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Total Credit Hours165 CT / 5.5V
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850.769.1551 ext. 5522

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Certified Nursing Assistant, V.C.

Take the Next Step Toward Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant

CNA Application/Information Packet

This certificate program is designed to provide the education and skill level necessary to qualify for the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam. You may take the two courses for this training (165 clock hours) at the Gulf Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe, Florida.

The Certified Nursing Assistant program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program. Admission to Gulf Coast State College does not imply acceptance into the Certified Nursing Assistant program.

The Gulf/Franklin Campus offers a Hybrid CNA program with start dates each semester. This hybrid option will take approximately 8 weeks to complete. You are expected to attend two class sessions each week for lecture and laboratory/clinical skills.

The certified nursing assistant student is prepared to give patient care under the supervision of a licensed nurse or physician. The student will be exposed to skills and have knowledge necessary to give safe and effective care to patients in a variety of settings. 

After completion of the CNA program, students have the option to apply for the Practical Nursing program and will receive additional admission points for obtaining the CNA license.

Nurse checking patient's blood pressure

Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Course Requirements


HSC0003, Basic Healthcare Worker
HSC0725C, Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated) 

What can you do with a Certified Nursing Assistant?

In this field, people find careers as:

Patient Care Technicians
Critical Care Technicians
Travel CNA
Qualified  Medication Aide
Home Health Aide

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Gulf Coast State College
Tom P Haney Technical College
Florida State University, Panama City

Student Nurse studying

Are you ready to Get Started?

Application Process to CNA Program

 Apply to Gulf Coast State College Office of Enrollment Services

  1. Submit an application to the Certified Nursing Assistant program at the Gulf Franklin Campus
  2. Submit official high school and any college or vocational transcripts to Enrollment Services

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.