Certified Nursing Assistant | CNA

CNAs provide patients 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

Credential Earned:

Nursing Assistant certificate


No. of Classes Required:




In-classroom; onsite clinical.

Program Cost:

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


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.


Contact Information:

Dawn Reimer




Testing Directions: healthcaretraining@harford.edu



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.


  • 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 heath certification or  use it as a stepping stone toward a nurising degree.



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.


Who Teaches This Program?

The Certified Nursing Assistant program is taught by experienced industry professionals.