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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. The CNA’s or GNA’s primary duties are assisting with activities of daily living; which may include helping patients/clients with meals, personal grooming, and toileting. Additional responsibilities involve performing basic nursing skills such as obtaining a patients/clients vital signs, i.e. pulse rate or blood pressure.

Program Outcomes

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students who successfully complete both the theory and clinical portions of this class will be able to apply to the Maryland Board of Nursing for Certified Nursing Assistant certification. Candidates are also eligible to sit for the state GNA certification given by the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through Pearson Vue.

Certifying Organization: Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON), www.mbon.org, 410-585-1900. 4140 Patterson Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215.

MBON Certified Nursing Assistant application fee: $20 ( a credit card or bankcard with Visa or Mastercard logo, electronic passport size photo, and fingerprint documentation listing a tracking number is required to complete the online application).

Maryland GNA testing body: NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program) Fee for Oral or Written Exam & Skills Evaluation is currently $105.00 payable to “Pearson Vue”

Financial Aid and Payment Options:

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Baltimore County College Promise
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
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 or face-to-face orientation session prior to registering for classes. The face to face session allows for immediate answers to questions, and clarification of program requirements, such as health documentation necessary for clinical placement. Please contact Nancy Laubach, nlaubach@ccbcmd.edu, for access to online orientation information or dates for face-to-face sessions.

Internet access (home or on a CCBC campus); ability to access and navigate an online learning platform (currently Blackboard)

Preferred:  To increase the potential for employment upon successful completion of the program, a​ High School Diploma or GED is preferred prior to registration.  For potential students without a diploma or GED, concurrent enrollment in a course to meet this requirement is highly recommended; notification of course coordinator is required prior to enrolling in CNA course.

Students must have the following paperwork prepared for submission to the coordinator on the first day/night of class:

Completion of physician medical exam report (PMER) provided by college documenting the following:

  • 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)
  • Current Season Flu Vaccination
  • signature of healthcare provider documenting students ability to participate in all physical aspects of training required by program

Additional Documents:

  • Copy of Health Insurance Card-front and back
  • High School Diploma or GED (if obtained)
  • Copy of Current HealthCare Provider CPR card front and back (must remain current for course duration)

Prior to clinical placement students will be required to complete a background check with the current CCBC vendor that may be viewed by CCBC clinical partners; in some certain instances clinical partners may require a urine drug screen for illicit drugs.

Upon program completion, students are required to be fingerprinted to complete the Maryland Board of Nursing Application.

All Fees associated with Background Checks and Fingerprinting are the responsibility of the student, unless otherwise indicated.

Application Process

To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

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

Program Course Sequence

Students are required to maintain an 75% average in theory, obtain at least a 75 on the final exam, and perform satisfactorily in the clinical environment for successful program completion. Students arriving late to theory or clinical will be required to makeup missed time. Habitual lateness is disruptive to the learning environment and could potentially impact safe patient care.

Students found consistently violating the CCBC student code of conduct could be dismissed from the program without refund of tuition or fees.

CPR class REQUIRES 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)


AHE 805

CPR for Health Care Providers




Book provided in class

Prerequisite Totals:





Course Series:

AHL 170

Nursing Assistant Theory




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

AHL 171

Nursing Assistant Clinical





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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 may provide care in a hospital setting, long-term care facilities, or in private homes through nursing agencies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2018, patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to increased opportunities for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.

CNA is also the basic level of training required for enrollment in many hospital based or community college patient care technician training courses.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Sharone M. Stewart | sstewart3@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-2035 | Essex | HTEC | 001

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Laubach | nlaubach@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1819 |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:

A. 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

B. 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

C. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions
  • Properly use stethoscope
  • Interact appropriately with professionals

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

A. 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

B. 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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