Certified Nursing Assistant & Geriatric Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Duties include answering patients’ call lights, serving meals, making beds, and helping patients eat, dress and bathe. CNAs work day, evening and weekend shifts in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Occupational Requirements

Minimum 16 years of age. Most employers require 18 years or older and a high school diploma or GED®.


Information Unique to the Training

The program requires study time outside of class and includes college-level texts. All tests must be passed prior to the start of clinical training. Clinical training requires written documentation of MMR and Varicella immunity, a negative TB test or chest x-ray within the last 12 months and Hepatitis B immunity or waiver.

The Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification exam is administered after successful completion of the clinical (cost included in course cost).

You must pass a reading placement test prior to enrolling in the program.

The Maryland Board of Nursing requires fingerprinting and background checks for certification.


Courses to Complete

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  • Prerequisites
    AHE-046 CPR Healthcare Provider/BLS or Card
    AHE-257 CNA Preparation
  • Core Courses 
    AHE-042 Certified Nursing Assistant Training Part 1 (Theory)
    AHE-580 Certified Nursing Assistant Training Part 2 (Clinical)
    AH-E455 GNA Skills Lab


Approximate Number of Hours

138 hours

Approximate Training Cost*


Licensure/Certification Earned

Successful completion of this training leads to a CNA license from the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Related Continuing Education Courses

AHE-588 Medicine Aide Training (requires one year employment as GNA)


Estimated Hourly Wage**
$13 – 17/hr.


*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.


For information about the one-year Practical Nursing certificate, the Registered Nurse A.S. degree or the Registered Nurse transfer recommendation A.A. degree, call the Admissions office at 410-386-8430.

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