Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Master the Skills and Pass the CNA Exam with Our Comprehensive CNA Exam Prep Training Course

Photo of graduates of CNA Exam Prep course in Gainesville & Ocala, FL

Classes Available In-Person & Online

In-Person - $349

Available in Gainesville & Ocala

  • Includes 15 to 20 hours of instructor-led training
  • Includes GatorCNA Prep Manual
  • Includes up to 10 additional hours of practice time in Open Labs
  • Invitation to Quarterly Hiring Fairs in Gainesville 
  • Test where you train. GatorCPR is a Prometric Testing location
  • Schedule and perform background checks on site (Gainesville Only)
  • Includes Complete access to CNA Online Materials
    • Videos of each skill, including skills quizzes for each skill
    • Vide showing a Mock CNA State Exam
    • Steps on how to register with Prometric, the proctor for the state exam
    • Mock Written Exams

Online - $199

Available anywhere in Florida!

  • Complete access (3 months) to GatorCNA OnDemand Online Course
    • Videos of each skill, including skills quizzes for each skill
    • Video showing a Mock CNA State Exam
    • Steps to register with Prometric, the proctor for the state exam
    • Mock Written Exam
  • Self-pace/Self Study (Learn on your schedule)
  • Includes GatorCNA Student Manual
  • Introductory Zoom call with an instructor to start your journey
  • Access to a CNA instructor during business hours
  • Guidance on how to schedule a Background Check
  • Additional resources (Additional Fees):
    • CNA Supply Kit (Everything you need to practice at home!) – $40
    • Helpful Flash Cards – Coming Soon
    • Open Lab: 10 hours of hands-on practice at our Gainesville & Ocala GatorCNA Locations – $100

Additional Fees

The following fees are paid to a third party vendor

State Exam proctored by Prometric: $155*
Level 2 Background Check: $85-$100*

CNA Prep in Gainesville & Ocala

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.

Why Choose GatorCNA?

Student taking her CNA exam prep class to prepare for the Florida Certified Nursing Exam

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.  

Student taking her CNA exam prep class to prepare for the Florida Certified Nursing Exam

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.

Steps to Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  1. 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
  2. Register for your prep course at
  3. Attend your scheduled GatorCNA exam prep course
  4. Come prepared to register with Prometric* (We will walk you through this process on Day One of Training)
  5. Begin Level 2 background check (Instructions provided by instructor on Day One of training)
  6. Take your state exam: both written and skills portion
  8. 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

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

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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
  • In-Person classes in Gainesville & Ocala
  • Online program available statewide

Money Back Guarantee!

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.  

Comparison Chart: In-Person vs. Online

In-Person CNA Exam Prep
Online CNA Exam Prep
Gainesville & Ocala
Anywhere in Florida
Learning Environment
In-person Classroom (15-20 hrs) Lead by an Instructor with additional practice time in Open Lab Sessions and Access to online study materials
Self-paced, Online Learning through Online Course/Modules. Introductory Call with Instructor upon Registration. Additional Practice Time in Open Labs at our Gainesville and Ocala Locations (Optional: $100 to add Open Lab)
Online Module Access
3 months from Class Date
3 months from Registration Date
Additional Practice Time
10 hours in Open Lab (Included)
10 hours in Open Lab (Add-on: $100)
Student Support
In-person Instructor guidance and Staff support during business hours via phone or email
Instructor guidance and Staff support during business hours via phone or email
Student Materials
CNA Student Manual and 24/7 access to online study materials (Included) CNA Supply Kit, Flash Cards, Mock Clinical Exam (Additional Fees Apply)
CNA Student Manual and 24/7 Access to Online Course (Included) CNA Supply Kit, Flash Cards, Mock Clinical Exam (Additional Fees Apply)
Testing Advantage
Test where you train (GatorCNA is an approved testing location in Gainesville and Ocala)
Pick Your Location
Unique Features
Test at training location, background checks on site, hiring fair invitations
Self-study, introductory Zoom call, guidance for background check scheduling, 100% support through your journey.
Money Back Guarantee
Full Refund of Training Fee ($349) if failed after 3 attempts (Testing Costs not included)
Full Refund of Training Fees ($199) if failed after 3 attempts (Testing Costs not included)

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. We also offer an online course starting at $199.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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