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About Our Nursing Assistant Training Program

Our Nursing Assistant Training Program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing. Our program is 120 hours in total, of which 40 hours are completed online, 40 hours consist of lab experience, and 40 hours are dedicated to a hands-on, supervised clinical practicum. Our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning we provide you with everything you need, such as books, supplies, uniforms, student liability insurance, state examination fees, plus more. This course will provide students with insights into common nursing practices to follow in the workplace, such as clear communication, responsibility, innovative and creative problem-solving, professional work ethics and behavior, and using technology to improve productivity. We’d recommend nursing assistants looking to work in the field enroll in this state-approved CNA program, as many employees are likely to prefer prospective employees with the proper training and qualifications.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the following knowledge and skills successfully:

  • Recognize symptoms and react to emergencies
  • Follow infection control procedures and practices
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of the health occupations and delivery systems
  • Apply wellness and disease management concepts in practice
  • Understand how to utilize information technology applications in healthcare procedures
  • Satisfactory knowledge of bloodborne diseases such as AIDS and HIV
  • Follow safety and security guidelines and procedures
  • Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of a nursing assistant

Why Is the Nursing Assistant Training Program Important?

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In recent years, employment trends have shown that the number of nursing assistants in Florida has risen and will likely grow by 11% in 2028. Therefore, this Nursing Assistant Training Program is ideal for students to gain relevant and valuable practical experience cost-effectively and efficiently. The fact of the matter is that even though nursing assistants are traditionally overlooked in the healthcare sector, they perform essential tasks, help patients with daily activities, and assist in their recovery. However, they are also one of the most rewarding career paths for truly compassionate individuals.

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Nursing assistants are an important part of the healthcare force. They spend most of their time at work interacting with patients such as the elderly, stroke victims, or accident victims by helping them feed, bathe, and dress. While the working hours may be long and the job may entail many roles and responsibilities, it is one of the most fulfilling professions. Additionally, being a nursing assistant can open the door to many opportunities in the nursing field if you’re looking to take your career to the next level. South Florida Health Care Institute is committed to providing our students with the best-quality training and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to be nursing assistants. This course will teach you medication care, nutritional care, disease management, personal hygiene management, and many more.

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Financial Assistance Available Through Boca Helping Hands For Those Who Qualify

Boca Helping Hands is a registered nonprofit organization that offers 100% tuition assistance for qualified applicants through support from grants and community donors. Boca Helping Hands, located in Boca Raton, pays for all fees for students to receive free hands-on training and accreditation at partner vocational/trade schools throughout South Florida, including the South Florida Health Care Institute. Visit for additional information and to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is South Florida Healthcare Institute Nursing Assistant Training Program approved?
Yes, the South Florida Healthcare Institute Nursing Assistant Training Program, also providing BLS training in Boca Raton, Florida, is approved through the Florida Board of Nursing #1652 and the Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education #9027.
What is the schedule for the Nursing Assistant Training Program?

South Florida Healthcare Institute offers a hybrid 4-week, 120-hour Nursing Assistant Program. We utilize ReadyCNA, which is a comprehensive cloud-based training program to prepare students for careers as certified nursing assistants. The program revolves around “The Residents,” a three-hour, Hollywood-quality movie that depicts the life of a newly hired CNA. The training is complemented by animated simulations, informative video interviews with real-life medical personnel, 180 content videos, quizzes, and practice tests. ReadyCNA goes beyond helping students learn required skills and achieve CNA certification. It also prepares them for the emotional and interpersonal challenges of the job – as well as its rewards.

Weeks 1 and 2 are completed online at home (self-paced). Week 3 is lab activities, and it is completed at our school, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Week 4 is clinical, and it is completed at a skilled nursing facility or hospital in Palm Beach county, Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

You must attend all lab and clinical days to graduate.

Do you offer evening or weekend classes?
Yes, we offer weekend classes.
Do I have to take an examination after I graduate to become licensed as a CNA?
Yes, you must only take a written test through Prometric, once you graduate. Your program director will work with you to apply for your examination during week 3 of your program. More information can be found on the Prometric website: As of July 1, 2023, students who have successfully completed a board-approved certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program are exempt from having to take the clinical skills portion of the licensure exam.
Do I need to be vaccinated by COVID-19 to complete the Nursing Assistant Training Program?
No, COVID-19 vaccines are no longer required.
Why should I register with your school, and how is your program different from a CNA Prep Class?
South Florida Health Care Institute is licensed and approved through the Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Department of Education, which is very important to prospective job employers. That is also important for students who are continuing their education. LPN and RN schools want prospective students to have graduated from a CNA school that is approved and licensed. Many times, job employers will not hire someone who completed a “CNA Prep Class” because those types of programs are not approved, nor do they conduct a clinical portion.
Do you offer financial assistance for the Nursing Assistant Training Program?
Yes, we are partnered with Boca Helping Hands which offers 100% tuition assistance for qualified applicants. You can find out more information by visiting: