Florida, known as The Sunshine State, is famous for its balmy weather nearly all year long. It is a hot spot for “snowbirds” who come from the north during the winter to find warm, sunny beaches and swaying palm trees along both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Miami, Florida, is famed for its couture shopping scene and exciting nightlife while Orlando is home to some of the world’s most exciting theme parks. Florida CNAs can enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery along with some great working conditions in the 212 hospitals and 83,178 nursing homes in the state.
– Capital: Tallahassee
– Minimum Wage: $8.22
– Number of Hospitals: 212
– Number of Nursing Homes: 83,178
– Total Population: 19,893,297
– Population (ages 45-64): 5,310,833
– Population (ages 65+): 3,791,544
– Population (ages 85+): 522,291
– University of Florida
– University of Miami
– Florida State University
CNA training is required in Florida for those who are under the age of 18 or who do not have a high school diploma. However, those who are 18 or older and have a high school diploma can challenge the CNA examination without training. Those who fail the CNA test three times will also need to enroll or reenroll in state-approved training. To start training, individuals must be at least 16 years old and have up-to-date immunizations along with a negative tuberculosis test within the past six months. They will need a physical showing that they can lift up to 40 pounds and will be able to keep up with typical CNA workplace requirements Potential students will also need to be fingerprinted and undergo a state background check to prove that they have a clean record. Those who have no high school diploma or GED may need to take a competency examination at their school of choice to demonstrate basic reading and math skills.
Florida CNA training is held in vocational schools and community colleges as well as at some nursing homes and even high schools around the state. In addition, the America Red Cross offers low-cost training options at some regional sites. Students will need to complete 120 hours of CNA training, of which 80 hours will be in the classroom learning theory and 40 hours will be in a local clinical setting practicing direct care skills. Students will learn medical terminology, communication, CPR, human anatomy and much more.
The Florida Department of Health uses Prometric to administer the CNA examination, which is a two-part test. The knowledge section tests CNA theory and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 90 minutes or less. This section is usually administered in writing although students can request to take it orally on their applications if they have a documented need. Applicants may also request either an English or a Spanish version of both the written and oral tests.
The second section of the test is the clinical skills section, which tests an individual’s hands-on skills. Individuals will be assigned five tasks to perform on the testing day. One task is always hand washing, and the other is indirect care. The other three tasks will be randomly assigned on test day.
The fee to take both parts of the examination is $140. Those who have failed will only need to retake the section that was failed. Both parts can be taken up to a total of three times before the individual will need to reenroll in a state-approved training program. The fees for retesting are $35 for the written test and $105 for the clinical skills test. There are also additional costs for those who reschedule their tests. Both sections of the examination must be completed within two years; otherwise, individuals will be required to retrain. Individuals will be notified while at the testing facility as to whether or not they have passed the test.
Florida certifies CNAs who are new to the state through reciprocity. To be able to take advantage of this, CNAs must be currently certified in another state, must be an active CNA and must not have been accused of patient abuse, neglect or exploitation. Those who are currently certified will not need to take the CNA examination. However, those who have completed a training course in another state that meets the requirements of Florida’s registry will need to sit for the competency examination. CNAs applying for reciprocity will need to have an FBI background check as well as electronic fingerprinting. Reciprocity is free although applicants will need to pay the fees associated with the Livescan fingerprinting process.
Florida CNA certificates expire every two years. The certificates are placed into one of two groups. The first group expires on May 31 every two years, and the other group ends on December 31 every two years. Therefore, an individual’s first certification may expire before two years have passed completely. To be able to renew, CNAs must have worked for pay performing nursing-related work within the past two years. In addition, CNAs must complete 12 hours of in-service continuing education every year. The cost for renewal is $55. Those who do not renew in time will be charged extra delinquency fees for a total of $105. Those who are more than 120 days delinquent will be charged $170.
Department of Health
Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
Phone: (850) 488-0595
|Florida Hospital Orlando||601 East Rollins Street||Orlando||FL||32803||407-303-6611||Website|
|Uf Health Shands Hospital||1600 SW Archer Road||Gainesville||FL||32610||855-483-4325||Website|
|Tampa General Hospital||1 Tampa General Circle||Tampa||FL||33606||813-844-7000||Website|
|Mayo Clinic||4500 San Pablo Road South||Jacksonville||FL||32224||904-953-2000||Website|
|Orlando Regional Medical Center||1414 Kuhl Avenue||Orlando||FL||32806||407-841-5111||Website|
|Baptist Hospital Of Miami||8900 North Kendall Drive||Miami||FL||33176||786-596-1960||Website|
|Holy Cross Hospital||4725 North Federal Highway||Fort Lauderdale||FL||33308||954-771-8000||Website|
|Sarasota Memorial Hospital||1700 South Tamiami Trail||Sarasota||FL||34239||941-917-9000||Website|
|Cleveland Clinic Florida||3100 Weston Road||Weston||FL||33331||954-659-5000||Website|
|Naples Community Hospital||350 Seventh Street North||Naples||FL||34102||239-436-5000||Website|
|Venice Regional Medical Center||540 The Rialto||Venice||FL||34285||941-485-7711||Website|
|Boca Raton Regional Hospital||800 Meadows Road||Boca Raton||FL||33486||561-955-7100||Website|
|Indian River Medical Center||1000 36th Street||Vero Beach||FL||32960||772-567-4311||Website|
|Mount Sinai Medical Center||4300 Alton Road||Miami Beach||FL||33140||305-674-2121||Website|
|Uf Health Jacksonville||655 West Eighth Street||Jacksonville||FL||32209||904-244-0411||Website|
|Bay Medical Center||615 North Bonita Avenue||Panama City||FL||32401||850-769-1511||Website|
|Broward Health Medical Center||1600 South Andrews Avenue||Fort Lauderdale||FL||33316||954-355-4400||Website|
|Halifax Health||303 North Clyde Morris Boulevard||Daytona Beach||FL||32114||386-254-4000||Website|
|Holmes Regional Medical Center||1350 South Hickory Street||Melbourne||FL||32901||321-434-7000||Website|
|Sacred Heart Hospital Of Pensacola||5151 North Ninth Avenue||Pensacola||FL||32504||850-416-7000||Website|