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Would you like to work in a hospital or long-term care facility, assisting nurses and medical staff? Prepare to earn your license as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with training from AACC. Learn to perform duties such as answering patients' call lights, serving meals, making beds, and helping patients eat, dress and bathe. As a CNA, you’ll work shifts during the day, evening or overnight.

Learn more at an upcoming registration session

What courses will I take?

Three courses are required to complete the program:

NRN-343 CNA Theory

NRN-344 CNA Skills Lab/Clinical

OPA-354 Workforce Success Skills

What will it cost?

The total program cost for Anne Arundel County residents is $2,796. The cost of the Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification exam is not included in the course cost.

What credentials can I earn?

Students who successfully complete the training are eligible to apply for a CNA license from the Maryland Board of Nursing.

What are the requirements?

  • Interested students must first attend a mandatory information session. Find and register for an upcoming session.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 and have an eighth-grade or better reading level. Most employers require 18 or older and a high school or GED® diploma
  • The program requires study time outside of class and includes college-level texts. All tests must be passed prior to the start of clinical training. Clinical training requires written documentation of MMR and varicella immunity, a negative TB test or chest X-ray within the last 12 months, and Hepatitis B immunity or waiver.
  • The cost of the Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification exam is not included in the course cost.
  • The Maryland Board of Nursing requires fingerprinting and background checks for certification.

Related Studies: Patient Care Technician

For those wishing to further their career after earning CNA certification, AACC offers advanced patient care tech classes:

Learn more about the Patient Care Technician program.

How to Enroll

The courses on this page are noncredit, meaning you won’t earn college credit toward a degree. You don’t need to apply. Just choose a program or course that interests you, and check the noncredit schedule for a class that fits your schedule. 

For help, email or call the Instructional Support Center at 410-777-2325.

Find a course using our online course search.

Learn more about registering for noncredit courses.