What is Crucial to Know About CNA Training in Florida?
Starting a career as a certified nursing aide in Florida is probably a smart choice. At present, it is not required to complete a state-approved CNA training in this state to become licensed. All you have to do is to “challenge” the CNA test, pass it, and you will get your certification.
However, there is a recommendation, made by the Florida Board of Nursing, to end this “challenge” testing. This could mean that you are required to enroll in a training program approved by the state of Florida, probably after July 2, 2013.
If you choose to “challenge” the exam, you need to be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or an equivalent. Next, you need to pass a criminal background check (including fingerprints) carried out by the FBI, and submit your application including fees to Prometric.
Then you have to complete the two part exam successfully. The written (or oral) part contains 50 multiple choice questions. The skills part will require you to demonstrate five randomly selected tasks. This exam can be taken in either the English or Spanish language.
If you don’t pass your CNA exam, you are allowed to retake this test three times. After that you are required to complete a training program approved by the state of Florida before being eligible for reexamination.
Your license will be valid for 24 months and must be renewed biennially (on December 31). To keep your license active you are required to complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period.
Training classes are provided by various healthcare facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, technical and vocational schools and academies. Typically, an approved program contains 120 hours of training (80 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical practice).
Florida has contracted Prometric for carrying out the exams as well as maintaining the CNA registry.
If you have obtained your license in another state it is quite simple to transfer it, because Florida does participate in reciprocity for certified nursing assistants. Passing an exam again is not required if your license has been verified as being active as well as in good standing in another state.
In all other cases, you need to pass the written and skills exam in order to be placed on Florida’s Registry. Additionally, a criminal background check by the FBI is needed before a certification will be granted.
If you are interested in healthcare, this is the right time considering CNA training in Florida before the licensing regulation will most likely be changed. This change will not only result in more time needed for your training, but also the amount of money you have to invest in your education could become considerably higher.
Florida provides a rapidly growing healthcare system, and the outlook for CNAs is excellent. The average salary ranges between $18,410 and $30,040 annually (depending on experience and training).
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