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Nursing Assistant (Long Term Care), Vocational Certificate

Program Information

Vocational Certificate - Code 1205 - Catalog 2017/2018

Patricia Marrow, Assistant Chair, 386-785-2059,

Linda Vought, Office Assistant, 386-506-3250,

Maria Smith, Staff Assistant, 386-506-3069,

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes


The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide an innovative learning environment that promotes excellence in the field. Programs prepare students to exhibit professionalism, ethical behaviors and competency in meeting the dynamic health-care needs of individuals across the lifespan, amongst diverse cultures and across health-care continuums.


The nursing assistant long-term care program prepares individuals to become entry level health care professionals providing basic nursing care to clients in nursing home and long-term care facilities. This program consists of 80 hours of classroom/laboratory instruction and 40 hours of clinical. 

Students learn interpersonal skills; medical terminology; legal and ethical responsibilities; safe and efficient work; gerontology; nutrition; pet-facilitated therapy; health and safety; and employability skills. The program is designed to prepare students for employment as a nursing assistant after passing a nursing assistant competency exam in accordance with Florida Statutes 464.203.


Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively.
  2. Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to the nursing assistant.
  3. Demonstrate safe use of equipment in a nursing home and long-term care setting.
  4. Demonstrate safe care of the geriatric client.
  5. Apply principles of infection control in the health care setting.
  6. Demonstrate employability skills.

Note: The length of this program makes it ineligible for federal and state financial aid.

Approximate Additional Costs

Program Tuition and Fees: $329*

Access Fee: $5 ($1.26 per credit hour)

Assessment Fee: $3

Lab Fees (including liability insurance): $23

Textbook/Workbook Combo and Syllabus: $60

Uniform: $35

Laboratory Supplies: $60

Background Check/ Drug Screening/ Document Tracker: $120

Nursing Assistant Exam: $155

*In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Score on the placement test for vocational programs which indicate language and reading at the 10th grade level and math ability at the 9th grade level. Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing.
  • The following items must be received prior to the first day of clinical:
    • Completion of health screening to include: verification of immunization against influenza, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and Hepatitis 'B'; and negative test for tuberculosis.
    • Satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check (Level II) consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification for healthcare providers to include adults, infant, children, and automatic external defibrillator (AED) affiliated with the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. 
    • Program specific courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.

Program Specific Courses

PRN0090Nursing Assistant


Sample Program of Study

PRN0090Nursing Assistant



Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.