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

CNA / GNA classroom
CNA / GNA Program

What is the difference between a CNA and GNA? 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

A CNA is a person who has completed an approved nursing assistant program and has been certified as nursing assistant by the board of nursing. The CNA doesn't have to take the state exam. 

Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA)

The GNA is a person who has completed an approved nursing assistant program and has been certified as nursing assistant by the board of nursing. The CNA has to take the state exam to obtain another certification to become a GNA. 

 Where can CNAs and GNAs work?

Becoming a certified nursing assistant offers endless possibilities. As a certified nursing assistant (CNA) you can work in hospitals, physician's offices, assisted living facilities, adult daycare centers, home care agencies and in the school system. 

GNAs can also work in the above and work in long term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living. 

Mandatory Orientation Sessions for Fall CNA/GNA or Nurse Refresher
  • Where: MC Health Sciences Bldg Room 124, 77977 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, Md 20910
  • Tuesday 8/6/2019, 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for Nurse Refresher
  • Select one of these for CNA/GNA
  • Wednesday 8/7/2019, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for CNA/GNA
  • Wednesday 8/14, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for CNA/GNA
  • Wednesday 8/28, 2019, 5:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. for CNA/GNA

The Certified Nursing Assistant / Geriatric Nursing Assistant Programs consist of three parts. First is the  mandatory orientation session (free)  where you will learn about the programs, take a math and reading test, and learn about the prerequisites for the program. The second part of the program is the Classroom session where you will take classes, participate in discussions, and have the opportunity for hands-on practice. The third part of the program is the clinical where students will have an opportunity to work with real patients under the supervision of an RN. This program is offered three times a year in the Fall, Spring, and the Summer. 

I. Certified Nursing Assistant Orientation Session

Prior to registering for the CNA Program, you MUST ATTEND the FREE orientation session. Students will take a math and reading test, which takes about 1.5 hours. They must pass the first exam with an 80% or better. Those who do not pass the first exam will have an opportunity to take the exams two more times. Students passing both exams will be issued a signed registration form, which they must take in person to Customer Service in order to register for the program. The corresponding CNA Classroom and CNA Clinical MUST be taken together, no substitutions. All payments for CNA Classroom and CNA Clinical and additional fees are due at time of registration. This program is eligible for the Tuition Installment Plan. Seats for the Classroom and Clinical are limited.

Prerequisites: You must be at least 18 years old and have a Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number for the Maryland Board of Nursing licensing process upon successful completion of the program. All nursing facilities require criminal background checks prior to being on their premises for educational purposes. You must obtain a Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider certification (BLS) before the midterm exam; Proof of Immunity through immunizations and blood work, a negative TB skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray is REQUIRED by the end of the first week of class. 

Additional Fees: There will be additional fees for Proof of Immunity, TB tests, BLS training, CNA application, GNA application, fingerprinting, and uniforms. Costs will be discussed at orientation.

II. Certified Nursing Assistant Classroom

CNA Classroom provides lectures, discussion, and hands-on practice with basic nursing skills and more. Visit CNA Classroom for a complete description of the class. 

III. Certified Nursing Assistant Clinical

CNA Clinical provides an opportunity for students to work under the guidance of an RN to care for patients using the knowledge they have  learned in the classroom. Visit CNA Clinical for a complete description of the class and the prerequisites for the course. 

IV. CNA / GNA Instructional Videos

To assist you in this program we have provided a series of CNA/GNA Instruction videos. CNA / GNA Instructional Videos These are password protectedYou may only access them using your MYMC username and password. 


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