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Patient Care Technician/Geriatric Nursing Assistant

This two-course sequence is designed for persons who wish to function as multi-skilled workers at area hospitals. After completing this course of study, students will be able to provide direct patient care and perform advanced skills, including phlebotomy, under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Patient Care Technician/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Program

The Patient Care Technician/Geriatric Nursing Assistant and Advanced Patient Care Technician courses are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing for CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification and approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as meeting requirements for the state registry exam for geriatric nursing assistant. 

State-of-the-Art Laboratories
Our students practice simulated nursing skills in a college lab with state-of-the-art equipment.

Admission to the Program 
Selection for the PCT/GNA program is on a rolling admissions basis. Admission requirements are available online. In order to apply for admission, you must also attend an information session. Applications are available online and at Florestano 100.


For more information, email or call 410-777-7310.

First consideration for selection will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least three months prior to the date the application is submitted. This is verified by completing the Address Verification form, which must be completed and submitted to the college Records office as part of the application process. Applicants will receive the Address Verification form once their application is reviewed. If not selected for the initial class, the Address Verification form must be resubmitted to the Records office. For questions concerning address verification, please call 410-777-2721. 

Attend an information session. These informal sessions discuss special academic and admission requirements, class schedules, cost and career opportunities. View the information session schedule or call 410-777-7310 for more information. Permission of the nursing department and acceptance into the program are required to register for these classes.

Special Academic Requirements
Students must demonstrate reading and mathematics proficiency by taking the college English and mathematics placement tests and show:

  • Eligibility for ENG 002 and RDG 027 for NUR 100
  • Eligibility for MAT 010
  • Eligibility for ENG 111 for NUR 103

Must successfully complete the American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers.

Technical Standards
Must submit a completed Health Examination Record prior to registration. 

Criminal Background Check 
Must submit a criminal background check prior to beginning the course.