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certified nursing assistant

CNA prep class

GatorCNA prepares students to pass the Florida's Board of Nursing assistant state exam. This course prepares students to challenge the nursing assistant competency exam in Florida. This fast paced course provides the student an opportunity to review essential materials and practice necessary patient care skills. Students will also complete practice written exams. Once a student has completed this course they will have the option to apply for and challenge the exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. 

Gainesville & Ocala

Steps to become a CNA

Why choose Gatorcna

GatorCNA is dedicated to our students passing the Florida State Nursing Assistant exam.  This prep class is a fast-paced prep class designed to train people to take the state certification exam. We do not train students to be CNAs, but to pass the state exam. All students get individual attention. We focus on the skills and written parts of the state exam. We offer additional training opportunities should you want to practice skills before your scheduled test date. We are here to help.  

challenging state exam

No previous experience is required to take the state exam. You are allowed to challenge the state exam without ever stepping into a classroom.  CNA Prep Course at GatorCNA is designed to tutor students who believe that they can pass the exam without traditional training. If you fail one portion of the test three times within a two-year period, you will have to do a state-approved training program that is at least 120 hours long. You will then need to take both the written and clinical tests again.

a schedule for everyone

GatorCNA has a prep class for any schedule. Here is our regularly scheduled classes:


  • Day Timers: Monday - Wednesday 

  • Weekend Warrior: One weekend (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday)

  • Night Owl: 4 weekday evenings over one week

  • Gainesville & Ocala

money back 


GatorCNA will refund 100% your CNA prep course fee, if after three times, you do not pass the state exam. We are confident with our tutoring and CNA review modules, that you will pass the state exam. All attempts to pass the state exam must be within one year of taking your first CNA prep course with GatorCNA. Contact us for more details about our 100% money back guarantee.  

Steps to becoming a

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Confirm you meet one of the following requirements of becoming a CNA

  •          1.) Must be 18 years old or, 2.) Have a high school diploma and GED 3.) Pass a level 2 background check 

  • Register for your prep course at

  • Attend your scheduled GatorCNA exam prep course

  • Come prepared to register with Prometric* (We will walk you through this process on Day One of Training)

  • Begin Level 2 background check (Instructions provided by instructor on Day One of training)

  • Take your state exam: both written and skills portion


  • Once you have passed both parts Florida Board of Nursing will send certificate and add you to CNA registry


*Prometrics will issue a testing date after your Level 2 background check has been received and approved




Includes Student Manual, 20 to 25 hour Instructor-Led CNA Prep Course and unlimited practice in our CNA lab.  

Gainesville & OCala

total cost

GatorCNA's Prep Class:   $349  
State Exam proctored by Prometric:   $155*
Level 2 Background Check:     $85*
Total Cost:   $589  
* This fee is paid to a third party vendor


asked questions

1. What is the difference between the two prices offered for the class?

We offer two price options for the GatorCNA program. The $389 price includes Basic Life Support CPR. This is the correct CPR that someone would need to begin working in the medical field. If you are already CPR certified, then the $349 is the option that someone would want to select.


2. How often are the classes offered and how long do they last?

We offer three classes a week to try and give a variety of options for our students and their busy schedules. The class is only 2-4 days long, over the course of one week. This course is not multiple weeks long.


3. Does this meet the requirements for a 120-hour program?

No, this class is only a preparation course to assist you with passing the CNA state exam.


4. What is included in the cost of the class?

The student will receive a workbook that is their's to keep. The will receive a full breakdown, with hands on practice, of the 22 clinical skills, as well as a nursing information lecture that will help you to pass the written portion of the state test. The lecture will also give you a basic understanding of the medical field and what a CNA can expect in a real life situation. You are also allowed to attend as many additional classes as you wish prior to your test date. Once you have received your test date, for an additional cost, you can set up a one hour private session, which includes a mock clinical test with review.


5. How do I sign up and pay?

You can visit our website, which includes a full list of our available classes. You may register online, or you may come by the office during the week, and one of our staff would be happy to help you. You may pay a deposit or in full online, via a credit or debit card. You may also come in and pay with cash. We do not except personal checks. We also offer a finance option through Paypal. There is a link located on our website that will redirect you to the application page.


asked questions

6. Does everything need to be paid in full or do you take payments?

The entire cost of the class needs to be paid in full on or before your first day.


7. Do I need to register for the test and the Level II background check before class?

No, you do not need to resister for the test, or the background before class. We will assist you with this during the class, in case you have any specific question. 


8. How long does it take to get a test date?

Average amount of time is 30 days, from the time your state application and fingerprints are submitted for processing. You will receive any contact about your testing status via email.


9. Do your students get hired with just the knowledge they get from a prep class?

YES!!! Our students are students, most on the Pre-Med, Pre-PA, or Pre-Nursing tracks at the University of Florida, so they require contact hours. Both of the area hospitals, have said positive things about GatorCNA students and how well they are prepared for the real world with their training. We also work with a variety of Home Health Agencies, and Assisted Living Facility that are eager to hire you.


10. How much is the state test and background check?

The state test is $155 and needs to be paid for when you register. The background check is approximately $80 and is paid when you go in to do the fingerprint portion.


11. Do I test at your facility?

Yes. GatorCPR is contracted with Prometric, the proctor for the CNA state exam, to host the test here at our location in both Gainesville and Ocala. You also have the option of selecting a different testing center in other parts of the state.

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Tel:  (352) 727-4733


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GatorCNA - Gainesville

1029 NW 23rd Ave.

Gainesville FL 32609

GatorCNA - Ocala

233 NE 58th Ave

Ocala FL 34470

Hours vary so please call first




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