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CNA & GNA Training Programs

  • What does CNA stand for?

    CNA stands for certified nursing assistant. A certified nursing assistant or certified nurse aide is someone who has successfully completed an approved nursing assistant training program. Upon program completion the graduate must submit an application to become certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The application fee is $20.00 for initial applicants and $40.00 for renewal applicants.

  • What does a CNA do?

    CNAs work under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse (LPN or RN) and are an important part of the healthcare team. CNAs assist residents or patients with activities of daily living. Examples of activities of daily living are bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, transferring and positioning. CNAs also collect important information such as vital signs, and intake & output and report it to the licensed nurse. CNAs work very hard to ensure that their residents or patients are safe and comfortable.

  • What does a GNA stand for?

    GNA stands for geriatric nursing assistant.

  • What is the difference between a CNA and a GNA?

    A CNA is a person who has completed an approved nursing assistant program and has been certified as nursing assistant by the board of nursing. A GNA is a CNA who has passed the GNA state exam.

  • What is the cost of the GNA exam?

    The cost of GNA exam is $105.00. This exam is not mandatory, meaning required. Only CNAs who want to work in nursing homes or on rehabilitation units in the hospital are mandated to be certified as GNAs in Maryland.

  • How long does the CNA and GNA certification last?

    After your first renewal, your certification will need to be renewed every two years.

  • Is there a cost associated with renewing your CNA and GNA certification?

    Yes, the cost is $40.00 every two years. The $40.00 covers the cost of your CNA and GNA certification.

  • Can I use my certification as a nursing assistant in another state?

    If you are certified as a nursing assistant in a state and wish to transfer or obtain certification as a nursing assistant in another state, you must contact that state’s board of nursing. For example, you are certified as a nursing assistant in Pennsylvania and wish to become certified as a nursing assistant in Maryland. You must contact the Maryland Board of Nursing. Some states may accept your certification from your home state, while others may not. In that case you would have to complete an approved nursing assistant training program again.

  • I was a CNA in the past, but it has expired. Do I need to take the entire program again?

    If your license has been expired for 24 months or longer, you are required to retake the entire nursing assistant training program again. If it has been less than 24 months, you should contact the Maryland board of nursing (MBON).

  • Where can I work as a CNA?

    Becoming a certified nursing assistant offers endless possibilities. As a certified nursing assistant (CNA) you can work in hospitals, assisted living facilities, adult daycare centers, home care agencies and in the school system.

  • What should I look for in a nursing assistant training program?

    Please see our blog post

Registering at Top Knowledge Healthcare Institute

  • Where is the school located?

    Top Knowledge is located at 19 East Fayette Street, Suite 401, Baltimore, MD 21202. We are on the corner of E. Fayette and St. Paul St. Also, we are across the street from the Clarence Mitchell courthouse and we are located in the same building as Walgreens.

  • What is the total cost of the program?

    The total cost of the program is $1295.00. This price includes your tuition, textbook, background check, registration fee and skills bag.

  • What items should I bring when I come to register?

    Photo ID, Social Security Card, High school diploma, college diploma or GED and $100.00 for the registration fee to hold your seat in the class.

  • If I don’t have a diploma or a GED can I still apply to your program?

    Yes, you will have to come in between the hours of 8:30-5:00 pm to take the test. The test is free. It is a basic English and Math test that will take about 60-90 minutes.

  • I graduated from high school but I can’t find my diploma. What should I do?

    You can go to the high school that you graduated from and bring a copy of your high school transcript. Also, if you graduated from college you can bring your college diploma.

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