CNA programs in Maryland generally consist of at least 100 hours of training (60 didactic/40 clinical). Before students can have contact with patients, they must have at least 16 hours of training in the following areas: CNA duties; communication; infection control; legal/ethical considerations; environment; safety; and, the Heimlich maneuver. CNA programs often have specific admission requirements, such as Healthcare Provider CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification. Prior to starting clinicals, students may also be required to show proof of criminal background and drug screening clearances, negative TB tests, current immunizations, physical examinations, and active health insurance.
Alleghany College of Maryland
Alleghany College of Maryland (ACM) in Cumberland offers a Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Aide program that can be completed in one semester. Students learn to provide basic nursing and personal care to patients. Classroom and lab courses, along with clinical experiences, teach students about CPR, first aid, medical terminology, vital signs and nutrition. The Student Success Services at ACM is available to help students reach their career goals.
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is located in Arnold and has a Patient Care Technician/Geriatric Nursing Assistant program that meets the requirements for certified nursing assistant certification and the geriatric nursing assistant (GNA) state registry exam. This two-course program, which spans over two terms, includes lectures, simulated lab skills and 120 hours of clinical practice. Students at AACC can receive assistance through the school's Student Services Success department, which offers services like career counseling, tutoring, workshops, writing assistance and college fairs.
Carroll Community College
Westminster's Carroll Community College offers a 138-hour Certified Nursing Assistant and Geriatric Nursing Assistant program to eligible individuals at least 16 years of age. Prerequisites include Healthcare Provider CPR certification and completion of the professional preparation for healthcare course. The curriculum includes skills lab, theory and clinical education; students must pass tests prior to starting the clinicals. Applicants must also take a college reading placement test. The college's Support Services offers career and employment resources, tutoring and academic advising.
Located in Wye Mills, Chesapeake College offers a Nursing Assistant program through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Training. Applicants must complete a career planning for CNA/GNAs class and have adequate scores on college reading placement tests. Included in the curriculum is CPR training, classroom skills lab and clinical education at a long-term care facility. This class only allows eight students, and it requires perfect attendance. In addition to extra-curricular activities and student clubs, the Student Service division offers academic advising and career services.
College of Southern Maryland
College of Southern Maryland, with campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and Waldorf, has a 166-hour Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant program that prepares students to take the CNA certification and GNA licensure exams. Students start the program with classroom and lab courses and finish it with clinicals. In addition to general admission requirements, applicants must take the Work Keys assessment test and attend an orientation session. Online tutoring, career services, writing center, job connections and Student Success Center are a few of the many resources students have access to from the college's Student Services department.
Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore's Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) offers Nursing Assisting Training through its Continuing Education department. In addition to preparing students for careers as CNAs or GNAs, this training has one of the highest pass rates in the state. Students complete a 92-hour nursing assistant theory course and 52 hours in clinical settings to gain hands-on experience. The program can be completed in less than six months. CCBC has many academic options, including certificate and degree programs, developmental education, continuing education and online/distance learning.
Coppin State University
Baltimore-based Coppin State University (CSU) offers a Certified Nursing Assistant program through its Helene Fuld School of Nursing. Upon completion of this 12-week program, students are prepared to take the GNA licensing exam. Criminal background checks and drug screenings must be completed at least four weeks prior to the start of the class. CSU has a Career Services division that offers students resources such as internships, cooperative education, on-campus recruitment, job fairs and career fairs.
Frederick Community College
Located in Frederick, this public school has a Certified Nursing Assistant program that provides students with training to work as CNAs and GNAs. Through classroom lectures, lab studies and supervised clinical rotations, students learn to provide basic nursing procedures and bedside care to patients. The Allied Health department at FCC offers various health-related training programs, such as phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician, medical coding and billing, CPR and medical billing.
Montgomery College in Takoma Park offers a two-part Certified Nursing Assistant program. The first part of the program is classroom studies where students learn basic nursing skills like taking vital signs, communicating with patients and providing bedside care. The second part has students completing clinical internships at long-term care facilities. The two parts must be taken in sequence. Students who want to work as geriatric nursing aides can take the licensing exam after completing this course. The college has three campus locations and offers students various career services, including career counseling, resume writing and job search assistance, educational workshops and many online resources.
Wor-Wic Community College
Salisbury-based Wor-Wic Community College has a two-part Certified Nursing Assistant program that's offered several times a year. Students must complete the didactic (classroom and lab) portion before they can advance to the clinical portion. This program has specific requirements that must be met prior to starting the clinical education. CPR training is also part of this program. Wor-Wic Community College has a Student Services department with many resources to assist students with reaching career goals.
To become a CNA in Maryland, a student must complete a state-approved nursing assistant training program and pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. The school's outlined below are among those with programs that are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||CNA Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Allegany College of Maryland||Two-year, public; small city||Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Aide Program|| $4,220 in-district;
|Anne Arundel Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Patient Care Technician/ Geriatric Nursing Assistant|| $4,670 in-district;
|Carroll Community College||Two-year, public; small suburb||Certified Nursing Assistant & Geriatric Nursing Assistant|| $4,128 in-district;
|Chesapeake College||Two-year, public; distant rural||Nursing Assistant Program|| $3,818 in-district;
|College of Southern Maryland||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant|| $3,825 in-district;
|Community College of Baltimore County||Two-year, public; large suburb||Nursing Assistant Training|| $4,276 in-district;
|Coppin State University||Four-year, public; large city||Certified Nursing Assistant Program|| $8,873 in-state;
|Frederick Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Certified Nursing Assistant Program, and Home Health Aide Programs|| $3,578 in-district;
|Montgomery College||Two-year, public; small city||Certified Nursing Assistant|| $5,178 in-district;
|Wor-Wic Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Certified Nursing Assistant|| $3,240 in-district;
Source: *NCES School Navigator