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AHT 240 - Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) Exam/Skills Preparation

Registration Option: Open Enrollment

Total Course Hours: 10

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This course is designed for CNAs or student nurses who want skills and test-taking strategies review to prepare to successfully pass the Geriatric Nurse Assistant (GNA) skills and written examination. Topics will include review of 22 basic nursing skills with hands-on practice such as hand hygiene, ambulating using transfer belts, vital signs, and test taking strategies to assist in successfully passing the GNA written examination.  After successful completion of the skills review course, students will receive an achievement award from Montgomery College and will be eligible to qualify to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) skills and written examination through Pearson VUE.  Must have two pieces of ID to register for the course such as driver license, passport, and social security card.  One piece must be a photo ID. This is also a requirement to take the GNA exam.


Course Entry Requirements: (Must have proof of any of the following - program CNA/GNA training certificates, transcripts for student nurses)

  1. Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) who have successfully completed a Board or Nursing-approved 100-hr nursing assistant program that includes clinical experience within the last 12 months.
  2. Student nurses currently enrolled in a nursing education program who successfully completed Board of Nursing requirements within the last 12 months.
  3. Graduate nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing education program in the United States.
  4. Foreign graduate nurses who have graduated from a nursing program who are waiting to take the NCLEX examination.
  5. Expired GNA Certification: Persons with expired GNA license who have worked 8 hours in a nursing home within the last 2 years. 
  6.  GNA/CNAs who want to refresh their skills


Upon completion of this skills review course, students will:

  1.    Demonstrate competency in performing 22 basic nursing skills required by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
  2.    Demonstrate competency in infection control and prevention practices.
  3.    Demonstrate competency in patient safety practices.
  4.    Apply principles of body mechanics to conserve energy, decrease potential strain, injury, and fatigue on the caregiver as well as promote patient safety. 
  5.    Demonstrate caring behaviors in patient care delivery. 
  6.    Demonstrate proficiency in answering healthcare questions.
  7.    Demonstrate appropriate communication techniques during patient interactions.