CNA Training in Maryland

There is a wide range of salary levels for CNAs in Maryland, from just under $30,000 per year to over $40,000 per year. This is due in part to the various levels of being a CNA based on the CNA training in Maryland and certification that the person has undertaken. While there is the basic CNA certification, one can also obtain additional certificates to expand their duties and thus their pay. The following are the additional certifications that can be added to the basic CNA certification:

  • Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) - requires passing a GNA exam that meets federal requirements. This level is required for CNAs to work in licensed comprehensive care facilities.

  • Home Health Aide (HHA) – requires additional training and is required to be able to work in licensed home health agencies.

  • Certified Medicine Aide (CMA) – requires having worked a minimum of one year as a GNA, completion of a 60 hour medicine aide course, and meet state requirements.

  • Dialysis Technician – requires meeting training requirements in a board approved CNA-DT training program

The Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) maintains a listing of approved CNA classes in Maryland. This listing can be found at http://www.mbon.org/cna/approved_na_training_programs.pdf. It includes schools, colleges, freestanding programs, nursing homes, hospitals, school health aide programs, developmental disabilities administration (DDA), Dialysis Technician programs, EMT to CNA programs, CNA to GNA programs, CMA programs, nursing school course equivalents, military program equivalents, and approved out-of-state schools of nursing with equivalent CNA courses.

Additionally, complete contact information for the MBON approved CMA training programs can be found at www.mbon.org/main.php?v=norm&p=0&c=medaide/cma_programs.html.

If you are interested in the pass rates of the various approved programs, you can find this on the Maryland Board of Nursing website. They currently list years 2004 through 2008.