Certified Nursing Assistant, V.C.


Certified Nursing Assistant, V.C.

Program Overview

This certificate program is designed to provide you with 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.

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 that begins each January. This hybrid option will take approximately four months to complete. You are expected to attend one class session each week for lecture and hands-on skills.

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Gulf/Franklin Campus

Deborah Brzuska, MSN, RN, CMSRN 
Assistant Coordinator of GFC Nursing


 Admission Requirements:

  • Apply to Gulf Coast State College
  • Provide high school and college transcripts
  • Submit an application to the CNA program
  • Submit active, satisfactory scores on the TABE examination or equivalent PERT scores. TABE tests are given at the Gulf/Franklin Campus as well as the Panama City Campus Testing Center. Please contact Ryan Walding (Gulf/Franklin Campus) for details.

Additional requirements:

Upon conditional acceptance into the CNA program students will be required to complete the following:

  • Satisfactory fingerprint/criminal background check
  • Satisfactory 10-panel drug screening
  • Provide a copy of a current certification in CPR for Health Care Providers
  • Completion of a physical examination (with satisfactory results)
  • Completion of an immunization form with current immunization records

Failure to complete any of the requirements above will result in the forfeiture of your slot in the CNA program.


How do I apply to the Certified Nursing Assistant program?

To apply to the CNA program, you’ll need to complete two applications: the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College and the Certified Nursing Assistant Application. Please download and review the application packet for a complete list of admission requirements and prerequisite requirements. Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the GCSC application process.

CNA program applications must be submitted by the set deadline in order to be considered for acceptance. You may submit your CNA program application using the following contact information:

Justin Ryan Walding
Sr. Administrative Assistant
3800 Garrison Ave
Port St. Joe, FL 32465
P: 850-227-9670 ext. 5522
F: 850-873-3524


The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Gulf Coast State College, Gulf Franklin campus, is a limited access program and selection into the program is not guaranteed.  However, there are numerous classes you can be taking to get started on a career in the healthcare field. Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.  The Gulf Coast State College Advising Center is available to help you with your plans.

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Program Requirements

Courses CH
*=HCP0001, Health Careers Core 3v
*=HCP0120C, Basic Nursing Care 2.5v



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.



Laura Justice


Application Deadline

Students may apply to the CNA program anytime throughout the year; however, the deadline to be considered for acceptance into the Spring CNA program at the Gulf/Franklin Campus is October 15 (or adjacent working day) of each year.


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