Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

CNAs are in high demand - many of our students have jobs before they graduate!

Learn to provide patients hands-on care under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. Approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON), this program enables graduates to apply for certification as a CNA with the MBON and to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination to be certified as a GNA.

Required Assessment Testing for this program is available online.

Please email dreimer@harford.edu for more information.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2018 median salary for Certified Nursing Assistants in Maryland was $31,310 per year. Employment is expected to grow 11% from 2016-2026, faster than the national average.


  • Must be at least 16* years of age and have a high school diploma or GED
  • 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
  • Health Assessment, including immunization record; prior to clinical
  • Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR certification (American Heart Association); provided in class prior to clinical

*Must be enrolled in high school if 16.

Required Courses:

  • Nursing Assistant Theory
  • Nursing Assistant Clinical

Approximate cost of the program is $1,850, which includes Healthcare Provider BLS certification, fingerprinting, and MBON registration. Textbooks and other required materials not included in this estimate. For more information, visit the FAQs page under Related Links.

Noncredit Registration

Textbooks & Materials:

Textbook required. All textbooks for noncredit classes are available at the College Store located in the Student Center.

  • HCC Clinical Patch (available at the College Store)
  • Navy Blue Scrubs
  • Watch with a Second Hand
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Contact Information

For more information, please call 443-412-2172 or email healthcaretraining@harford.edu

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