Nursing Assistant Program Highlights


With an aging population, the need for trained nursing assistants has never been greater. Nursing assistants play an important role as part of healthcare teams by providing direct patient care and emotional and physical support for patients. The Nursing Assistant program at Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) equips you with the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for entry-level employment in this growing career field. The program includes Florida Nursing Board-approved courses that help prepare you to take the Florida Nursing Assistant certification examination.

UMA’s Nursing Assistant diploma curriculum is practical and modern, with everyday, real-world applications. You learn about patient care techniques and study fundamental subjects such as anatomy, physiology and nutrition. You also receive instruction in CPR, HIV/AIDS and first aid.  During the last part of the program, you participate in an externship at a healthcare facility and get on-the-job training working directly with patients.

Graduates receive a diploma and are eligible to sit for the Florida Nursing Assistant certification exam.* UMA offers additional test preparation courses to help prepare you to sit for the exam. Nursing assistants must be certified to work in Florida. Upon successfully passing the exam, graduates are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).

What will I learn?

Your courses include classroom teaching and laboratory training in a variety of topics including:

  • Basic anatomical and physiological functions of the human body
  • Assisting patients with hygiene and other personal care including bathing, changing bed linens, feedings, walking and more
  • Taking patients’ vital signs including blood pressure, temperature and pulse
  • Providing encouragement to patients to promote their emotional and psychological well-being
  • Hands-on training with industry-related medical equipment
How long is the program?

Students in the UMA Nursing Assistant program can earn their diploma in seven weeks.

Where can I work?

As a graduate of UMA’s Nursing Assistant program, you may find entry-level employment in settings such as:

  • Nursing homes
  • Home health care agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Retirement communities
  • Hospices
Key courses:

Nursing Assistant

You learn about providing care and assistance to patients with tasks related to daily living under the general supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Clinical Externship

You have an opportunity to get real-world experience working in a healthcare facility under UMA faculty supervision.

Looking for more information about UMA's Florida Nursing Assistant program? Contact UMA today!

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* Additional requirements must be met.