Nursing Assistant (Long Term Care), Vocational Certificate

Program Information

Vocational Certificate - Code 120500 - Catalog 2019/2020

Nursing Office, 386-506-3250

Sarah Barnaby, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3922,

Patricha Dabney, Administrative Specialist, 386-506-3721,

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. Assist the adult client with activities of daily living and basic care in the long-term care, subacute and assisted living settings, under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

  2. Demonstrates skills safely and accurately during client care; observing and reporting physical, spiritual, psychosocial needs of the client.

  3. Assist the nurse in planning and implementing care to meet the client’s nutrition, hydration, mobility and elimination needs.

  4. Describe the needs of the client and/ or family with acute, chronic, terminal, emotional and or psychological disorders.

  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors within the role and scope of the nursing assistant, under the supervision of the nurse.

Financial Aid

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

Financing Options:  For more information on grants, loans and work programs available see the Office of Financial Aid webpage at Students are also encouraged to apply for one of the many Daytona State College Foundation scholarships offered each semester. For more information see:

Approximate Additional Costs

Program Tuition and Fees*: $329

Access Fee: $4.48 ($1.12 per credit hour)

Assessment Fee: $34

Lab Fees (including liability insurance): $23.50

Textbook and Workbook: $97

Uniform: $95

Laboratory Supplies: $35

Background Check/ Drug Screening/ Document Tracker: $120

Nursing Assistant Exam and Background Check: $235

*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.


The following information is required by federal regulations to be provided to students for all vocational and certificate programs. Additional information on any career, job, or salary potential can be found at For additional career information, please see:

Program Length: The typical length of this program is one (1) semester (15 weeks) for a full-time student. The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) lists the placement rate (2016-17) for this field at 78%.

CIP Code (6 digit) - 51.3902 Nursing Assistant

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Program Specific Courses

Program specific courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.

PRN0090Nursing Assistant


Sample Program of Study

PRN0090Nursing Assistant



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