Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant​

Certified Nursing Assistants and Geriatric Nursing Assistants are the foundation of in-patient care. Whether in a hospital setting as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or a long-term care facility as a Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), they are on the front lines, caring for patients’ daily needs. Upon successful completion of this evening/weekend program, students will be eligible to request certification (CNA) through the Maryland Board of Nursing and will sit for the Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification exam.

What is required?

You will need a high school diploma or a GED and be able to achieve minimal competency on the Cecil College Assessments. Additionally, the majority of healthcare facilities require a background and drug screen of all students who enter their facility; therefore all healthcare career students are required to successfully complete a background check and drug screen upon entering any healthcare career program. Students who are not successfully cleared will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the healthcare careers program and thus, will not be eligible to complete the healthcare careers program. Please direct any question to the Director of Healthcare Careers. Completion of a student health profile and current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certification are also required prior to clinical. You will need to complete the following courses, totaling 150 hours of instruction/clinical experience:

Course Code Course Title
HHL 129 Nursing Assistant Theory
HHL 131 Nursing Assistant Clinical

The Nursing Assistant program at Cecil College is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing:

Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland, 21215-2254