In Florida, there are two different types of testing centers: regional and in-facility. Regional testing centers are usually attached to established schools and staffed by Prometric, the testing company. They generally test candidates 7 days a week (only closing for major holidays) and usually test 8 students per day (on average), depending on the size of the testing center and the testing demand in the area. This is where most candidates go to test, especially if they are challenging the exam (please see our related article on challengers). There are several regional testing centers in Florida. You may find a list of Florida testing centers on Prometric’s website or by clicking here. It is often helpful to become familiar with the testing centers in your geographic area so that you can help guide your students to the nearest center. You may be able to contact the nearest regional testing center and ask to arrange a tour so that you can answer specific questions about their specific setup, location and amenities.
In-facility testing is used by schools who wish to have all of their students tested together at the school, at the same time. Only students who have graduated from an approved program at that school can test in-facility. These tests are conducted infrequently (usually only once or twice a year) and there must be enough qualified testing candidates. The facility must provide a clinical testing space that meets the same criteria as a regional testing site (including beds, privacy curtains, bathroom access and other necessary equipment and supplies to evaluate competency).
If your facility wishes to test students in-house, you will need to contact Prometric and request a facility evaluation by an area supervisor. Prometric’s contact information is located below:
FL Nurse Aide
7941 Corporate Dr.
Nottingham, MD 21236
The requirements for a clinical skills testing room can be found here. If you wish to apply for in-facility testing, please allow at least 2 months for the site review and approval process. This time-frame may be even longer in the spring, when many schools are graduating students and demand increases.
It is important to have a thorough understanding of the types of testing facilities that your students will be using and be able to answer their questions regarding the testing process, to help ease student anxiety. Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions you may have!