Firstly, the LAW has NOT CHANGED .... not yet.
If Gov Scott decides to make this part of his agenda there will need to be NEW LAWS WRTTEN and APPROVED before a change can be made.
The FASTED would be effective July 2013 ... Not Jan 2013.
For the past 3 years has tried to make this change... but they need the LAWS to be changed in order for it to become effective and a Governor who wishes to make it a NEW LAW. This is NOT DONE YET!
Their concern is people would simply WATCH a YOUTUBE Vidio, which most have incorrect instruction, and then go test. They want CNA's to have Hands On Classroom training.... not watching a youtube video.
One problem, the FBON has no research that shows any difference in the PRACTICE of a CNA who takes the longer 120 hour State Course VS those who do other training or simply challenge the test.
Seems to me, that would be the FIRST STEP.... get some stats on WHY the 120 is better..... so they can prove their case.
Right now, with such a LOW PASS RATE within the 120 Hour State Sponsored Classes they have a big problem PROVING this change would be good. The Exam Preps around the state ALL have higher pass rates.... and it is a FACT... that even the Schools
that OFFER the 120 hour class... PREFER to do the Exam Prep and only teach the 120 hour class to those who have FAILED 3 times.... This is a problem I belive for the FBON.
The current laws allows anyone who can pass the FBI BG Check to TEST.... and only if they FAIL 3 TIMES are they REQUIRED to take the 120 hour state course.
The biggest issues is... the passing rate at State Schools is only 60% where there is an average pass rate of 90+ for those who just take an exam prep. The State Rates are PUBLISHED at the FBON web site.. and it is very low.
With a 60% pass rate... and HIGHER COST for that course.... ($1,000.00 and up) I simply do not see HOW they can JUSTIFY the change.... given a very bad economy... WHY NOW..... they know students will be effected by the HIGHER COURSE FEES.... and to what advantage. No PROOF of a better pass rate!
Also, there is already a 38 to 40% shortage in Health Care / CNA's.... if this law was approved it would take longer to become a CNA and the cost would go up to over $1,000.00 up.
In addition.... right now.. CNA's require an 8th grade level of education.... if this law is approved... they will need to know College Algebra and other college level classes to pass.
There are many issues here.... these are just a few. I am sure it will be well discussed and many print articles before this happens. It can not happen just over night. LAWS take time to write and implement and be approved by the different branches of the govt.