Image of a nursing assistant providing care to a patient.
Image of a nursing assistant providing care to a patient.

Nursing Assistant Training in Clearwater, FL

Work alongside a nurse to provide essential patient care.

Nursing Assistant Training in Clearwater, FL

Work alongside a nurse to provide essential patient care.

Earn your diploma on campus in 2 months.1

Study to become a nursing assistant at Ultimate Medical Academy and you could start your career providing essential care to patients in as little as two months. If you’ve ever wanted to work with patients to help meet their needs, both large and small, then UMA’s nursing assistant program could be perfect for you. Best of all, you get hands-on training and classes to prepare for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

What is a nursing assistant?

Nursing assistants, also referred to as nursing aides, help provide compassionate care for patients. These patients can be in hospitals or long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, home health agencies, or hospices. Regardless of what the patient needs, nursing assistants are there to help them in matters both large and small. Their duties range from helping patients clean and dress to taking vital signs and providing comfort and companionship. They also assist in documenting medical information and play a pivotal role in patient communication.

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Nursing Assistant Career Training

During this program, you’ll receive real-world, hands-on training, personalized attention from instructors, classroom labs, and more. UMA’s Nursing Assistant program includes a 45-hour unpaid externship under supervision in a healthcare facility. It’s a great way to learn the practical skills necessary for a career as a nursing assistant.

Our Nursing Assistant program also provides preparation for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam which is required to work in this field. Graduates must meet eligibility requirements to sit for the exam. A CNA license issued by the state of Florida is required for employment (other requirements may apply). Obtaining a license is done by successfully completing the examination offered through Prometric.

Typical Courses

UMA’s nursing assistant diploma program offers the hands-on experience of a campus environment, with labs designed to meet your needs. Ultimately, our courses are designed to prepare you with the skills necessary to perform tasks in the field.

Diploma Program

Credits: 6.0 Approx. time to complete: 2 months1

  • Nursing Assistant 5.0 credits
  • Clinical Externship 1.0 credits

Note: The Nursing Assistant program is not eligible for Federal Student Aid.

Work Environments

Nursing assistants often work in hospitals or healthcare facilities such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospices
  • Assisted living facilities

Why choose UMA?

When you pursue a Nursing Assistant diploma from Ultimate Medical Academy:

  • You’ll gain a strong foundation for pursuing your new career.
  • You’ll have UMA staff dedicated to your success.
  • You’ll have a career services team committed to getting you interview ready so you can jumpstart your search for a career.
  • You’ll receive hands-on training to gain practical experience with healthcare equipment and patient care.

At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support teams can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.

Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the UMA online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.

In their words…


  • Where can I find UMA nursing assistant training in the Tampa Bay area?

    Ultimate Medical Academy offers nursing assistant training at our campus in downtown Clearwater, located at 1255 Cleveland St.. Contact us now to schedule a tour.

  • What should I look for in top schools for nursing assistant training?

    Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer nursing assistant programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one academic support. Top schools that offer nursing assistant training should also provide career services such as job search assistance.

  • Does UMA offer a nursing program?

    UMA does not currently offer a Nursing program, but we do have a Nursing Assistant program at our Clearwater Campus, along with other allied healthcare programs.

  • Does UMA offer any other programs that are similar to nursing assistant?

    If you’re interested in patient interaction and helping to provide healthcare services, there are three other UMA programs you might consider: Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Assistant. Contact UMA and we can help you decide which program may be the best fit for you.

  • Is there a difference between nursing assistant schools?

    Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer nursing assistant programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition. UMA is a school that offers a nursing assistant training program which includes one-on-one academic support, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing your resume, job interview coaching, and job search assistance.

  • How much does a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) make?

    Entry-level positions for this career field typically start in the lower range of estimated salaries, with the lowest 10 percent being $23,880 or less annually. UMA’s NA program prepares graduates for such entry-level positions and its median graduate salaries generally tend to be in the lower part of this range, based on self-reported data from graduates shortly after graduation.

    The median annual salary for all those in this career field (not just UMA graduates) is $30,310. The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $44,240. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

    Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

  • Is UMA Accredited?

    Ultimate Medical Academy is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (, a national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Though UMA is not your traditional 4-year university or local community college, we offer online diplomas and degrees in 11 healthcare programs, some of which offer on-site externships and certification preparation — all intended to put you in a position to pursue a healthcare career after graduation.

  • Where can I find more info about being a nursing assistant?

    We invite you to visit our blog, In Healthcare Today, where you can find a variety of articles: