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About STI

Southern Technical Institute (STI) is an entry-level career education school dedicated to providing students with the best possible medical career training and education in a student-centered environment. The school combines traditional and innovative teaching techniques in the areas of health sciences. Delivered in a dynamic and professional environment, the curricula are designed to deliver intensive, hands-on training in core technical areas in combination with communication skills, interpersonal skills, and a broad-based general education. STI has been helping students in Florida to prepare for their future careers for more than 10 years through its current and previous locations. Southern Technical Institute was formerly known as Florida Medical Prep, founded in 2003, to offer certified nursing assistant (CNA) examination preparation in Largo, Florida. Over the years, the school has expanded to offer instruction in First-Aid, CPR certifications, and Med Tech courses, and now diploma programs in related health fields. In 2009 the school began offering diploma programs licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. In 2013, Florida Medical Prep was purchased by Southern Technical Institute.

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In 2008 Southern Technical Institute began offering American Heart Association CPR courses and Florida Assistance with Self Administered Medication certification courses. The following year, 2009, Southern Technical Institute applied and was approved by the Department of Education to expand its healthcare provider education to include diploma programs in Phlebotomy Technician, Patient Care Technician, and Home Health Aide  In 2010, Southern Technical Institute added EKG Technician Test Prep training courses and also became an approved National Healthcareer Association Exam site. In 2013, Southern Technical Institute was approved as a CE Broker through Florida Board of Nursing and launched a variety of CEU courses to offer to healthcare professionals. All CEU certification courses are electronically reported to the Florida Board of Nursing to ensure CEU credit when renewing your healthcare license renewal.


AHCA guidelines require that all Florida Home Health Aides (HHA) must complete an HIV/AIDS healthcare training course every 12 months. HHA’s are also required to maintain a current certificate in CPR. Home health aides employed by Medicare and Medicaid home health agencies are required to have a total of 12 hours of in-service training CEUs during a 12-month period. The HIV/AIDS training and CPR training may be counted toward meeting the 12 hour requirement of CEU training. Southern Technical Institute offers online and in-class healthcare training CEUs that are approved through such agencies as CE-Broker, Florida Board of Nursing, and Florida Department of Elder Affairs. We offer a variety of in-service CEU training courses that include topics such as HIV/AIDS, Med Tech, Alzheimer’s, Prevention of Medical Errors, and Domestic Violence, plus many more.



It can be confusing what a “Monitor Technician” is because hospitals will also use the job titles Telemetry Technician, Cardiac Monitor Technician, EKG Monitor Tech, 12-Lead EKG Tech and more. An electrocardiogram or EKG records electrical impulses of the heart to assess its health. Cardiac telemetry monitor technicians prepare patients for EKGs by attaching electrodes to patients’ arms, legs and chests. They then operate EKG machines while monitoring, interpreting and documenting patients’ results. Cardiac telemetry monitor technicians also maintain EKG machines and troubleshoot technical problems. With additional training, cardiac telemetry monitor technicians may perform advanced procedures, such as stress tests or Holter monitoring.

EKG Monitor technicians are generally employed in hospitals, but others find employment in physicians’ offices and facilities that perform diagnostic testing alongside doctors, nurses, and other diagnostic technicians.


Southern Technical Institute CEU Package for Healthcare Providers meets all the in-service training requirements to renew your Florida CNA license. Florida Board of Nursing requires that all CNAs must complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education units (CEU) each biennium. In-service training hours shall include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Control
  • Domestic Violence
  • Medical Record Documentation and Legal Aspects Appropriate to Nursing Assistants
  • Resident Rights
  • Communication with cognitively impaired clients
  • CPR skills
  • Medical Error Prevention and Safety

In order to renew the CNA license at the end of the two-year renewal cycle, CNAs are required to perform nursing-related services for monetary compensation within the last 24 consecutive months in order to remain on the registry.

For additional information regarding Florida Certified Nurse Assistant license renewals, visit Florida Board of Nursing at http://floridasnursing.gov/renewals/certified-nursing-assistant/