The Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Learning vs. In-Person for Nursing Assistant Programs

Starting a career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Florida is a straightforward process. First, pass a background screening, complete a state-approved CNA training program, take and pass a state licensing exam, get your license and find a job. 

One step requires some thought based on personal preference—deciding whether to complete the program online or in a classroom. 

Before going into the obligatory pros and cons list, it is essential to note that since many of the skills needed by a CNA must be demonstrated and practiced in person, any online program will have a hands-on component. 

Online schooling for CNAs.

Our healthcare system finds itself in need of CNAs. To train more CNAs while following the practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) during the pandemic, many schools began to offer online CNA training programs. 


These programs allow students to study from anywhere, working around their busy schedules

Students can complete lectures and assignments while holding down full-time jobs and being parents. 

Another advantage of online schooling is less supervision. Some students can work better without a teacher or other students present constantly. 


If you are not digitally savvy and have never taken an online class before, online learning might be confusing and interfere with your education. 

While working under less supervision and without a structured schedule is a benefit for some, others struggle to complete assignments or find the self-motivation to dedicate time to learn. 

Many students benefit from all the social interaction that goes on in a classroom. Interactions lead to sharing learning methods, books, materials, or even a first job via a reference. Unfortunately, students in an online learning platform miss out on much of this networking.

A more obvious setback is that you still have to conduct your clinical learning in person in this particular course. So some of the Pros are not so effective.

In-person schooling for CNA's

Yet many more people gravitate towards in-person CNA programs because they prefer to see and interact with teachers and other students face to face. If such a program sounds appealing, contact us


There are some obvious advantages like more hands-on experience and practice. But, in addition, many CNA instructors believe that hands-on experience and testing ensure the quality of care remains high, and students gain the knowledge to hit the ground running.

These in-person programs are simply put more traditional and more structured. The classroom setting provides a guided path to learning that is more familiar and easier for students to follow. In addition, the use of digital tools is supervised and assisted. This guarantees the quality of the education and familiarizes students with digital tools they will need at their jobs without sacrificing their education. 


However, there are some drawbacks to in-person programs as well. They are less flexible and less autonomous. This means students have to be regularly at school at a specific time, and for those with full-time jobs, this might be impossible. 

Transportation and uniforms costs are usually added, with a few exceptions, to the price of tuition. 

The decision

Make this decision based on personal situation and preference. If there are any questions about our program, we encourage our future students to call and get a live person to answer your questions. Our staff is a phone call away at +1 561 - 964 - 5148.

If not comfortable with that approach, visit the State of Florida's CNA frequently asked questions page.

Blog Post written by:
Dr. Eddie Martinez
Director of Education