CNA Classes in Cape Coral, FL

The demand for CNAs is on the rise. The nursing assistant position is one of the fastest growing careers in the healthcare industry. It is expected that between 2014 and 2024 the demand for CNAs would peak.

The nursing assistant career path is an excellent choice for young adults in the Cape Coral area. The city has an estimated population of 165,834. About 17 percent of the population is over 65. Though the city’s 18-24 age group is growing fast, this trend is an exception as the rest of the state – even the country is graying steadily.

Southwestern Vocational Training

Southwestern Vocational Training (SWVT) offer programs that cater to the needs of the community, employers, and industries. And as a locally-owned school, licensed under the Florida Commission for Independent Education and certified by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Their Patient Care Technician and CNA Prep programs are geared towards a national nursing assistant certification. The Patient Care Technician program has four career paths. Graduates can sit for Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Patient Care Technician certification exams. The CNA Prep program is for those who already have a background in healthcare, especially those who have prior training as Home Health Aides (HHA). The course can also serve as a refresher for those who previously attempted certification or have had previous certification.

There are day and night class options. The classes for the Patient Care Technician program meet Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The duration of the program is 10-12 weeks for day classes and 17 to 20 weeks for night classes. Prospective students should enroll two weeks before the first day of classes.

CNA Prep classes also meet Monday to Thursday but the evening classes end at 9:45 p.m. The program duration is one week for day classes and two weeks for night classes.

The tuition fee and additional costs for the Patient Care Technician aren’t disclosed, but students can qualify for financial assistance. The tuition for the CNA Prep program is $450. Books, equipment, and supplies are included in the tuition, but students need to pay out-of-pocket for CPR, CEUS, and medical scrubs. The state certification exam is also conducted on SWVT’s own testing facility. This will cost an additional $140 exam fee and $80 for fingerprint fee.

SWVT provides job placement assistance right after graduation.

Contact SWVT by phone (239-214-0717) or visit their website above.

Cape Coral Technical College

Cape Coral Technical College (CCTC) is a public, post-secondary vocational school that is a part of the Lee County Public School System. The school was first opened in 1993 with the Nursing Assistance Program bringing in its first graduates. CCTC now offers programs that will prepare students for careers in agriculture, business, health, hospitality, and technology. It has accreditations from the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the SACS/CASI division of AdvancED.

The school’s Nursing Assistant – Articulated program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. Class sizes are small and hands-on. Students are given personal instruction and are trained for competence and empathy. The course is six weeks in length for a total of 165 contact hours. About 90 hours of the program is for the Basic Healthcare Worker training and the other 75 hours is for the articulated Nurse Aid and Orderly training.

Upon graduation students will receive a CCTC certificate of completion for Basic Healthcare Worker, Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated), and Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association. Graduates are of course eligible to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant State Exam.

Classes meet from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Clinical classes start at 6:30 a.m. with different ending hours.

Admission requirements include high school diploma, immunizations, drug screen, level 2 background screen, and an appointment with the admissions office.

The approximate cost of the program is $1,293. This includes the tuition and graduation fee ($494), pre-admission costs ($274), and additional expenses ($525).

Contact the CCTC by phone (239-574-4440) or visit their website above.

Lee County High Schools

Two Lee Country District high schools in Cape Coral offer CNA programs. These are the Ida S. Baker High School (Agualinda Blvd) and the Mariner High School (Chiquita Blvd). Both schools offer CNA programs under their Medical Academies.

The program is affiliated with the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). This means that HOSA is integrated into the curriculum, with the primary focus on the interpersonal development of the student in preparation for a career in healthcare. Mariner High School even emphasizes these attributes in their program: communication, work ethic, strong knowledge base, clinical skills and leadership skills.

The course sequence for CNA in Ida S. Baker High School starts at 10th grade with Health Science 1. This is followed by Health Science 2 in 11th grade and Nursing 3 and Health Science Education in 12th grade. The course sequence in Mariner High School starts at 9th grade with Medical Skills and Services. Health Science Anatomy and Physiology is taught in 10th grade, while Health Science Foundations is taught in 11th grade. The 12th-grade-course sequence consists of Allied Health Assisting (Phlebotomy), Electrocardiograph Aide, and Nursing Assistant (Acute and Long Term Care).

Both programs aim for state-level industry certification. Mariner High School students can sit for the Electrocardiograph Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy Technician certification exams. They can also receive CPR certifications.

Contact the Lee County School District by phone (239-334-1102) or visit the websites of the individual schools.