Frequently Asked Questions
What is a certified nursing assistant?
A Certified Nursing Assistant is responsible for the routine care and treatment of sick, disabled, and terminally
ill patients under the direct supervision of nurses in nursing homes, rehabilitation, hospitals, hospices, home
health agencies and private homes.
C.N.A.s engage in tasks such as transferring and transporting patients, giving bed baths, giving back rubs,
making up hospital beds, and monitoring vital signs.
Certified Nursing Assistants are qualified for employment as entry level care givers in hospitals, long term care
agencies, clinics, physician offices, and clients’ homes. Many C.N.A.s continue with education that leads to
certification as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
How is Florida Training Academy different from other local C.N.A. exam prep schools?
We offer a C.N.A. Exam Prep Course that helps you pass the state of Florida nursing assistant examination in
weeks instead of months.
We are owned and operated by local medical professionals who are dedicated to the services that they
provide to their students and to the community. We are not simply administrators who run a prep school.
Each instructor at FTA holds an active medical license for the State of Florida. Therefore, we prepare our
students for the exam and for the "real world".
We go above and beyond by offering our students a Clinical Skills Video and/or an additional week of training
for a reduced cost. We also keep our class sizes small and allow for time between classes so that we can
focus and individualize the education we provide based on each student's needs.
Do I need to take a course in order to take the State Exam?
No, you are not required to take any course prior to challenging the exam. However, even if you have
experience as a nurse assistant, challenging the exam can prove quite difficult. You will be assigned to
perform 3 of the skills and be observed by a nurse evaluator. Successful completion of each skill is required in
order for you to pass, miss one thing and you will fail. Our prep course will teach you the skills required to pass
the State's C.N.A. exam.
How do I register for your course?
Applications are accepted at any time and students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you are
not able to come to the school in advance, you will be given an application and brief questionairre on the first
day of class. Your full payment or down payment can be made on-line securely via our Register On-Line page
to reserve your seat.
Additionally, please present a copy of your Photo Identification card (license or state issued ID only) on the first
day of class.
What do you mean by "Challenge" the exam?
Anyone who is at least 18 years of age may take the state exam, with or without formal training. A challenger of
the State exam is a person who has not completed an 120 hour State approved course. A Challenger takes
the same State exam as the other students who attended longer programs and are issued the same Florida C.N.A.
license if they can successfully pass the examination.
Candidates will be given 3 attempts to pass both portions of the C.N.A. examinaton before they are required
to attend an 120 hour State approved C.N.A. training program.
Will I receive a diploma after completing your program?
No. You will receive documentation of attendance upon request only.
How do I become a C.N.A. in Florida?
You may challenge the state exam without taking a prep course. However, a CNA Prep Course will instruct you
on what to study and how to do the skills. If you attempt to take the C.N.A. exam without any training and fail the
exam, you have to wait 30 days before you can test again and repay fees to the State! Therefore, a C.N.A.
Prep Course is highly beneficial. We offer the Prep Course and help you to fill out the application so that you
can get an examination date and time. Please note that only the State of Florida can certify you as a C.N.A. in
Where will my State examination be held?
There are two regional test sites in Jacksonville. There are also State testing sites in Tallahassee,
Gainesville and Lake City. We discuss test site locations and walk you through the application process during
By choosing our program, you receive a quality education and save money. Also, you will be prepared to test
at the local State test site that is most convenient for you! Remember the State test site/location is not the
most important factor. If you do not know your the skills, you will fail the examination (regardless of the test site
location)! We prepare you so that you will be able to confidently take your exam at the test site that has the
quickest test date available.
What do I need to know about the Florida C.N.A. exam?
Candidates, both first-time and re-certifying, must pass the CNA Examination which is a 2 part examination,
consisting of a written and a performance (skills) section.
The Written Test is a 90 minute test with sixty (60) multiple-choice questions written in English. An "Audio" test
in English or Spanish may be requested for the Written Test if you have difficulty reading or understanding
English. If English is your second language or if you have difficulty reading English, please request the English
or Spanish audio test when you submit your application.
During the clinical (skills) portion of the test, you will be assigned to perform 3 of skills and be observed by a
nurse evaluator. Successful completion of each skill is required in order for you to pass, miss one thing and
you will fail. Our prep course will specifically train you to pass the state CNA exam.
Do I need a GED or highschool diploma to take the course?
No. If you are 18 years old or over you do not need a GED or high school Diploma. If you are under 18 years
old then you will need a GED or Highschool Diploma to take the State (CNA) Test.
What if I did not take your tutoring program and have failed one portion of the exam?
We offer a Clinical Skills Video for those who have failed the clinical portion of the examination. We also offer a two hour competency review for those who have failed the written portion of the exam. However, we do not offer refresher courses for those who attended other programs. The only option avilable for students who attended our competitor's programs is to 1) purhase our clinical skills video ($50) or 2) attend our 2 or 3 day CNA classes. Contact our office for more information.
What is included in the fee? What do I get out of the C.N.A. Exam Prep Course?
All CNA exam prep course fees include your class materials and a book. You will get hands on training for the
skills portion and written materials to Prep for the State test. We will go over all materials in a classroom
setting and skills in a lab setting to simulate a hospital room.
How soon can I test?
You will be given an application to apply for the State test during the course. We assist you in filling out the
application and direct you where to send the money for testing. You then either complete the testing
application on-line or you can also email/fax it in when you have the money to pay for it.
You will receive an admission letter with your testing date and time mailed back to you usually within 4 weeks
from the date of receipt of the application. We cannot control the time frame the State takes to get you a test
date and time. So we encourage you to pay for and schedule your test date before or shortly after you enroll in
our Exam Prep course.
How do I hold my seat in the class?
You may pay your deposit with a credit or debit card on the Register On-line page of our website. You do not have to have a Paypal account. We just secure your payment this way to ensure the safety of your credit/debit card.
You may also make arrangements to pay the deposit in person by money order. Sorry no personal checks are
accepted! The remaining balance of the course is then due the first day of class.
What to bring to class? What to wear?
Bring a high-lighter, a POSITIVE attitude and a willingness to learn. Our dress code is casual dress that is
appropriate for a classroom setting. Please have athletic shoes or non slip shoes available during clinical
How much are the State Fees to test? Who gets the money?
As of July 2016, the testing and background fees total $245.00. The State's testing fees are made
payable to Prometric ($155), which include your clinical and written exam. We recommend All Clear Screen for your Level II FBI background screening ($85) because they allow walk-ins and same day screening.
The State's fees are subject to change without notice. Our program updates our information regularly.
However, we are not responsible for changes in the amount that the State charges. Thank you for
You will receive an application from us that you can mail into the State to get a test date and time to test. We
will go over the application process step by step in class and assist you in filling it out. We do not arrange test
dates and times as this is controlled by the State Testing program itself.
If you are not enrolled in our program we do not provide applications and information booklets to you. These
are for our students only. Please contact the State directly. Thank you for your understanding.
Will I be able to work immediately?
Persons taking an exam preparation course will need to take and pass the exam before beginning working the
capacity of a C.N.A. This does not preclude the facility from hiring you in another role until you, take the exam.
According to Florida law, you do not need to be certified to work in a hospital or assisted living facility, but the
facility itself may require you to be certified.
As a CNA can I work as a HHA (Home Health Aide)?
Once you become a certified nursing assistant you will be able to work as both a CNA and HHA with private
pay clients, without further training. The exception to this statement applies to those persons who work for care
agencies that receive reimbursement from Medicare/Medicaid. Those persons are required to have a home
health aide certification.
What if I have been convicted of a crime?
Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, effective July 1, 2009, health care boards and/or the
department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for
examination if the candidate has a conviction based on this new statute.
As of August 2010, Prometric is now required to collect a FBI background screening and fingerprinting from all
candidates prior to scheduling their exam date.
Depending on the age, types and seriousness of the offense(s), your case may go before the Board of
Nursing; you will also be notified of this meeting. If the Board denies your certification, you will receive an
official Intent to Deny Order and will have right of appeal. We can provide direction regarding the appeals
You can find out more information by visiting the Florida Department of Health at the link provided below.
Can I still sit for the exam even though there’s something in my background?
You will need to complete an application, have a FBI background check and fingerprinting completed in order
to be absolutely sure that you are eligible to receive your nursing assistant license based on the 2010 changes.
Is a background check required when entering a C.N.A. exam prep program or C.N.A. school?
We do not require a background check for entrance into our program. However, we have a duty to inform and
educate the candidate of the requirement and the process for background screening prior to the certification.
If you have a previous charge, we prefer for you to submit your application to the State first. You can pay for the
C.N.A. Exam Prep Course after your application is reviewed by the Board of Nursing and you are sure that the
State will issue you a license once you pass the test.
Do we offer Job Placement services?
No, we do not provide job placement services because, in the past, students have accepted positions and not shown up for work or left the company after receiving a job offer from their preferred employer. Currently, we offer job referral services to our students. We post the available jobs on our Facebook page.