Nursing Assistant


What is a Nursing Assistant?

Healthcare Management DegreeA Nursing Assistant (NA) is an allied health professional that helps doctors and nurses with the day-to-day needs of patients. Working in nursing homes, hospitals and in many other healthcare settings, NAs assist patients with activities of daily living ­– taking vital signs, assisting with mobility, and helping with dressing and feeding. Because of the nature of their work, NAs may develop strong bonds with their patients and make a difference in their lives.

How can I become a NA?

Take the nursing assistant course at either UMA's Tampa or Clearwater campus. Thanks to a combination of in-classroom and laboratory learning, you’ll be eligible to sit for the national Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam in as few as eight weeks*, and begin your job search!

How will I find time for school?

There are many nursing assistant schools in Florida, but UMA offers NA courses in Tampa or Clearwater – and the closer you are to home, the easier it will be to manage school, work and life. As a UMA student, you’ll also have access to SOAR, a resource that helps with personal or family issues, childcare providers, your well-being – even legal matters.

What will I learn in nursing assistant school?

Picture yourself taking vital signs, helping someone walk or offering pet-assisted therapy, all while safely caring for your patients. UMA’s NA courses in Tampa or Clearwater teach these on-the-job skills and more. You’ll even go through an externship in an actual healthcare facility.

Students are eligible to take the State Certification examination for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Course topics include anatomy and physiology, documentation, communication and interpersonal skills, medical terminology, employability skills, gerontology and family issues, legal and ethical issues, nutrition and hydration, safety and efficiency in patient care, restorative therapy and pet-facilitated therapy. The program also includes training in CPR and first aid.

Course List and Program Information

Required Courses:
Nursing Assistant 5 Credits
Clinical Externship 1 Credit
Total 6 Credits

*This program includes an externship.
8 weeks*

*These program lengths are based upon average completion times. Your individual completion time may vary. Click to read more about student success.
Average Annual Salary for Nursing Assistants:*

How long will the NA program take?

In as few as eight weeks*, you can finish your NA courses in Tampa or Clearwater, graduate with your diploma and be eligible to sit for the CNA exam.

How can I afford to pay for the tuition?

UMA’s tuition and registration fees are comparable to other nursing assistant schools in Florida. Need help figuring out how to pay for your education? Talk with one of our Student Finance Advisors.

What happens after I graduate?

Finishing your NA courses at Ultimate Medical Academy means being eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam, a test that many NAs choose to take.

Nervous about taking tests? Don’t worry! UMA offers exam preparation assistance, so you can go in feeling confident and self-assured.

How will I find a job?

Along with hands-on learning and test preparation, you can count on UMA’s help during your job search, too. One of the many ways UMA stands out over other nursing assistant schools in Florida is a commitment to your career. Whether you’re looking for your first job or your tenth, Career Services is happy to coach you on résumés and interviewing.


Fact Box

Nursing assistants can expect 20% job growth from 2010–2020.


Want to train for a new profession in as few as eight weeks?* Call 888-205-2510 and schedule a tour with an admissions advisor in Tampa or Clearwater.

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*Individual completion times may vary.