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Nursing Assistant - Long-Term Care

Do you really want to help people in need? Experience the joy and satisfaction of helping others with activities of daily living. Work alongside other health-care professionals to follow the prescribed plan of care. Develop professional work ethics and medical skills while providing compassionate patient care. Successful completion of this program prepares the student to take the examination for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) gives direct patient care such as bathing, feeding, dressing, and assisting with mobility. The CNA must be able to communicate effectively in English, be able to see and hear adequately, and be able to engage in physically demanding work for 8-12 hours at a time.

The purpose of the Nursing Assistant-Long Term Care program is to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants/nurse aides in nursing homes, hospitals, and patients’ homes. Successful completion of this program prepares the student for employment as a nursing assistant after passing a certification exam in accordance with Florida Statutes 464.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster. It provides technical skill proficiency and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Health Science career cluster.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants, nursing aides, orderlies, nurse aides in nursing homes, or nursing assistants. The content includes, but is not limited to, interpersonal skills, medical terminology, legal and ethical responsibilities, safe and efficient work, gerontology, nutrition, pet-facilitated therapy, health and safety including Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – heart saver level, and employability skills.

The content includes, but is not limited to, safe and efficient work practices, legal and ethical responsibilities, basic patient care, care of the elderly patient, nutrition, and restorative activities.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
PRN0090 A Nurse Aide and Orderly 120

Part-time Program
January 16, 2018
Classroom hours: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday
Clinical hours will vary


120 hours
Part-time: Tuesday & Thursday
Classroom hours: 5 - 9 p.m.
Clinical hours vary

The mission of the Health Education Department at Fort Myers Technical College is to provide quality career education that will develop caring, compassionate, safe, skilled and dynamic healthcare practitioners prepared to meet the workforce demand. The faculty assesses each student’s abilities and talents thereby guiding the student toward achievement of his/her potential. Partnerships with members of the Southwest Florida healthcare community assure the success of the mission of the programs. By establishing learning situations in which the student can experience success, students achieve marketable skills, personal satisfaction, and career enhancement in healthcare.

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Medical therminology
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Safe and efficient work habits
  • Gerontology
  • Nutrition
  • Pet-facilitated therapy
  • Health and safety
  • CPR
  • Employability skills


  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Successful completion of this program prepares the student to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification required for employment as a nursing assistant in a nursing home or senior living communities.

  • Clinical rotations at long-term care facilities
  • Visit to Lighthouse of SWFL
  • Educational posters

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$9.50 - $14.00 per hour
  • Lee Health
  • Shell Point Nursing Home
  • Gulf Coast Village
  • HealthPark Care Center

   According to O'Net Online, jobs for nursing assistants are expected to grow faster than average (15% - 21%) between 2012 - 2022.

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Hope Hospice

Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Meet with an admissions specialist
  3. Take the TABE test, if applicable
  4. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  5. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  6. Provide appropriate residency documents
  7. Complete application packet 
  8. Pay application fee

Admission Requirements:  Applicants must be 17 years of age or a high school graduate or its equivalent by the first day of class and meet minimum admission criteria on the Admission Criteria Matrix for Nursing Assistant. Due to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, all students doing direct patient care must either have immunization against hepatitis B or sign a declination statement that he/she chooses not to protect himself/herself from this disease. Cost to the student will be approximately $175. A two-step skin test for TB is required prior to the clinical portion of this program. Approximate cost is $40.

All Health Science Education programs require applicants to obtain a drug screen and Level 2 background screen prior to admission. Approximate cost is $90.


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