Career Certificate (Clock Hour program)
This is a Selective Access program.
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This program is designed to prepare students for certification as nursing assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. Nursing assistants are educationally trained to provide patient care services under the supervision of physicians and nurses in hospitals and nursing home and home health settings. The program is aligned with the recommended core competencies established by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing. The program facilitates both didactic theory and clinical educational experiences and emphasizes continued education in the healthcare industry.
The program includes 40 hours of clinical experience in hospitals, nursing homes, and sub-acute/long-term care facilities.
Articulated Nursing Assisting is a growing profession with an array of career opportunities in various healthcare settings such as general medical and surgical hospitals, home health care services, other hospitals, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, and long-term/acute care facilities.
Numerous job openings and excellent job opportunities are expected. According to FREIDA, overall employment of nursing and psychiatric aides is projected to grow 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary for individual occupations. Employment for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will grow 19 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, predominantly in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population.
To enhance job opportunities, it is recommended that program completers take the Florida Board of Nursing Certification exam to become credentialed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Graduates can register for the exam online at floridasnursing.gov.
Admission to this program is selective and is based on academic performance and other criteria.
It is recommended that students have a conference with the program advisor prior to applying to the program. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Practical Nursing program, students must:
- Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Complete a Nursing Assistant (Articulated) program application.
- Successful completion of the background and drug screening process upon acceptance into the program.
- A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program.
Note: Verification of positive titers showing immunity to childhood diseases will be required upon acceptance into the program.
- Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores.
- Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) course for Health Care Providers, that includes hands-on simulated experiences. Find AMA-approved courses at bit.ly/AMA-cpr.
- Submit one of the following:
- An official (unopened) high school completion transcript (no diplomas); or
- An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
- College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).
- Provide HESI Admission Assessment (A2) scores. Only scores of 75% or better will be considered for admission.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Career Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.) program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:
Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.
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