Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CNA/GNA)

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A Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Geriatric Nursing Assistant provides basic patient care under the direction of the nursing staff. A Nursing Assistant performs duties for patients in a healthcare setting, such as feeding, dressing, grooming, moving, and changing linens.

learn about salary and career informationThis workforce training certificate consists of the following two classes:

  • HTH-6270 Nursing Assistant Fundamentals
  • HTH-6290 Nursing Assistant Practice

A student who successfully completes this workforce training certificate demonstrates application of comprehensive knowledge and skills of the nursing assistant in a clinical setting and meets eligibility requirements to become a certified nursing assistant through application to the Maryland Board of Nursing. To obtain their Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) Certification, students will take the NNAAP Maryland Nurse Aide Examination approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

A student who successfully completes this workforce training certificate demonstrates application of comprehensive knowledge and skills of the nursing assistant in a clinical setting and meets eligibility requirements to become a certified nursing assistant through application to the Maryland Board of Nursing. To obtain their Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) Certification, students will take the NNAAP Maryland Nurse Aide Examination approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.  Students will complete a review of GNA skills in preparation for the NNAAP exam. Exam included in the cost of the course.  Textbooks, skills pack, uniforms, health screening, background check, and drug screen are required and are used in HTH-6270 and HTH-6290.

CNA/GNAs employed by a long-term care facility with at least one-year of experience may want to obtain Certified Medicine Aide (CMA) certification to obtain greater advancement.

The CNA HTH 6270 and the CNA HTH 6290 courses are set up according to the regulations set forth by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Due to the regulatory requirements established by the Maryland Board of Nursing, students must register for HTH 6270 and the corresponding HTH 6290, indicated as Option 1 or Option 2. Students cannot mix and match practicums. When you register for HTH 6270, please register with the corresponding HTH 6290.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO REGISTER: 

Students must be at least 18 years of age at time of registration.

  1. All students must take the Work Keys Assessment test prior to registering for the course. The Work Keys Assessment test is available at all three campus testing centers. Students must contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment at the La Plata, Leonardtown, or Prince Frederick campus. Students must meet minimum scores of 4-4-4. This test costs $45.  Instructions can be found here.  
  2. Students are required to complete a background check and upload health screening information using CastleBranch. Click here to access the website to complete this requirement. The student cost is $110.50.  More information on this process will be provided at the MANDATORY orientation session.  Failure to complete this process could result in loss of clinical spot. Students are strongly encouraged to begin background profiles immediately following registration for the course.
  3. Attendance at the orientation session, the first scheduled date of the class, is MANDATORY.
  4. Students should expect to incur an additional $200-$300 in out of pocket expenses related to uniforms and Maryland Board of Nursing requirements.
  5. This program has a 100% attendance requirement.
  6. Students with specific questions or concerns regarding criminal background checks, criminal history checks, health screening forms; licensure/certification should contact sebutler2@csmd.edu.
  7. The CNA HTH-6270 and the CNA HTH-6290 courses are set up according to the regulations set forth by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Due to the regulatory requirements established by the Maryland Board of Nursing, students must register for HTH 6270 and the corresponding HTH 6290, indicated as Option 1 or Option 2. Students cannot mix and match practicums. When you register for HTH 6270, please register with the corresponding HTH-6290. You must register for them both together.

Notice: COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To ensure our common safety in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Southern Maryland is requiring that students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exception of individuals with approved exemptions.

This college requirement is separate from any requirements that may be in place for students to attend clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting (Clinical).

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Registration Options

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Orientation HTH-6270-82437
CNA Fundamentals
(90 hours)
HTH-6290-82438 Nursing Assistant:
Practice
(60 hours)
GNA Prep Day
(16 hours)

Aug. 25

Thurs.
5 - 8 p.m.

Leonardtown Campus, Building B, Room 213

Aug. 30 - Oct. 6

Tues./Weds./Thurs.
5 - 10:30 p.m.

Leonardtown Campus, Building B, Room 213

Oct. 10 - 31

Mon./Weds/Fri.
5 ‐ 11:30 p.m.

OFFSITE at SMNC

Nov. 5 - 12

Sat.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

La Plata Campus, Community Education (CE) Building, room 208

 

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