Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant

Maryland Center for Adult Training (MCAT) currently offers customized and tuition based training courses. Our Certified Nursing/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CNA/GNA) training course is 8 weeks long. Each student receives 6 weeks of vigorous training, 2 weeks of clinical and 1 week additional skills review for GNA test. The course provides the knowledge and skills required for individuals seeking employment as Nursing Assistants in long-term and acute care facilities. The course combines nursing assistant theoretical lectures of health and disease across the life span, hands on client care skills in a practice lab setting, First Aid/CPR certification, and preparation for the State Board of Nursing exam and other job readiness skills. The course consists of 98 hours of classroom instruction and 48 hours of instruction in a clinical setting using skills acquired in the classroom. Students who successfully complete Nursing Assistant training are then placed on the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) registry.



The CNA/GNA certification program is based on 138 clock hours:

Nursing Assistant Theory Part I- 90 hours
Nursing Assistant Clinical Part 2- 48 hours

  • Immunizations records, including: MMR, Varicella (chicken pox) and PPD results (negative chest x-ray if PPD is positive)
  • Pass drug screen
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs and to reach overhead
  • Positive attitude