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

This program is offered three times a year in the fall, spring, and summer.

Certified Nursing Assistant Orientation Session
Geriatric patient

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 1st exam with an 80% or better. Those who do not pass the first exam will not be allowed to sit for the second exam which also must be passed with a score of 80% or better. In order to sign up for the program students must pass both tests with a score of 80% or better. These 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, as well as a Social Security Number for nursing homes that require criminal background checks prior to being on their premises for educational purposes. You must obtain a CPR Health Provider certification before the start of clinical or midterm; a negative TB skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray may be required before class starts. Additional Fees: There will be additional fees for TB test, CPR training, CNA application, GNA application, fingerprinting, and uniforms. These costs will be discussed at orientation.

Certified Nursing Assistant Classroom, ▲ AHT028, 88 hours

Through lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice you will learn basic nursing skills such as taking vital signs, assuring patient safety, and caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Written exams in the classroom portion of this program must be passed with an average of 80% or better, and 20 skills must be learned and tested on before students can go on to Clinical.

Prerequisites: Attending the CNA Orientation Session and scoring at least 80% on both the mandatory reading and math tests. A criminal background check may be required; obtain a CPR Health Provider certification before the start of clinical or midterm; a negative TB skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray may be required before class starts.

Certified Nursing Assistant Clinical, ▲AHT223, 60 hours

This course is only for students who have successfully completed Certified Nursing Assistant Classroom. Under the direction and supervision of an RN Instructor, students are assigned to care for patients using the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom such as taking vital signs, assisting with feeding, giving bed baths, assisting with ambulation, and helping residents with activities of daily living.

After successful completion of the classroom and clinical portions, you will receive an attendance award from Montgomery College. You may then apply to take the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Licensing examination.

Be sure to play the video which provides some very helpful tips to students success.

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  • location: 7977 Georgia Ave.
  • Silver Spring, MD 20910
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  • Takoma Park, MD 20912

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