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Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Aide Certificate

Healthcare made personal
Our CNA/GNA program offers affordable, high-quality training for an in-demand career in healthcare. Our one-semester training instructs students on the skills necessary to work in a variety of healthcare agencies through classroom, hands-on lab practice and clinical experience. Daytime, evening, credit and continuing education options are available. Become a CNA: Healthcare made personal!
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 223
What will you learn?
  • Basic medical techniques
    • Observing & recording blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature.

  • Basic medical knowledge
    • Body systems and diseases

    • Terminology
    • Medical Math
  • Beside care
    • Personal Hygiene

    • Nutrition
    • Comfort care
  • Safe and efficient work practices
What will you do?
  • CNA/GNAs work in a variety of settings providing direct care to clients at:
    • Nursing Homes
    • Home Health agencies
    • Hospitals
  • Follow care plans under supervision of an RN
  • Monitor and report physical, emotional, and behavioral changes
  • Measure and record vital signs
  • Care for patients through all stages of life

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Program Details

Our CNA/GNA program is a 16-credit program designed to be completed in one semester (or may be taken in two). Students can register for these classes through Continuing Education or as a credit course. Financial Aid is available for qualifying credit students. Limited financial aid may be available for CE students.

Throughout the classroom portion, students work in our contemporary skills lab for hands-on learning. After completing the classroom/skills session, students practice their skills and knowledge under the supervision of their instructor during their 45-hour clinical at a local nursing home.

Our program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, which allows students who complete the program to apply for certification in Maryland. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam, which gives them the Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification. This is required to work in a MD nursing home.

The CNA/GNA program at ACM is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

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The Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Aide program at Allegany College of Maryland is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Admissions Criteria

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • The graduate will be prepared to function in a health care environment utilizing professional standards of conduct, and safe standard precautions, to deliver competent bedside care.
  • The graduate will be prepared to take and pass the NNAAP certification test for the Maryland Board of Nursing.
Learning Outcomes
  • Identify general information pertaining to the role of the nursing assistant/geriatric aide in providing bedside care.
  • Communicate professionally, both written and oral, with patients and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of caring for the patient in a healthcare environment.
  • Provide an environment that promotes safety and well-being for clients, caregivers, and others during the delivery of basic patient care by demonstrating proficiency in performing the Maryland BON required skills.
  • Identify common health problems associated with each body system.
  • Solve basic math problems and conversions, along with vital sign measurements using analytical thinking.

Student Achievement
Pass rates for the GNA exam
Year Semester Sat for NNAPP Exam Passed NNAAP Exam ACM Pass Rate
2021 Spring 7 7 100%
2020 Fall 3 3 100%
2020 Spring 5 5 100%
2019 Fall 8 8 100%
2019 Summer 5 5 100%
2019 Spring 5 5 100%
2018 Fall 12 12 100%
2018 Spring 5 5 100%


Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of nursing.

Diana Folk
Coordinator Allied Health Technician Programs

Allied Health 224

A.S., A.A.S, A.A., of Allegany College of Maryland

Beverley Shank, RN

Allied Health 225

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Debra Brodbeck, RN

Allied Health 225

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Patricia Webb, RN
Clinical Instructor


A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Regina Branson, RN
Clinical Instructor


 BSN, University of MD; MSN, Mountain State University

Cindy Gero
Introduction to Health & Wellness Instructor

Allied Health 225

B.S., M.B.A., University of Maryland

Kathy Condor
Director of Humans Services

Continuing Education 22

B.A., DePaul University

Becky Ryan
Program Assistant

Allied Health 223

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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