CNA Classes Laurel, MD

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) have a critical role in the delivery of healthcare in long-term care facilities. They collaborate with other members of the healthcare team in assisted living facilities, patients’ homes, and hospitals, working on the front lines to offer physical and emotional support to patients. Certified Nurse Aide programs provide adults with the basic skills to tend to patients’ most important needs. With additional training and certification, many CNAs can expand their role to assume a supportive role in the administration of medications, surgical procedures, and the delivery of babies. CNA programs also provide a strong foundation for those preparing to enroll in a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse program. The training and experience as a CNA may help candidates secure a spot in these competitive admission programs.

Aspire Services Inc

The Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate program at Aspire Services Inc covers 130 hours of classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for state certification. The program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing, and graduates will have the skills needed to take the GNA. Course topics include anatomy and physiology, infection control, vital signs, basic nursing skills, the role and responsibility of a nursing assistant, communication and interpersonal skills, and hospice care. The course duration is 6 to 8 weeks depending on the schedule. Morning classes Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for 5 weeks in the classroom. Class times are 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. During the sixth and final week, students will complete 40 hours at a clinical site. Clinical times are 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. Clinical times are subject to change.

Admission criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Pass an entrance exam with a score of 85% or higher
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide proof of immunization – Hepatitis B vaccine (or waiver)
  • Negative TB test or chest x-ray
  • A recent physical – not older than 6 months
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Current CPR certification and First Aid

Visit Aspire Services for a current schedule of classes and tuition.

Laurel High School

The nursing assistant program at Laurel High School is designed to give high school seniors the preparation to launch a career in health. The program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing so graduates are eligible to sit the state certification exam. The curriculum includes classroom theory as well as direct patient care experiences in a long-term care facility. Students practice the 20 essential skills that will be tested on the state exam. These skills include the use of bedpan, transfer belt, handwashing, measuring urinary output and blood pressure, counting and recording respiration, perineal care, positioning patients, range of motion, ambulation, cleaning dentures, dressing and personal care, feeding clients, and foot care. The duration of the program is one year.

Howard Community College

Howard Community College prepares adults for a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in just six to eight weeks. Under the direction of professionally trained instructors, students will develop the skills to work in acute or long-term care. The curriculum includes classroom and practical learning experiences in accordance with the Maryland Board of Nursing regulations. It covers 145 hours in total. This includes 100 hours in theory and 45 hours of clinical training. Graduates will be eligible to take the State Geriatric Nursing Assistant exam to obtain a license from the Board. They will earn 14.5 CEUs upon completion of the program. The program is delivered in hybrid format for added flexibility. The classroom and clinical sessions run simultaneously. However, candidates must register for both the Theory and the Clinic

Admission criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Submit documentation of immunization – Hepatitis B
  • Negative TB test or chest x-ray
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a reading exam – allow two hours to complete the test

Access to the clinical site will depend on the outcome of the criminal background check. HCC will not refund tuition or fees to candidates who are denied access to the site. Tuition for the program is $1,500 and includes $740 in fees. The cost does not include course materials and background check.

Dominion Academy Inc

The nursing assistant program at Dominion is four weeks. The curriculum covers a total of 120 hours of instruction: 60 hours in the classroom, 18 hours of simulated lab, and 42 hours at a clinical site. Areas of study include but are not limited to infection control, medical terminology, vital signs, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and feeding, range of motion, position, perineal care, observation and reporting, safety and emergency procedures, and hospice care. Classes meet from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm five days a week for 4 weeks. The evening program meets Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm for four weeks. Class size is limited to 12 students to facilitate a 1:12 classroom ratio. Registration for the program costs $50 and is non-refundable.

Prince George’s Community College

The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Prince George’s Community College may be completed in as little as 8 weeks. At the conclusion of the state-approved curriculum, students are eligible to take the GNA exam to work in a long-term care facility. The curriculum covers the skills need to care for patients in a long-term care facility, including personal care and hygiene, anatomy and physiology, mental health, infection control, vital signs, communication, nutrition and feeding, perineal care, positioning, range of motion, and death and dying. The program is offered on a part-time day or evening basis. Candidates must register for both the Theory and Clinical sessions. Registration for the CNA Theory requires a score of 45 or better on a reading placement test or college transcripts. Registration for the CNA Clinical requires up-to-date immunizations, CPR for Health Professionals, a criminal background check, and good standing in the CNA Theory class. Tuition for the Theory and Clinical costs $1,350. Other costs include textbook, CPR certification, criminal background check, GNA exam fee, and CNA licensure.

Perpetual School of Nursing

The Nursing Assistant Training program at the Perpetual School of Nursing covers 4 weeks of training. Included in the training is three weeks of lectures and hands-on practice in a simulated lab and one week of supervised clinical experiences in a long-term care facility. Graduates of the Board approved program are eligible to take the GNA and take an active role caring for the sick or disabled in their communities. Experienced teachers and clinical instructors guide students through the subject areas that will prepare them to deliver safe and competent care. Subject areas include but are not limited to anatomy and physiology, measuring vital signs, observation and reporting, basic nursing skills, preventing the spread of infection, personal hygiene, communication skills, the role of the nursing assistant, and hospice care. The program is offered based on a morning and evening schedule. Morning classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Evening classes meet Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Students must complete 50 lecture hours, 28 lab hours, and 42 clinical hours. Tuition costs $900. The course textbook and uniform cost $130. Additional costs to be incurred by the student include FBI Fingerprints for Certification, a watch with a second hand, and MBON Certification. Registration is free.

The following is another Board-approved program offering CNA training in Laurel, Maryland.

Demas Healthcare Facility

9101 Cherry Ln, Ste 212
Laurel, Maryland 20707


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Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.