CNA Classes in Maryland (MD)

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:

  • Be at least 18.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Clear a state and federal criminal background check.

Training and Testing

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:

  • Have an expired CNA license.
  • Earned a CNA license from another NNAAP state.
  • Completed a CNA training program in the past 12 months.
  • Are currently enrolled in nursing school.
  • Have completed course work in a nursing program and worked as a CNA in the past year.
  • Have a nursing degree from an accredited US institution.
  • Have a nursing degree from a foreign university and have an up-to-date foreign license.

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:

  • Written and skills test: $95
  • Written test only: $40
  • Skills test only: $55
  • Oral and skills test: $115
  • Oral exam only: $60
  • Background check fee: $57.25

License Renewal

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.

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