About the Program

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.

Program Requirements

You will need a high school diploma or a GED. 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.

Completion of a student health profile and current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certification are also required prior to clinical.

Please direct any question to Amanda Horn at ahorn@nullcecil.edu or (410) 287-1008.

Required Courses

You will need to complete the following courses, totaling 150 hours of instruction/clinical experience:

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

Program Approval

Maryland Board of Nursing

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
(410) 585-1900

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

NC-SARA approved institution logo.

Cecil College is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education in the member states and territories. Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws offered under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), must first be filed with the institution to seek resolution. The student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student would contact the Institution’s Home State SARA Portal Entity, Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). For more information, please refer to the SARA complaint process.

Supervised Clinical and Field Training Experiences

Through participation in NC-SARA and compliance with statutory regulations related to training in individual states, Cecil College is approved to offer limited, supervised clinical field experiences in 3 U.S. states to eligible students. The states include Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. These are the locations currently approved for student supervised clinical and field training. Individual state regulations are subject to change without prior notice and the College does not guarantee locations for clinical and field training experiences.

Certification Requirements

The Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant program prepares the graduate to request certification through the Maryland Board of Nursing and to take the Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification exam. Students that complete the CNA/GNA program at Cecil College can apply for reciprocity to work as a CNA in Delaware by contacting the Board at (302) 421-7403 or through the Delaware CNA website. Reciprocity requirements in the state of Pennsylvania can be found on cnacertificationschools.net. Since requirements may change, prospective students should contact their state for information on the applicable certification board to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where students are located.Geriatric Nursing Assistants working in Maryland long-term care facilities have a unique opportunity for advancement by becoming a Certified Medicine Aide. The Medicine Aide is a designation for the state of Maryland and does not guarantee practice in other states.

For information about course fees, class times, and location, please visit the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Non-Credit Course Schedule.