Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
The Nursing Assistant (Articulated) certificate program prepares the student with the knowledge, competencies, and requisites to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a variety of acute and long-term healthcare facilities. The program is composed of two (2) courses designed to provide rigor and challenging academic standards that will prepare students for employability.
The program is a combination of classroom instruction (didactic and skills/simulation laboratory) and clinical practice in long-term and other healthcare facilities.
Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.
Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)
The two courses are a combination of classroom, lab and clinical instruction, scheduled over a 16-week period. This occupational program is offered during the fall and spring semester.* Clinicals are required for this program. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings or weekends.
The average CNA salary in Florida is $29,840. CNA’s earn an average hourly wage of $14.35. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors including additional skills and the number of years spent in your profession.
Graduates that are successful on their certification exam after program completion, can work as a Certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a variety of acute and long-term healthcare facilities
Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow eight (8) percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
To be considered for this program a student must:
Complete a Florida Gateway College application.
Complete the Nursing Assistant (Articulated) supplemental application and return it to Nursing and Health Sciences, Building 103 on the FGC main campus.
Prior to starting Nursing Assistant Program:
Courses offered fall and spring term each year
Low student to faculty ratio
Hands on learning environment
Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to sit for the State of Florida’s certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
First Semester: 600 clock hours, 20 occupational credits
HSC 0003 Basic Healthcare Worker – 90 contact hours.
HCP 0121 Nursing Aide and Orderly – 75 contact hours
HSC 0003 BASIC HEALTHCARE WORKER – An introductory course to health occupations and the health care delivery system. This course meets the Department of Education requirement of 90 contact hours. Overview of the following principles are included: interpersonal and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, wellness and illness concepts, safety and security procedures, response in emergency situations, infection control procedures, computer literacy skills, employability skills and blood borne disease precautions including AIDS, CPR certification.
HCP 0121 Nursing Aide and Orderly – This course is the second of two courses needed to complete the Nursing Assistant (Articulated)program. Topics covered in this course include a continuation of topics covered in the health career CORE course and in addition, students will learn how to perform safe, compassionate, and effective basic nursing skills to patients/residents with special focus on the elderly. Students will also learn to practice basic nursing skills within the framework of legal and ethical principles and responsibilities. This course prepares students to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification. Once certified, graduates can work in acute-care settings, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, and in community agencies such as home health. Along with didactic, skills/simulation laboratory and clinical experience are components of this course.
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