Health Assisting (CNA)

If you have a passion for helping people and an interest in problem solving, you are a good candidate for the fast-growing healthcare industry. Whether you are one-on-one with patients or working behind the scenes, healthcare is one of the most in-demand fields with plenty of jobs and opportunities.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Home Health Care Aide $10.48
Health Care Support Worker $14.01
Medical Assistant $14.24
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Pharmacy Technician $16.41
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Registered Nurse $26.81
Medical and Health Services Manager $40.76
Pharmacist $51.89

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Health Assisting (CNA) Marianna High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Emergency Medical Technician Chipola College
Hemodialysis Florida Panhandle Technical College
Nursing Assistant (Long-Term Care) Chipola College
Nursing RN Chipola College
Paramedic Chipola College
Patient Care Technician Florida Panhandle Technical College
Pharmacy Technician Florida Panhandle Technical College
Practical Nursing Florida Panhandle Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Business/Management Health Sciences Gulf Coast State College
College of Health University of West Florida
Health Sciences Gulf Coast State College
Nursing Chipola College

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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