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Nursing Assistant

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Program Description

This course series prepares students to apply for Maryland State certification as both a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and a Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA). Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of an RN or LPN. They assist with daily living functions which include helping patients with eating, dressing, bathing, personal grooming and toileting. They are responsible for taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students who successfully pass the course and clinical portion of this class will be able to apply to the Maryland Board of Nursing for Certified Nursing Assistant certification and be eligible to sit for a state certification exam for Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA).


Certifying Organization:  Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON); 410-585-1900; 4140 Patterson Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215; MBON Certified Nursing Assistant application fee: $20 (You must have a credit card or pre-paid bank card, electronic passport size photo, and fingerprint documentation.)

American Red Cross (ARC); 866-257-6470; FAX: 866-257-6506; GNA Testing Maryland NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program); P.O. Box 5875 Harrisburg, PA 17110; GNA Certification Testing: $105; testing takes place at CCBC Dundalk and CCBC Randallstown.

Financial Aid and Payment Options:

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

1-3 months

Prerequisite courses start monthly at a variety of CCBC locations.

Program Requirements


Students are required to participate in an online orientation session prior to registering for classes.  Please contact Nancy Laubach,, for access to online orientation information.



High School Diploma or GED; computer literate; and Internet access.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator prior to the start of class:

  • Negative PPD (within 12 months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old
  • Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form
  • Tetanus shot (within 10 years)
  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Completion of physician medical exam report (PMER) provided by college
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Current flu vaccination

During the class and/or near the end of class students must pay for two background checks and one urine drug test.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Prospective students must participate in an orientation session prior to registration

Program Course Sequence

Students are required to maintain an 80% average in nursing classes in order to remain in the program.  HIPAA Training, CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted.  Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)


AHC 360



AHL 719

HIPAA Training



HIPAA Training Online







Handouts online

AHE 805

CPR for Health Care Providers




Book provided in class

Prerequisite Totals:





Course Series:

AHL 639

Nursing Assistant Theory




Text included with the course: Hartman’s Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care; 3rd edition

AHL 638

Nursing Assistant Clinical





Course Series Totals:






Course Series & Prerequisites Total:


$2233 - $2253




Additional Information

Additional Offerings:

AHE 640: GNA Exam Review; 4 hours; $59.00 (T-$34/F-$25)


Skills for Success:

See Technical Standards at the end of this document.


Career Opportunities:

Nursing assistants help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and pass their state’s competency exam to become certified.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:                       

Kerry Cleaver       


Essex, HTEC 013


Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Laubach


Essex, HTEC 013

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC’s Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training Series

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training is to adequately prepare students for a position as a nursing assistant/geriatric nursing assistant at the bedside under the direct supervision of a registered nurse in an acute care hospital or in a physician’s office, urgent care center, ambulatory care facility, long-term care center and other health care facilities.


Nursing assistants/geriatric nursing assistants are required to be on their feet for long periods of time, caring for patients at the bedside, transferring and/or positioning patients. They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials and communicable diseases. Their duties also require them to function quickly with accuracy while being detail-oriented. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and personal integrity are vital.


Following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:


Physical Requirements:

  1. Sufficient strength and mobility to:
  • Work and/or stand for up to 12 hours
  • Lift at least 50 pounds or more and position patients
  • Move swiftly within close quarters while maintaining sterile field
  • Perform tasks requiring good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
  1. Adequate vision to:
  • Read patient ID bracelets for correct administration of care
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens
  • Read medical measuring equipment, scale, thermometer, graduated cylinder, sphygmomanometer, patient files
  1. Sufficient hearing to:
  • Hear and understand verbal instructions
  • Properly use stethoscope
  • Interact appropriately with professionals


Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

  1. Have the ability to:
  • Work in a professional manner as part of a team
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect patient confidentiality and rights
  • Interact with other health professionals in a polite and professional manner
  1. Sufficient communication skills to:
  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Interpret patient needs accurately
  • Provide patient/public education related to the nursing assistant/geriatric nursing assistant profession


Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Exercise independent judgment within the practice to properly care for patients
  • Accurately identify and carry out tasks delegated by registered nurses
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calmness during an emergency situation
  • Complete program requirements


Environmental Requirements:

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  • Working in an environment that may be noisy at times
  • Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials including cleaning agents and chemicals, body fluids
  • Working in an environment with unpleasant odors
  • Provide proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and tetanus
  • Receive Hepatitis B vaccinations and or sign a waiver


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