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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) w/ Home Health Aide (09/19/24-11/07/24)

Sep 19, 2024 - Nov 7, 2024

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Full course description

Instructor(s):  Cynthia Ballard

Course Days: 09/19/24 to 11/07/24 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Time: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.


HCC/Sunshine Health
200 W Waters Ave

Tampa, FL 33604

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Who should attend?  Anyone over the age of 18 with high school diploma or GED. 

Upon successful completion of this 80+ hour program, you will be prepared to challenge the state examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and begin to immediately work as a Home Health Aide or Patient Care Attendant.

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course? We have a new scholarship available here:

You can also visit our Financial Assistance Page.

·         If you are between the ages of 16 and 24 with a high school diploma or GED, you may qualify for a local grant.   Please visit

·         Check out our Pre-Payment Plan.

Course Description:

This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic care services for a patient (acute care setting) or resident (long-term care setting) or an individual in a home health setting. It prepares the student to function in the role of nursing assistant under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).  The course includes 84 hours of lecture and skills training with the option to attend 40 hours of clinical experience in a hospital or nursing home ($200 separate fee).  Completers of the CNA program will be able to challenge the CNA licensing exam in the state of Florida and immediately work as a Patient Care Attendant and/or Home Health Aide in any Medicare approved center. The following is included in your registration fee:

BLS Certification valid for 2 years

Prometric CNA Exam Application Fee & Background Check

Course Requirements for Optional 40 hours of Clinical Training Experience (separate fee of $200 after class starts).  Clinicals are four, 10-hour shifts at a hospital and/or long-term nursing facility. Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed.                                               

Background Check- A level 2 background check will be conducted through Hillsborough Community College.  Students with felonies, especially those related to child or elder abuse are not allowed to participate in the clinical rotation.  Visit the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to see if you are eligible to work in healthcare if you have criminal a history. Person’s with criminal history may be able to obtain and exemption from AHCA to provide eligibility for employment in a healthcare setting.  A failed background check will result in removal from the program with no refund. 


Drug Screening- Students are required to have a 10-panel drug screen.  If the urine screen is positive, the student will receive a call from the medical review officer at the testing center asking you to provide documentation of prescriptive medication.  If proper documentation cannot be provided, the failed drug screen will result in removal from the program with no refund.  NOTE: Healthcare facilities will not allow students or employees to use marijuana, even with state medical approval for marijuana use.  Any positive marijuana drug screen result, regardless of medical approval for use, will still result in removal from the program with no refund.


Physical Exam/Immunizations
Students must get a medical physical exam including a 2-stage TB skin test and must provide proof that all immunizations are up to date including:  Influenza, COVID-19 Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B, TDAP.  If the student has a medical issue that can affect their participation in the program, they should advise HCC immediately.  We do not recommend taking classes that include phlebotomy/specimen collection and if you are pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant due to exposure risk.  Your physician must complete and sign the Students Health and Immunization Certification Forms.  All exams, tests and vaccines are required unless you have a medical or religious exemption.  Your healthcare provider will need to complete required HCC forms available to you once your register.

Helpful hints:

1.       Your High School should have your immunization records if you have graduated within the past 3 years.

2.       If you grew up in Florida, you can request your vaccine records here:

3.       Your primary care doctor may have copies of your immunizations.

4.       Physicals and immunizations are free in many health insurance plans including Medicaid and may be completed with your primary care doctor.

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions 
Please note that any cancellations must be received in writing before the class start date to receive a full refund.

Questions? Please email We are happy to help you!