Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

nursing students

Learn to provide hands-on care under the direct supervision of a nurse

Nursing Assistants help patients to eat, dress, and bathe. They also serve meals, make beds, take vital signs and observe patients' physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing staff. Completion of the theory and clinical components of this program give you the knowledge needed to work in a hospital as a CNA or take the National Test to be a Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA).

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2015 median pay for Certified Nursing Assistants was $25,710 per year. Employment is expected to grow 17% from 2015-2024, faster than the national average.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older*
  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Health Assessment, including immunization record
  • Healthcare Provider CPR

*If you do not have a GED or High school Diploma, please contact Adult Literacy at 443-412-2616*

Required Exams

  • Math Assessment (ACA)
  • Reading Assessment (ACR)

These assessments are available in the Test Center located in Fallston Hall. For an appointment please call 443-412-2352.

Required Courses

  • Nursing Assistant Theory
  • Nursing Assistant Clinical

Approximate cost of the program is $1,953, which includes GNA examination.  Textbooks and other required materials not included in this estimate.


  • Textbook required.  All textbooks for Continuing Education & Training classes are available at the College Store located in the Student Center.

Technical Standards apply.