To become a CNA in Maryland, first you need to meet some basic requirements. Then you pass your certification exam. This exam is managed by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Finally, your name will be added to the Maryland nurse aide registry. Once added, you can start working as a CNA.
To enroll in a certification program in Maryland, you must:
State-accredited CNA training programs take 3 months to complete. You’ll take 100-120 course hours. This is divided between hands-on training and classroom study. You might be able to take the certification exam without first enrolling in a program if you:
Once you finish training, you have 4 attempts and 12 months to pass the exam. If you fail, you must go through a CNA training program again.You can take a job as a nurse aide before being certified in Maryland. If you enroll in an approved CNA program, you can work in a health care center or nursing home for up to 120 days before getting your license. If you’re not certified within 120 days, however, you must cease work until you pass the exam.
CNA training in Maryland costs about $1,000. You also need to pay testing fees.If you work at an approved nursing home or care facility, your employer may pay for your training and testing fees. Exam fees are:
Your CNA license will expire after 24 months. The Maryland Board of Nursing will send you a notification via USPS about 2 months before your license invalidates. You can renew your license by proving employment as a CNA. If you’re not working at a nursing facility and haven’t worked as a CNA for the past 24 months, then you must pay a $40 reactivation fee.