The state of Maryland takes the training of qualified CNAs very seriously. You will receive extensive training if you wish to start on the path to become a certified nursing assistant in Maryland.
Training Hours and Requirements
You will learn the skills you need to provide excellent care as a nursing assistant when attending a training course. It is necessary to enroll in training course that has been approved by the state if you want to be eligible to sit for certification testing. The state of Maryland requires at least 100 hours of training for potential nursing assistants.
Training programs are taught by experienced registered nurses. You will have classroom, lab and clinical instruction providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to be a CNA. When you complete your nursing assistant training class, you will need to sit for the CNA certification exam. T his exam is administered by the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Testing Service of Maryland. You must pass the written as well as the skills test if you wish to become certified.
Application for Endorsement to Transfer CNA Certification to Maryland
Maryland typically only offers certification through endorsement from certain states. If your application for endorsement is not accepted, you will need to attend a training course in Maryland and then challenge the nursing assistant certification exam. Endorsement is usually offered to CNAs who received certification in: Virginia, Maine, Delaware, New York, Illinois, West Virginia, Idaho, Florida, Oregon and Kansas.
Exact Steps For Transfer:
Take the following steps if you are hoping to transfer a CNA certification from one state to the state of Maryland.
- Verify that your certification in the other state is in good standing as well as being up-to-date and still active.
- Contact the Maryland CNA program for an application to transfer your certification. You can call: 410-585-2044 410-585-2044, send a fax request to 410-764-8042 or even email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete each section of the endorsement application as instructed by always answering questions completely and honestly.
- Submit a hard copy of the CNA certification from the state where you are certified.
- Include a passport size photo of yourself with your application.
- Submit proof with your application that you had your fingerprints taken for the background check.
- Send all information to the address on your application and await a response to your application to have your certification transferred.
CNA Certification Renewal in Maryland
When you live in Maryland, your will need to renew your certification every twenty-four months to continue working as a nursing assistant who is certified. You should receive forms a few weeks in advance of your expiration date for certification. Complete all aspects of the form and send it back to the address given to you on the paperwork. This needs to be done before the date that your certification is set to expire. Contact the Board of Nursing if your license has expired and you want to know what steps you must take to renew your nursing assistant certification.
Maryland now offers online CNA certification renewal. You can access it here: http://www.mbon.org/main.php?v=norm&p=0&c=olrenew/index.html