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At a Glance

The CNA/GNA workforce training program features practicing in our state-of-the-art nursing lab and clinicals at a local long-term care facility. Earn your Nursing certification in as little as a few months and join one of the most in-demand job sectors in the U.S.

Approx. Number of Hours:

138 (excluding prerequisites)

Program Cost:**

$2,043 (excluding prerequisites)

Est. Hourly Wage:*

$13-17 per hour

Min. Occupational Requirements:

16 years old or older; most employers require 18 years or older & high school diploma or GED®

CNA & GNA Job Overview


Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNAs) 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/GNAs work day, evening and weekend shifts in hospitals and long-term care facilities. 

Financial Assistance

There’s more than $100,000 in funding available to help pay for short-term job training, plus tuition assistance for eligible non-credit students.

Licensure/certification earned

Students who successfully complete the training are eligible to apply for a CNA license from the Maryland Board of Nursing. 


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. 

AHE-315 BLS Provider or current AHA-BLS Provider CPR Card
AHE-257 CNA Preparation

AHE-042 Certified Nursing Assistant Training Part 1 (Theory)
AHE-580 Certified Nursing Assistant Training Part 2 (Clinical)
AHE-455 GNA Skills Lab

Additional Information & Program Requirements

This 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.  

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

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

410-386-8100 |

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.