CNA License in Maryland

CNA License in Maryland
Staff Writers 5 min read

Would you like to begin an exciting medical career in Maryland after just one or two months of training? If you would, you should consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state. CNAs in Maryland benefit from comfortable salaries, plentiful job opportunities across the state, a wealth of emotional rewards, flexible work schedules, and no complex licensing procedure or requirements.

Certification Requirements in Maryland

The Maryland Board of Nursing regulates the training and certification requirements for aspiring CNAs in the state. According to the Board, the requirement for becoming a CNA and obtaining a CNA certificate in Maryland is to complete a state-approved CNA program. After meeting this requirement, graduates can, and often do, apply and sit for a Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) exam offered through the Susquehanna Red Cross (The Maryland Geriatric Nursing Assistant Testing Service (MDGNATS)). The Susquehanna Red Cross tells the Board who passes the examination. Those passing the examination are given GNA certification. No new certificate will be issued. GNA certification will appear on the CNA certificate at the next renewal.

How to Get Your CNA Certification in Maryland

Once you fulfill the CNA training requirement, you will be able to apply for certification with the Maryland Board of Nursing. The application is to be completed by the training program and must include a 2"x2" full-face photograph and the appropriate fee, which is currently $20.

How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Maryland

If there comes a time when you need to verify your CNA status in Maryland, you can do so on the Maryland Board of Nursing website at On that page, click on "Verify a Nursing Assistant’s Certification." Then on “Proceed to look up your license/certification.” This will lead you to the tool you need to check your status.

How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Maryland

In Maryland, you will need to renew on-line 60 days before and 30 days after the expiration date of your certification (the 28th day of your birth month). You can renew online by going to the same page as above and clicking on “Certified Nursing Assistant Online Certification Renewal.” After reading the details there, you need to click “Proceed to Log In” to log in to your account and initiate the renewal process.

How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in Maryland

If your certificate expired, you must contact the Maryland Board of Nursing, Nursing Assistant Certification Program, at (410) 585-2041.

How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from Maryland to Another State

In most cases, you will simply need to verify your CNA status in Maryland to transfer said certification to another state. However, since there may be other requirements, you should contact the other state's CNA regulatory agency. You can locate the proper agency by using the CNA regulatory agencies search tool, which can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Maryland Nurse Aide Registry

If you have additional questions, contact the Maryland Nurse Aide Registry at:

Maryland Board of Nursing

4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-1900
Fax: (410) 764-8042
Registry Search

State-Approved CNA Programs in Maryland

Finding a top-quality school that offers a CNA program in Maryland does not have to be difficult with the presence of such excellent facilities as:

  1. Allegany College of Maryland

    12401 Willowbrook Rd, La Vale, MD 21502
  2. American Health Career Institute

    2520 Pennsylvania Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
  3. American Red Cross

    4800 Mt Hope Dr, Baltimore, MD 21215
  4. Anne Arundel Community College

    101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
  5. Cambridge Nursing Assistant Academy

    431 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
  6. Cambridge Nursing Assistant Academy

    3311 Toledo Terrace Unit C-202, Hyattsville, MD 20782
  7. Carroll Community College

    1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
  8. Carroll County Career & Technology Center

    1229 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
  9. Cecil College

    1 Seahawk Dr, North East, MD 21901
  10. Center of Applied Technologies North

    800 Stevenson Rd, Severn, MD 21144
  11. Chesapeake College

    1000 College Cir, Queenstown, MD 21658
  12. College of Southern Maryland

    8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646
  13. College of Southern Maryland

    22950 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650
  14. College of Southern Maryland

    115 J W Williams Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
  15. Community College of Baltimore County

    10300 Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117
  16. Compassionate Academy

    1835 University Blvd E, Adelphi, MD 20783
  17. Dominion Academy & Healthcare Services

    8855 Annapolis Rd #305, Lanham, MD 20706
  18. Fomen Nursing Assistant Training Academy

    7452 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
  19. Frederick Community College

    7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
  20. Gandhi Health Career Services

    1400 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208
  21. Garrett College

    687 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
  22. Hagerstown Community College

    11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742
  23. Harford Community College

    401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015
  24. Health Focus, Inc.

    4900 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206
  25. Heritage Learning Center

    4922 Lasalle Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782
  26. Howard Community College

    10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
  27. It Works Learning Center, Inc.

    1217 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21223
  28. Knowledge First Institute

    11510 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
  29. Maryland Center for Adult Training, Inc.

    2901 Druid Park Dr #303, Baltimore, MD 21215
  30. Montgomery College Health Sciences Center

    7977 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  31. Premier Healthcare Institute

    10240 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903
  32. Quality First Career Center, Inc.

    6475 New Hampshire Ave #501, Hyattsville, MD 20783
  33. Stein Academy

    3610 Milford Mill Rd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244
  34. The Nursing Assistant Academy

    5811 Baltimore Ave #101, Riverdale, MD 20737
  35. Trinity Nursing Academy

    186 Thomas Johnson Dr, Frederick, MD 21702
  36. Woodstock Job Corps Center

    10900 Old Court Rd, Woodstock, MD 21163

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