Nursing assistants enjoy rewarding careers under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They are trained to identify and meet basic patient care needs for the safety, comfort and daily activities of patients―including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming and transporting them.
Once You Complete the Program
Graduates seek employment in a hospital, nursing home, physician's office, clinic, long-term care facility or private home.
Nursing Assistant program graduates may sit for the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) Exam.
The Nursing Assistant program is a selective admission program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Nursing Assistant Application Book.
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Licensure and Certification Eligibility
Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida. Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. If your future plans include achieving licensure or certification, you should know that requirements vary by state.
After completion of the Nursing Assistant program, you are eligible to apply for practical and didactic exams through Prometric and the Florida State Board of Nursing to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state of Florida. Indian River State College cannot confirm that completion of this program meets the requirement for certification in any other state. If you wish to become a CNA in another state, please contact the board of nursing in the state to determine whether this certificate program will meet their requirements.
Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:
- 02/18/2021 - ONLINE: Nursing/LPN/RN/NA Information Session
- 04/15/2021 - ONLINE: Nursing/LPN/RN/NA Information Session
- 05/20/2021 - ONLINE: Nursing/LPN/RN/NA Information Session
- 06/17/2021 - ONLINE: Nursing/LPN/RN/NA Information Session
Applying to the Nursing Assistant Program
Need help with your Health Science application? Call 772-462-7036, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Students are accepted into the IRSC Nursing Assistant program each semester. View the Nursing Assistant course schedule.
Google Chrome is the preferred web browser to use when completing your applications.
- Current/returning students: Log into MyPioneerPortal with your IRSC RiverMail address and your password. Login to confirm that your IRSC admissions (transcripts, residency, New Student orientation and holds) are completed prior to the application deadline date.
- New students: complete the IRSC Online Application for Admission.
- On the Admission Application Instructions webpage, click on the blue SIGN IN button.
- If you have not submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to
present), you will need to select Create Account at the bottom of the Sign In box.
- You will need to check your email for the address provided to verify the account before signing in. Please check both the junk/spam and inbox folders for this email. The email will be from IRSC Workday.
- Once you have clicked on the link or copied and pasted it in a new web browser, sign in to the Health Science Application Portal.
- If you have submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), sign in using the email address provided when you created the account (this will NOT be your RiverMail or Pioneer Portal sign in).
- On the Admissions Application Instruction webpage, select Nursing Career Training Application.
- Click on the blue Apply Now.
- Once you complete all of the questions, select Pay Now in blue to submit the $30 application fee.
- A new screen will open to enter you payment information. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT.
Go back to the application screen (in a different tab/window) and click the blue NEXT button. Check the box next to the acknowledgement and click on the blue SUBMIT button.
To complete an in-progress application, return to the Health Sciences (Nursing) Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of Not Submitted. Click on the link to complete it.
To review your application status, return to the Health Sciences (Nursing) Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your submitted application under Your Applications – click on it to see actions required.
Additional Program Information
This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Learn more.
Academic Plan/Guided Pathway for Nursing Assistant
To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title. For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.
Students enrolled in the Nursing Assistant Career Training programs build increasingly sophisticated skills in 165-hour modules.