Certified Nursing Assistant
Become a Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) collaborate with health care teams in hospitals, assisted living centers, and in individual patients’ homes to work on the front lines of the health care field by tending to patients’ most important needs. With additional certification training, today’s CNAs are learning to attend to a wide variety of patient care including delivering babies, administering medications, assisting in surgical procedures and more.
Certified Nursing Assistant Training at HCC
In six to eight weeks, you can be ready for a new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. You’ll learn from experienced and professionally trained nursing instructors, who work and live in the community. HCC’s partnerships with area hospitals, businesses, and organizations provide CNA graduates with unique opportunities for rewarding careers.
HCC’s training meets Maryland Board of Nursing regulations. Upon successful completion of this training, you will obtain a CNA license from the Maryland Board of Nursing and be well-prepared to take the State Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) Examination.
Theory and clinical sections are taken simultaneously, but you must register for both sections. The entire program is 145 hours (100 hours of theory training and 45 hours of clinical training). You will earn 14.5 CEUs upon completion of the course.
To take the CNA course, you must:
- Be 18 years or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Complete immunizations.
- Pass a criminal background check. If you are denied access to a clinical site, you will not be able to complete the course or receive your certificate, and there will be no refund for tuition or fees.
- Pass basic reading exam at least one week before the class start date. Call Kathy Schultz at 443-518-4981 to schedule an appointment and identify yourself as a CNA student (current ID required for testing). Allow two hours to complete the test.
Tuition and fees for the course are $1,500. This includes $740 in fees not eligible for waiver. No refund five days prior to class starting.
You should expect additional course costs for the criminal background check and required materials.
Once you become a CNA student, your tuition and fees also pay for books, CPR certification, a free GNA review class, and the ability to take the GNA test at HCC.
After Completing Your CNA
In addition to gaining immediate employment after completing your CNA, you can continue developing your nursing career at HCC in the following ways:
- Advanced Patient Care Skills Continuing Education Course
- Certified Pediatric Nursing Assistant Continuing Education Course
- DONA International Birth Doula Continuing Education Certification
- Traditional Registered Nurse (RN)
- Accelerated RN
- RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- LPN to RN Pathway
- Additional Nursing Professional Development (RN case management, Instructor and Refresher Training, and more)
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