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What is a CNA?

Most individuals working in the healthcare field are compassionate, attentive, and caring and enjoy spending a great deal of time helping others manage their healthcare needs and activities associated with daily living. This type of work requires patience and can be relationally rewarding. Many start as a Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA, commonly known as a Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant, or Nurse’s Aid. This is the gateway to your healthcare career! Let’s get started.

What is a CNA?

A CNA is an individual who assists patients with healthcare needs while under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. All it takes to get started is, being age 18 or older, a high school diploma or GED, a level two background check, and ultimately getting certified.

In Florida, there are three ways to get your CNA license.

  • Route One: Challenge the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Exam by passing the written and skills demonstration portion. This is a good option if you already work in the nursing field.

  • Route Two: Complete the curriculum under the Enterprise Florida Jobs and Education Partnership Grant and pass the Written and Skills Nursing Assistant Test.

  • Route Three: This is what Nurse Resource Training Center Offers! Attend an Approved training program and pass the written and skills Nursing Assistant Test.

We offer state-approved formal classroom instruction and hands-on clinical patient care training in a lab and clinical site. We are the only privately owned state-approved CNA school in Tallahassee!

How Much Do CNA’s Make?

Florida is among the states named with the highest employment levels in the nursing field. CNA’s often work in settings such as hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. The higher the designation, the better the salary and benefits earned. Due to the increase in demand for experienced patient care assistants, the average salary for a CNA in Florida as of 2022 is $30,549. For a traveling CNA, pay ranges from as low as $24,500 to $37,000. These amounts are adjusted often, and many make an average of $4,500 a year in overtime compensation. Sounds good, right?

How do you become a CNA?

Obtaining your CNA certification can take less than six months and is far less complicated than the processes needed for other medical professions. After earning your high school diploma or GED, you can choose a state-approved training facility and enroll in CNA classes. During your time in the program, you will take courses designed to introduce you to and increase your knowledge in nursing care, bathing, dressing, feeding, and administering basic medical care. You will be required to take various assessments to test your knowledge and skills.

Once this is complete, you will complete your state-approved exam designed to verify that you possess the needed knowledge and skillset to deliver nursing care. Most CNAs agree on the sense of fulfillment and purpose they experience while caring for others. The appreciation received from helping patients with severe disabilities, providing companionship, and building relationships are worth the time and effort to become a CNA.

What are the next steps?

  1. Check us out

  2. Schedule a Tour at Nurse Resource Training Center LLC

  3. Sign up for a course

    1. Evening Course (6 Weeks)

    2. Weekend Course (10 Weeks)

  4. Graduate (Go You!)

  5. Start your new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant!

When is the next Course?

Nursing Assistant Evening Classes

Evening Sessions 2022

6-Week Evening Sessions

Evening Session 1

February 28 - April 8

Evening Session 2

April 11 - May 18

Evening Session 3

May 23 - June 28

Evening Session 4

July 11 - August 19

Evening Session 5

August 29 - October 5

Evening Session 6

October 17 - December 2

Evening Classroom/Skills Lab and Clinical Schedule

This is a 6 week program.

Monday – Thursday/ (Occasional Friday): Classroom/ Lab: 4:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Monday – Friday: Clinical: 4:00 pm-10:30 pm

Nursing Assistant Weekend Classes

Weekend Session 2022

10-Week Weekend Sessions

Weekend Session 1

April 23 - June 26

Weekend Session 2

July 9 - September 4

Weekend Session 3

September 17 - November 12

Weekend Classroom/Skills Lab and Clinical Schedule

This is a 10 week program.

Saturday and Sunday (Occasional Friday): Classroom/ Lab: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday (Occasional Friday): Clinical: 8:00 am-5:00 pm


Nurse Sharena Beard, MSN, RN

Founder of Nurse Resource Training Center LLC


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