How to Become a Patient Care Technician in Florida

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You can become a Florida patient care technician in less than a year.
You can become a Florida patient care technician in less than a year. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A patient care technician, also known as a certified nursing assistant, or CNA, is an integral part of any health-care system. A patient care technician assists nurses and doctors to care for patients in a hospital, home, office or assisted living facility. With Florida's high concentration of elderly residents, obtaining a patient care technician license may open the door to numerous job opportunities that provide an above-average hourly wage, room for advancement and job security.

Complete the requirements for a high school diploma or a general education diploma (GED). While you may be qualified to enter a patient care technician training program without your high school diploma or GED, most employers will require you to have one.

Enroll in a patient care technician or certified nursing technician certification program. The required certification program can be completed at a number of technical and community colleges throughout Florida. A complete list of accredited programs can be found on the Florida Department of Health website.

Pass the required Prometric CNA Examination. The examination contains two parts -- a written and a performance skills section. Information on how to register for the examination can be found on the Prometrics website.

Complete the certified nursing assistant application found on the Florida Department of Health website.

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