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Certified Nursing Assistant | CNA

CNAs provide patients with hands-on care under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. They are in high demand and many are able to secure jobs before they graduate.

Because of the personal nature of the job, a certified nursing assistant must have excellent people skills and the ability to be compassionate and enjoy helping others. During training, students participate in a 66-hour clinical at an area healthcare facility.

Approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON), this program enables students to apply for certification with the MBON and take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination for certification as both a CNA and a Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA).

Program Overview

Nursing Assistant certificate 



The approximate cost of this program is $1,953 and includes Healthcare Provider BLS CPR certification, fingerprinting, and MBON registration.

Dawn Reimer 



  • Reading (NGR) and Math (NGA) Assessments, available at the Test Center; college-level courses or SAT/ACT scores (500+) may be used in place of the NGR and NGA. 
  • Refer to the Nursing Assistant Training Technical Standards for all requirements. 
  • Students are required to purchase a textbook, Harford Community College Clinical Patch (available at the College Store), navy blue scrubs, and a watch with a second hand.


  • Nursing Assistant Theory
  • Nursing Assistant Clinical

What can I do when I complete this program?

Working under the guidance of RNs or LPNs, nursing assistants help patients on a physical, emotional, and personal level. Nursing assistants provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living such as helping them bathe, eating meals, and transferring them into their wheelchairs. Work as a certified nursing assistant is available in a variety of medical settings including hospitals, extended care facilities, and rehabilitation centers.

Students who graduate from this program may further their education by obtaining other allied health certification or use it as a stepping stone toward a nursing degree.

Potential Careers

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2019 the average salary for Certified Nursing Assistants in Maryland was $32,450* per year. Employment is expected to grow 8% from 2019-2029, faster than the national average.

*Completion of this program does not guarantee this salary.