Nursing Assistant Program

Certificate/Diploma in Nursing Assistant

Become a Nursing Assistant in Five Weeks

Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program

The Nursing Assistant program at Cambridge provides students with the education and practical training to become Nursing Assistants. Led by highly qualified staff and instructors, students can complete the program in less than two months and be ready to flourish in a nursing assistant career.

What Is a Nursing Assistant?

A Nursing Assistant works directly with patients and doctors, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Nursing assistants perform many duties, including:

  • Checking vital signs
  • Communicating with doctors and nurses
  • Helping patients bathe, eat or get dressed
  • Documenting information
  • Transporting patients
  • Caring for wounds

Why Choose Cambridge

As a student at Cambridge, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits by participating in our programs.

  • Career coaching and job placement: Our Career Services department is made up of experienced human resources and healthcare professionals who know what industry employers seek. Through our vast partner network, you’ll have access to career mentoring and job placement assistance.
  • Hands-on instruction: Our qualified instructors give you practical experience throughout the program with dynamic, interactive instruction.
  • Externship placements: During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills in action with externships in long-term care facilities and receive on-the-job training.
  • Lab experience: Our industry current lab allows you to work with current industry technology and medical equipment.


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Nursing Assistant Curriculum

Cambridge’s Nursing Assistant program provides you with the fundamental training you need to work in the healthcare field. You’ll learn how to care for patients of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings.

Nursing Assistant Courses

  • Basics of healthcare
  • Recording and capturing vital signs
  • General patient care
  • Medical record use training
  • Nursing assistant externship

Explore Our Curriculum by Campus


Atlanta Campus Curriculum
Miami Campus Curriculum
Orlando Area Campus Curriculum
Palm Beach Area Campus Curriculum


Nursing Assistant Work Environments

The majority of nursing assistants work in hospitals and long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers. Additional places you can also work in:

  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Adult daycare centers
  • Clinical facilities
  • Correctional institutions

Read Our Nursing Assistant Career Profile


What Is the Job Outlook for Nursing Assistants?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8% between 2020 and 2030. Many job openings over the decade are expected to come from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or retire.

Nursing Assistant Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average annual salary for a nursing assistant in the US is $30,290. Depending on your local job market and employer, this number could be higher or lower.


Upon graduation and successful completion of this program, you will earn your diploma/certificate. You will also be prepared to take and pass the Florida/Georgia Nursing Assistant certification examination. Once passed, you’ll become licensed as a Nursing Assistant and will be ready to begin working in a variety of healthcare facilities and private medical practices.

Program Summary
  • Diploma/certificate program
  • 5 weeks
  • 120 clock hours
  • Thorough preparation for the Florida/Georgia Nursing Assistant certification exam
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Frequently Asked Questions


What Is a Nursing Assistant?

Nursing assistants help patients of all ages with basic daily tasks, from general patient care to dressing them. They keep nurses and doctors up to speed on critical patient information and work wherever long-term care is needed.

How Do I Become a Nursing Assistant?

To become a Nursing Assistant, you’ll first need to complete an accredited program. Through Cambridge, our Nursing Assistant program takes five weeks to complete, or 120 clock hours.

After you complete your program, you’ll be prepared to take and pass the Florida/Georgia Nursing Assistant Certification examination. If you pass, you’ll become a licensed CNA, ready to work in a variety of facilities.

What Certifications Will I Need?

Certified Nursing Assistants must complete a state-approved program before entering the workforce, such as the Nursing Assistant program at Cambridge. The requirements for these programs vary from state to state, but most involve classroom learning, hands-on training, and on-the-job training.

Candidates must also take and pass a state exam. Once a candidate has passed the exam they are certified nursing assistants, and placed on a state registry of CNAs and can begin seeking employment.

Certain states maintain additional requirements, including a background check, continuing education credits and ongoing training throughout a CNA’s career.

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