Certified Nursing Assistant

How to become a CNA in Florida

Alyssa Jane
January 23, 2023
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In the state of Florida, also known as the Sunshine State, opportunities to become a CNA are increasing. If you are interested in becoming a CNA, starting may seem complex and challenging, but this may grow into something worthwhile. Need a little more convincing? Here are six great reasons to become a CNA!  

Depending on your chosen school, CNA programs in Florida have varying lengths of time to complete. However, the state requires the training program to have a minimum of 120 hours. The prices of CNA programs vary as well. The current estimated program cost is $2,000 for the schooling and supplies. The starting salary of a CNA in Florida is around $13 per hour and more or around $28,000 - $30,000 annually if working full-time.

What are the requirements to be a CNA in Florida? 

Each state has different requirements to become a CNA. In Florida, these requirements include completing an approved training program, passing a state-approved competency examination, passing a criminal background check, and being 18 years of age or older. It is not necessary to complete a training program to sit for the state-approved exam, but it is helpful. 

Educational criterion (should meet at least one of the following below): 

  1. Completed or enrolled in a state-approved training program.
    If the candidate is actively enrolled and wants to take the exam, the application form should be written with the completion date and training program code.
  1. Has a high school diploma, GED, or is at least 18 years of age. 
    The CNA exam does not require a state-approved training program to take. A candidate can take the exam if they meet the requirements mentioned. If one wishes to take this path, this blog on How to become a CNA in high school is helpful.
  1. Complete a curriculum developed under the Enterprise Florida Jobs and Education Partnership Grant.
    For CNAs to succeed in their role, these programs provide the students with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Important note: Candidates must pass both parts of the exam within two years of the first passed test date. Failing to pass three times in a row will make the candidate ineligible to take the exam unless they register and complete a state-approved training program. 

Background screening criteria:

1. Electronic Fingerprinting 

All applicants must have their fingerprints scanned for the public’s safety. Approved Livescan service providers can be scheduled for an appointment to get the fingerprint data of candidates for electronic submission. When scheduling, you must provide accurate demographic information, identification card, SSN, and the appropriate forms.  

2. Checking for Criminal, Disciplinary, Health History, and others
Applicants must report any criminal convictions other than minor traffic offenses and any health conditions that may impair working. You must submit various documents to the board on a case-to-case basis, and the state thoroughly reviews each submission.

Where can I find CNA classes in Florida?

The state of Florida has many accredited schools to choose from. Most schools offer hybrid programs, and there are plenty of options! Dreambound offers the largest database of CNA schools online. Here are seven reasons to find a CNA class through Dreambound

Filter and compare schools in Florida from Dreambound’s list of Florida State Approved CNA Schools. Dreambound’s database covers the following cities. Find classes in certain cities, such as Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Cape, and Ft. Lauderdale

How do I register for a CNA exam in Florida? 

You may register for the CNA exam in Florida once you have met all of the eligibility requirements. The Florida State Board of Nursing has a contract with Prometric, which handles the Florida CNA Exam. To apply, the Florida State Board of Nursing has created a thorough application process to ensure your information is submitted correctly.

A simplified step-by-step application process guide: 

  • Complete the application form, background screening efforts, and submit fees
    You can submit an online form or a paper application when applying. Candidates should complete a Level II background screening with image capture. The testing fee is currently $140 and is made payable to Prometric and the Livescan service provider. Make sure to check your information, as testing fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Application and test fees are only valid for one year. 
  • Application Received Notification
    Candidates will receive this via email after Prometric processes the application. They will also send applications for approval to the Florida State Board of Nursing. They would only let candidates take the exam after they verified the results of the fingerprint and background check results. 
  • Once Prometric gets approval from the Florida State Board of Nursing, Prometric can finally schedule the candidate for examination and send an admission letter to the candidate! Bring this letter on the day of the exam and two valid IDs for identity verification.

Important note: Adherence to safety protocols and test site regulations is a must! Wearing a mask at all times while in the testing site or its premises is implemented.

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Alyssa Jane

Alyssa Jane is part of the customer success team at Dreambound. She works with students, training providers, and employers, helping them have a smooth customer journey. She is also an ESL tutor and Licensed Psychometrician. She is fond of traveling, photography, and discovering new restaurants.

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