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Nurse assistant helping patient

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 about upcoming, mandatory CNA/GNA/PCT information sessions.

What courses will I take?

These three courses are required to complete the program:

NRN-343 CNA Theory

  • Must pass a reading assessment prior to enrolling in the program

NRN-344 CNA Skills Lab/Clinical

OPA-346 Career Development

What will it cost?

The total program cost for Anne Arundel County residents is $2,789.

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?

Applicants must be at least 16 and have an eighth-grade or better reading level. Most employers require 18 years or older and a high school diploma or GED.

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.

You must pass a reading assessment prior to enrolling in the program.

The Maryland Board of Nursing requires fingerprinting and background checks for certification.

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. Note the course number, section number and start date and register through our online portal, MyAACC.

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.

Interested students must first attend a mandatory information session.

Register for an upcoming CNA/GNA/PCT information session.