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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), 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:

Baltimore County Promise
Maryland Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (

Program Length

1-3 months

Prerequisite courses start regularly at a variety of CCBC locations.

Program Requirements

Students will participate in a face-to-face orientation session at the beginning of the first class session which allows for immediate answers to questions, and clarification of program requirements, such as health documentation necessary for clinical placement. Please contact Wanda Johnson at or 443-840-1887 for more information. 



A High School Diploma or GED is NOT required for program entry but may be required for employment. ​  

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

Students must have the following paperwork prepared for submission to CastleBranch (a third-party document tracker service).  Students will receive instructions regarding uploading documents when they register for the class.

  • Physician Exam Report (provided by college)
  • 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
  • Copy of Health Insurance Card-front and back
  • Copy of Current HealthCare Provider CPR card front and back (must remain current for course duration)
  • Background check and possible drug screen (depending on clinical site)


In order to apply to become a CNA in Maryland, students  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.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum.  A maximum of seven program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  Then, please send an email to CEHealth for information about upcoming classes.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

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.

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: The Basics, 5th ed.

AHL 171

Nursing Assistant Clinical





Course Series Totals:






Course Series & Prerequisites Total:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
AHE 640: GNA Exam Review; 4 hours; $59.00 (T-$20/F-$45)

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

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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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