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Program Overview

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The Nursing Assistant (Articulated) certificate program prepares the student with the knowledge, competencies, and requisites to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a variety of acute and long-term healthcare facilities. The program is composed of two (2) courses designed to provide rigor and challenging academic standards that will prepare students for employability. 

The program is a combination of classroom instruction (didactic and skills/simulation laboratory) and clinical practice in long-term and other healthcare facilities. 

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)

Testing Entrance Requirements

  • College entrance requirements
  • Level II Background and 10 panel Drug/Alcohol Screen


The two courses are a combination of classroom, lab and clinical instruction, scheduled over a 16-week period. This occupational program is offered during the fall and spring semester.* Clinicals are required for this program. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings or weekends.


  • Tuition for vocational credits (at $84.89 per credit hour):
    • $466.90
  • Text Books (not including tax):
    • $329.84
  • Additional Fees:
  • Includes Liability Insurance, Background Screen, Drug & Alcohol Screen, Course/Lab Fees, Physical, Health Insurance, Uniform and Clinical supplies
  • Total: $1509.24 (estimated)

Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The average CNA salary in Florida is $29,840. CNA’s earn an average hourly wage of $14.35. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors including additional skills and the number of years spent in your profession.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates that are successful on their certification exam after program completion, can work as a Certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a variety of acute and long-term healthcare facilities

Gainful Employment Information

Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow eight (8) percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
  • Haven Hospice
  • Frank Wells Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Solaris Health Center
  • Baya Point Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Ayers Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Tri- County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Lake City
  • Mayo Clinic
  • North East Florida State Hospital
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Suwannee Healthcare Center
  • Lake Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program a student must:

Complete a Florida Gateway College application.

Complete the Nursing Assistant (Articulated) supplemental application and return it to Nursing and Health Sciences, Building 103 on the FGC main campus.

Prior to starting Nursing Assistant Program:

  1. Prospective students who have completed the steps above will be required to complete the clinical eligibility requirements listed in the Nursing Assistant (Articulated) application booklet.
  2. To meet clinical agency requirements for clinical experience, all students in the Nursing and Health Sciences Programs must meet state and federal regulations as described by Florida Statutes S. 400.211. A Level II background check and drug/alcohol screening are required. Further instructions regarding the background and 10 panel drug/alcohol screen are provided on the first day of the course. Please note that random screening may be required while in the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screening done for admission and randomly during the program.
  3. Additional costs are required when admitted to this program, including costs of uniforms, clinic shoes, liability insurance, health insurance, medical exam, standardized testing, graduation costs, immunizations, Level II background check and 10 panel drug/alcohol screening, books, and licensing fees. 
Program Notes

Courses offered fall and spring term each year

Low student to faculty ratio

Hands on learning environment

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to sit for the State of Florida’s certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Program Guide & Syllabi

First Semester: 600 clock hours, 20 occupational credits

HSC 0003 Basic Healthcare Worker – 90 contact hours.

HCP 0121 Nursing Aide and Orderly – 75 contact hours

HSC 0003 BASIC HEALTHCARE WORKER – An introductory course to health occupations and the health care delivery system. This course meets the Department of Education requirement of 90 contact hours. Overview of the following principles are included: interpersonal and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, wellness and illness concepts, safety and security procedures, response in emergency situations, infection control procedures, computer literacy skills, employability skills and blood borne disease precautions including AIDS, CPR certification.

HCP 0121 Nursing Aide and Orderly – This course is the second of two courses needed to complete the Nursing Assistant (Articulated)program. Topics covered in this course include a continuation of topics covered in the health career CORE course and in addition, students will learn how to perform safe, compassionate, and effective basic nursing skills to patients/residents with special focus on the elderly. Students will also learn to practice basic nursing skills within the framework of legal and ethical principles and responsibilities. This course prepares students to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification. Once certified, graduates can work in acute-care settings, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, and in community agencies such as home health. Along with didactic, skills/simulation laboratory and clinical experience are components of this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide basic nursing care to the patient/residents that is respectful and based on individual needs, preferences, and values, inclusive of family (Patient/Resident-Centered Care).
  • Demonstrate caring and empathy for and understanding of patient/resident and family situation (Compassion).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety principles when providing basic nursing care to patients/residents (Safety).
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and report potential and actual problems when providing basic nursing care to patients/residents (Critical-Thinking).
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate (verbally and non-verbally) respectfully and clearly with patients/residents, family, and healthcare team members (Communication).
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with other healthcare team members to provide safe and effective care to patients/residents (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of basic nursing care information and skills to provide safe and effective care to patients/residents (Knowledge).
  • Demonstrate proper use of various technology to provide safe, effective, and efficient basic nursing care to patients/residents (Technology).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of state laws that govern CNA practice and show honesty, respect, and loyalty to self and others (Legal/Ethical).
  • Demonstrate readiness to enter the workforce by being competent in basic nursing skills and other behavioral skills such as reliability, commitment, accountability and responsibility (Employable).

Booklist will be provided for students, after being formally accepted into the program.