Certification by Examination
The list of approved CNA training programs can be found here.
The list of approved LPN and RN prelicensure nursing programs in Florida, as well as their current status such as Approved, Accredited, or Probation can be found here. You can search and compare by county, program name, or degree offered.
The status of a closed or terminated program may be verified via the Department of Health’s License Verification website here (you will enter the program name in the “Business Name” field).
Please note: the information available will be limited. Interested parties may email the Florida Board of Nursing at MQA.Nursing@flhealth.gov for additional information including closure and termination dates.
If you have completed a Florida approved CNA program within 6 months of your exam application, then you are only required to take the written component.
CNA applicants may “challenge” the exam. Completion of a state approved CNA training program is not required unless the applicant has failed part of the exam three times.
You must pass both the written and the performance exam offered by the testing vendor, Prometric, to be certified as a nursing assistant in the state of Florida. The only exception to this is for approved Endorsement candidates.
Examination results are valid for two years. So, if you pass one part of the exam, you must pass the second part within two years or you will have to repeat both parts of the exam to be certified.
Yes, you must pass both parts of the examination within two years to be certified in Florida.
You must complete a Board approved CNA training program (full 120 hour program) and retake both parts of the exam. You can find a list of approved training programs at https://floridasnursing.gov/education-and-training-programs/.
If I completed the first half of my Nurse Aide Test in another state, can I come to Florida and complete the second half?
No, the exams are not the same from state to state.
CNA Applicant – EDOH0380Z
LPN/RN Applicant – EDOH4420Z
APRN Applicant – EDOH4420Z
LPN/RN Multi-State Upgrade Applicant – EDOH4420Z