Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant​

After successfully completing the five-month long program, you'll be prepared to become certified through the Maryland Board of Nursing. Employment opportunities include hospitals, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities. Our program will even prepare you to take the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certification exam, which is required by the Maryland Board of Nursing to work as a GNA in a long-term care facility. The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Cecil College is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

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 health care facilities require a background and drug screen of all students who enter their facility; therefore all health care career students are required to successfully complete a background check and drug screen upon entering any health care career program. Students who are not successfully cleared will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the health care careers program and thus, will not be eligible to complete the health care careers program. Please direct any question to the Director of Health Care Careers. Completion of a student health profile and certification in Health care provider CPR (American Red Cross or American Heart Association) 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 125 Certified Nursing Assistant Theory
HHL 126 Certified Nursing Assistant Clinical Externship

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