In response to high demand within the healthcare industry, Seminole State College offers a Nursing Assistant Vocational Certificate that consists of these two courses:
The core course, Basic Healthcare Worker, is offered online or at the Altamonte Springs Campus. The Nursing Assistant course will be offered 12 hours per week at the Altamonte Springs and Sanford/Lake Mary campuses. The courses can be taken concurrently, or the Basic Healthcare Worker course can be completed as a prerequisite for the Nursing Assistant course.
HSC 1000, Introduction to Health Care, may substitute for HSC 0003 Basic Healthcare Worker with department approval.
Students who finish the program will receive a Certificate of Program Completion. They also are eligible to take the State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.
Nursing assistants provide basic care and help maintain a safe, clean environment for residents in healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes and adult day health centers.
Employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants are expected to grow 20 percent faster than average for all occupations. This growth in demand is in response to the long-term care needs of an increasingly elderly population. New jobs will be more numerous in nursing and residential care facilities, and growth will be especially strong in community care facilities for the elderly.
The majority of employers in the healthcare industry require a background check. If the background check reveals any issues, employment may be denied. Speak with a program advisor if you have any questions.
To be considered for the Nursing Assistant Vocational Certificate Program, students must:
A high school diploma or equivalency is not required for program entry.
The program costs approximately $500. Additional costs may include lab fees, books, student insurance, background check fee, etc. Federal financial aid is not available. However, Seminole State does offer fee waivers and scholarships for qualified students. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify.
For more information, please email a career program advisor, or call 407.404.6006.
Seminole State College
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773-6199