Nursing assistants work under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN) to assist patients with personal care, mobility, nutrition, hydration, maintaining a safe environment, and collecting basic patient data. They are employed by outpatient clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn 90 hours of Introduction to Health Care and 75 hours of Nursing Assistant, thus acquiring the technical and academic knowledge needed for taking the state certification exam, employability, and for further education advancement in health science careers.

Funding Opportunities: Scholarships are available for the Nursing Assistant program. You may be eligible if you are unemployed or underemployed, a resident of the Heartland and meet U.S Citizenship requirements, or hold a current permanent resident alien card (other restrictions apply). Please contact JoAnn Pacheco at CareerSource at 863-385-3672 ext. 1331. The address for CareerSource Heartland is 5901 US Hwy 27 South, Suite 1, Sebring, FL 33870 or you can find CareerSource on the Highlands Campus Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Library (Building Y). 

Other funding sources to consider at South Florida State College:
Unemployed or underemployed AND under the age of 24? Contact SFSC’s Panther Youth Partners program for possible scholarship opportunities: Highlands County: 863-784-7155; Hardee/DeSoto: 863-784-7065; 863-784-7365; Okeechobee: 863-824-6032

Have you or someone in your household worked in agriculture during the past two years? Agricultural workers and their families who qualify may receive assistance with tuition, textbooks, transportation, supplies, career research and preparation, a bi-weekly stipend for attending training, and much more. To find out more, contact: Highlands County at 863-784-7386 or 863-784-7166; DeSoto County at 863-784-7043; Hardee County at 863-784-7155.

To enroll in the Nursing Assistant program, follow the handy checklist below, as we get eight students to complete and return the forms, SFSC will schedule the next course and provide you with dates and logistics. The course will be Monday and Friday evenings and all day Sunday for approximately 12 weeks. Our goal is to conduct a course each semester. SFSC is able to notarize your forms, simply bring an identification card or driver’s license. Simply click on each form below. 

Nursing Assistant Candidate Checklist Student Essential Technical Standards Student Health History  Student FERPA Release
Handy Checklist to stay on track Form A: To be completed by the medical provider Form B: To be completed by the student Form C: To be completed by the student
Physical Examination Student
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Form D: To be completed by the medical provider Form E: To be completed by the medical provider