Bay St. George Care Center
    Address: – 198, West Highway 98, Eastpoint, Florida- 32328
    Contact Number: (850) 670-8571
  • Bay St. Joseph Care and Rehabilitation Center
    Contact Number: (850) 229-8244, (850) 227-9502
    Address: – 220, Ninth Street, Port Saint Joe, Florida- 32456
    Fax: (850) 229-1042
  • Bay Tree Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
    Address: – 2600, Highlands Blvd North, Palm Harbor, Florida- 34684
    Contact Number: (727) 785-5671
    Fax: (727) 787-5486
    Official Website:
  • Bayfront Medical Center
    Contact Number: (727) 823-1234
    Address: – 701, Sixth Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida- 33701
    Official Website: bayfront.org
  • Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation
    Contact Number: (727) 863-1521, (888) 549-1692
    Address: – 7210, Beacon Woods Drive, Hudson, Florida- 34667
    Email Id: info@rehabpasco.com
    Official Website: rehabpasco.com
  • Golfcrest Nursing Home
    Contact Number: (954) 927-2531
    Address: – 600, N 17th Avenue, Hollywood, Florida- 33020
    Fax: (954) 927-0425
    Official Website: golfcresthealthcare.com
    Email Id: admission.golfcrest@signaturehealthcarellc.com 
  • Golfview Nursing Home
    Address: – 3636, Tenth Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, Florida- 33713
    Contact Number: (727) 323-3611
    Fax: (727) 321-2950 
  • Good Samaritan Center
    Address: – 10676, Marvin James Boulevard, Dowling Park, Florida- 32064
    Contact Number: (386) 658-5550
    Fax: (386) 658-5666
  • Governor’s Creek Health and Rehabilitation
    Contact Number: (904) 284-5606
    Address: – 803, Green Cove Springs, Oak Street, FL- 32043
  • Grace Health Care, Clewiston
    Contact Number: (863) 983-5123
    Address: – 301, S Gloria Street, Clewiston, Florida- 33440
    Fax: (863) 983-6698
  • Grace Healthcare, Lakeland
    Address: – 1919, Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida- 33805
    Contact Number: (863) 284-5635, (863) 682-2822 
  • Grace Healthcare, Saint Petersburg
    Address: – 521, 69th Avenue N, Saint Petersburg, Florida- 33702
    Contact Number: (727) 526-7000
    Fax: (727) 527-7270 
  • Gramercy Park Nursing Center
    Contact Number: (305) 255-1045
    Address: – 17475, S Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida- 33157
    Fax: (305) 255-4530 
  • Marianna Convalescent Center
    Address: – 4295, 5th Avenue, Marianna, Florida- 32446
    Contact Number: (850) 482-8091
    Fax: (850) 482-6162 
  • Mariner Health  Care, Atlantic Shores
    Address: – 4251, Stack Blvd, Melbourne, Florida- 32901
    Contact Number: (407) 953-2219
    Fax: (407) 953-2002 
  • Mariner Health Care, Macclenny
    Address: – 755, South Fifth Street, Macclenny, Florida- 32063
    Contact Number: (904) 259-4873
    Fax: (904) 259-4879
  • Mariner Health Care, Orange
    Contact Number: (407) 668-8818
    Address: – 2810, Enterprise Road, Debary, Florida- 32713
    Fax: (954) 385-1947 
  • Mariner Health Care, Port Orange
    Address: – 5600, Victoria Gardens Blvd, Port Orange, Florida- 32127
    Contact Number: (904) 760-7773
    Fax: (904) 760-8949 
  • Mariner Health Care, Tuskawi
    Contact Number: (407) 699-5506
    Address: – 1024, Willa Springs Dr, Winter Springs, Florida- 32708
  • Mariner Health, Belleair
    Contact Number: (727) 585-5491
    Address: – 1150, Ponce Deleon Blvd, Clearwater, FL- 33756 
  • Mariner Health, Bonifay
    Contact Number: (850) 547-9289
    Address: – 306, West Brock Avenue, Bonifay, Florida- 32425
    Fax: (850) 547-2575 
  • Mariner Health, Clearwater
    Address: – 4470, East Bay Dr, Clearwater, Florida- 33764
    Contact Number: (727) 530-7100
    Fax: (727) 539-8024 
  • Mariner Health, Conway Lakes
    Address: – 5201, Curry Ford Road, Orlando, Florida- 32812
    Contact Number: (407) 384-8838
    Fax: (407) 384-8944, (407) 384-7936
    Official Website: cchcfacilities.com
  • Mariner Health, Inverness
    Address: – 611, Turner Camp Road, Inverness, Florida- 34453
    Contact Number: (352) 637-1130
    Fax: (352) 637-1921, (914) 592-8212 
  • Sunrise Health and Rehabilitation Center
    Contact Number: (954) 577-3527, (954) 577-3600
    Address: – 4800, Nob Hill Road, Sunrise, Florida- 33351
    Fax: (954) 746-0261
    Official Website: sunrisehrc.com
  • Sunset Point Rehabilitation and Nursing
    Contact Number: (727) 443-1588
    Address: – 1980, Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL- 33765 
  • Surrey Place Care Center
    Contact Number: (386) 364-5961
    Address: – 110, Se Lee Avenue, Live Oak, Florida- 32060
    Fax: (904) 364-1656
    Official Website: surreyplacecare.com
  • Surrey Place Convalescent Center
    Contact Number: (941) 795-0448, (941) 794-3635
    Address: – 5525, 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida- 34209
    Fax: (941) 795-3964 
  • Surrey Place Convalescent Center
    Address: – 2730, W Marc Knighton Ct, Lecanto, Florida- 34461
    Contact Number: (352) 746-9500
    Fax: (352) 746-9666 
  • Surrey Place Health & Rehabilitation Center
    Contact Number: (352) 237-7776
    Address: – 4100, Southwest 33rd Avenue, Ocala, Florida- 34474
    Fax: (352) 237-5551 
  • Susanna Wesley Health Center I
    Address: – 5300, W 16th Avenue, Hialeah, Florida- 33012
    Contact Number: (305) 556-3500
    Fax: (305) 821-1407 
  • Suwannee Health Care Center
    Address: – 1620, Helsvenston Street, Live Oak, Florida- 32060
    Contact Number: (386) 362-7860
    Fax: (386) 362-4417 
  • Suwannee Valley Nursing Center
    Contact Number: (386) 792-1868
    Address: – 427, Northwest 15th Avenue, Jasper, Florida- 32052
    Fax: (904) 792-1698 
  • Sylvan Health Center
    Address: – 2770, Regency Oaks Blvd, Clearwater, Florida- 33759
    Contact Number: (727) 791-1500

Procedure for applying for State certification exam

To gain employment as nurse aide in Florida, you will have to pass the state’s certification exam following completion of CNA course.

In case, if the candidate has not undergone a nursing assistant course, then he/she will require to be at least 18 years old or a high school diploma holder or GED holder in order to be eligible for this CNA license exam. This exam includes two sections, viz. a written section, & skills section.

This exam costs around $93 plus $87.25 for Florida Department of Law Enforcement & FBI Screening. The written section comprises 50 multiple choice questions, for which the candidate will be required to complete it within 2 hours. Instead of undertaking English written exam, the candidates do have an option to take either an oral or a Spanish written exam if they are not good in English reading; but it must be specified in the application form prior to test.

The candidate’s performance will be tested in five arbitrarily chosen nursing skills, which will be administered in English only. You will get registered under Florida Nurse Aide Registry following your successful completion of the state certification exam. This will ensure that you can work anywhere in the state.

Nurse aide license renewal must be done after every two years. In an attempt to renew the CNA license, the candidate will be required to have a total of 24 hours on-the-job training experience (one hour of training per month) & to perform paid nursing associated services over the last 24 successive years.

Transferring to the State of Florida, in order to gain employment as a nurse aide is very easy, only if the following conditions are met successfully:

  • Active CNA certificate (not lapsed/expired) from the state where the candidate currently works
  • Good standing status with the state
  • Clean criminal background (checks conducted by FBI)

Once these & other related documents are verified, you will be notified about the status of your transfer. As the growth of the health sector economy in Florida is on the rise and as there is shortage of nursing employees, there is no sign of scarcity for CNA job opportunities.

Due of this, high salary packages are being offered. Typically, the average annual income and the average hourly wage of a CNA are around $28,000 & $12 respectively. Salary will get higher with experience and additional certifications. Hence, it will guarantee excellence & success both, if the candidate will pursue CNA from the State of Florida.

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