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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 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

NRN-344 CNA Skills Lab/Clinical

OPA-354 Workforce Success Skills

Patient Care Technician

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

OPA-359 Patient Care Technician: Theory

OPA-360 Patient Care Technician: Lab

What will it cost?

The total program cost for Anne Arundel County residents is $2,795. The cost of the Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification exam is not included in the course cost.

AACC is offering students in select programs the opportunity to enroll without the financial burden of paying for college. Eligible students can now attend AACC with all tuition and fees paid through scholarships.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program is fully supported by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) I and II Funds of the U.S. Department of Education as part of a financial assistance award totaling $364,000 for direct student aid for the fall 2021 term.

Attend an information session to learn more.

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 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.
  • 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.