Maryland CNA Certification and Licensing
Maryland CNA Program Basics
The Maryland Board of Nursing has approved over 100 certified nursing assistant training programs throughout the state. Each program differs in length of hours and other requirements, such as age. Most programs require that the applicant be at least 18 years of age. However, there are several that will allow applicants as young as 16 years old to complete the program. Nearly all employers will require that their nurse assistants be age 18 upon hiring. When applying the potential student must offer proof of receiving all vaccinations; titers are acceptable proof. All training programs have the requirement that applicants pass a criminal background check. A conviction of a violent crime will automatically disqualify an individual from the program.
Maryland CNA Training Requirements
All of the programs in Maryland consist of classroom instruction and clinical instruction. There are several different types of nurse assistants in Maryland - certified nurse aide, geriatric nurse aide, medicine aide, and developmental disabilities aides to name a few. All have different requirements for certification but each has one thing in common - an applicant must complete a state approved nurse aide training program before moving on. Certain titles may also require that the aide have worked for at least a year for pay as a certified nurse assistant. The facility is not important, as long as the aide has been employed in a healthcare setting of some type.
Maryland CNA Certification Reciprocity
The state of Maryland's Board of Nursing does participate in reciprocity. A nurse assistant from another state may apply for reciprocity and their Maryland CNA certification will be granted if the transferring CNA holds an active certification in good standing with the state they are certified in. This means that there should be no convictions of neglect or abuse of patients on the aide's registry history. These convictions will lead to denial of transfer.
Maryland CNA Examination Requirements
After completion of the training course, the student will sit for state examination. To become certified, the student must pass two sections - a written and a manual skills evaluation. Failure to complete both with a passing grade will require re-taking of the exam. Students that fail the exam three times must re-take the entire certified nursing assistant course before sitting for the examination again.
Maryland CNA Certification Renewal
Maryland certified nurse aides must renew their certification every two years. Initial cost of certification is about $20 and re-certification is about $40 every two years. An aide must prove they have worked during the past two years as a CNA for pay; employers may be required to submit this information on behalf of the aide.