CNA Classes in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is the largest city in Broward County with its population of 176, 747. It is considered as the “Venice of America” but it is now shedding its tourism-only reputation as more businesses relocate and expand their operations within the city.

The city boasts of a high quality of living but it is also undeniably aging. The median resident age is 42.8 years, 4 percent higher than the median age in the entire Florida. Residents aged 55 to 64 make up 14.6 percent of the population while residents that are over 65 make up 16.3% of the population.

This issue seems to be properly addressed as the healthcare sector is the top employer in Fort Lauderdale at 11.2 percent. There are many institutions where CNAs can find employment. Florida, in general, has one of the highest employment rate of CNAs at 11.05 per 1000 jobs. The demand is growing but there are only 5,310 CNAs in the Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach areas.

Center for Career Training

The Center for Career Training is a medical training facility specializing in CNA, Home Health Aide (HHA), and specialized patient care. The center’s Fast Medical Training programs award students with completion certifications after just a few weeks of training.

The CNA training curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of patient care and nursing roles. Topics discussed include an introduction to the healthcare field, foundation and development of care skills, the inner workings of body systems, common disorders and care procedures, medical terminology, clinical laboratory skills, patient assistance, specialized care, technical healthcare know how, and career skills.

Classes are divided into lecture and clinical laboratory instruction. The 95-hour course has a day, night and online class options. Day classes meet at 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday to Thursday for four weeks. Night classes also meet Monday to Thursday from 6:00 PM to 10 PM. Since the night classes only meet for a few hours, the course would be completed only after five and a half weeks. Online classes follow the same schedule as day classes. Students still need to report to the center for hands-on and laboratory classes.

High school diploma and GED aren’t required. Non-English-speakers are also accepted, especially Creole and Spanish speakers. The center has a nursing assistant review program that can help graduates prepare for the state certification examination.

The available training programs are pay as you go. There are no pre-admission fees. The center is willing to assist students with job placements in-home care, nursing homes, and even hospitals. There is a directory of hiring agencies available on the center’s website.

Contact the Center for Career Training by phone (954-731-7429) or visit their website above.

Beacon Hill Career Training

Beacon Hill Career Training was opened in 2011. Its main purpose is to provide work-ready medical training. Beacon Hill has modern training facilities including lecture rooms, laboratories, and equipment. The school also facilitates certificate examinations with their approved on-site testing facility.

Beacon Hill’s Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Exam Prep program is designed to prepare students for the state licensure exam. The program curriculum includes healthcare state laws and the 21 skills necessary for the Clinical Skills Test. The comprehensive program is taught by experienced instructors. The manuals are also up-to-date for both the theory and clinical laboratory training.

There are weekday, evening and weekend class options. Weekday classes meet Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening classes also meet Monday to Wednesday but from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend classes only meet on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekday and evening classes have a duration of two weeks while weekend classes last for four weeks.

The 25-hour program costs about $269 but students can take the program with a down payment of $135. Additional costs are not specified.

Contact the Beacon Hill Career Training by phone (954-719-6767) or email them

Atlantic Technical College

The Atlantic Technical College opened in August 1973. It is a public institution offering secondary and post-secondary programs as accredited by the School Board of Broward County and the Florida Department of Education.

Under the college’s Health Sciences occupational cluster is the articulated Nursing Assistant program. The program is geared towards basic care in different settings. Skills and topics covered in the program include anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, documentation, diseases (especially blood-borne ones), infection control, and basic literacy skills among others.

The program is about 165 hours in length and runs for one and a half months. Classes are held in the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 165 hours of the program comprised of 90 hours basic healthcare worker training and 75 hours Nurse Aide Orderly (Articulated) training.

There is a program orientation on the college’s main campus where information about necessary background checks, drug testing, and requirements will be explained.

The tuition fee is $462. Additional costs include $33 for the laboratory fee, $20 for quarterly registration, $10 for annual student activity fee, $13 for liability insurance, and $9 for accident/health insurance. The $547 total isn’t the only cost students will incur. There are still costs on uniforms, books, equipment, and other requirements.

Contact the ATC by phone (754-322-2800) or visit their website above.

One Stop Health & Training Center

The One Stop Health & Training Center offers comprehensive, short-term training programs for those who want to enter the healthcare field. The training programs prepare students for the job, especially giving effective care and functioning as a part of a healthcare team.

The center’s Nursing Assistant program is focused on the different roles and responsibilities of CNAs, especially in working with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.  Among these roles and responsibilities covered in the program are assistance in diagnostic procedures, technical treatments, charting, documentation, and direct patient care.

Specific topics discussed in the program include patient daily living assistance, vital signs monitoring, mobility skills, CPR, care & security practices, nutrition and diet, infection control, care for patients of a specific age, BLS, body systems, symptom control & disease management, and communication skills.

Classes are taught by experts and veterans in the healthcare field. Additional training programs are also taught to students at no additional cost. These short courses are on HIPPA, OSHA, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, self-medication assistance, Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, and medical errors prevention & safety.

For specific information on class availability, cost, schedule, duration, and other requirements, contact the center directly.

The center gives the assurance that upon completion of the training, graduates will be able to land an entry-level job not only in the state but across the nation.

Contact the One Stop Health & Training Center by phone (954-835-5945) or visit their website above.