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Comprehensive CNA/GNA Training Program

Program Information

Students enrolled in the certified nursing assistant/geriatric nursing assistant (CNA/GNA) certification program can complete this course in as little as 4 weeks! Our CNA/GNA certification program meets all federal and state training requirements. This course prepares students to function in the role of a nursing assistant under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). This course is also designed to meet the curriculum requirements set forth by the Maryland Board of Nursing and Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The CNA/GNA certification program is 115 hours in length. It is divided into a theory, laboratory and clinical component. The theory component consists of 40 hours, the laboratory component is 35 hours and the clinical component is 40 hours. Described below is a detailed description of each component of the CNA/GNA certification program.


This part of the CNA/GNA course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge needed to perform basic patient care services for patients and residents under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Students enrolled in the CNA/GNA certification program are taught principles of hygiene and grooming, basic anatomy and physiology, nutrition, medical terminology, principles of toileting, principles of infection control, communication techniques, measuring of vital signs, and other exciting topics. Teaching methods involves a variety of strategies such as demonstration, simulation, gaming, and group discussions.


Along with lecture, students enrolled in the CNA/GNA certification program are taught practical hands-on skills. To ensure our students have mastered these skills, the school has doubled the minimum required hours from 16 hours to 35 hours. This has helped boost the confidence of our students and has empowered them to become the best CNA/GNA possible. Some of the practical skills learned in the CNA/GNA certification program include:

  • Transferring, ambulating, positioning and moving patients
  • Measuring vital signs and weight
  • Performing personal hygiene and grooming
  • Feeding
  • Hand washing
  • Bed making


Students enrolled in the CNA/GNA certification program are required to complete a 40-hour clinical externship. This 40-hour clinical externship will occur in a long-term care facility in the Baltimore area and is affiliated with the school. Prior to this experience, you will be given an orientation of the facility and the facility’s policies and procedures. During this clinical externship you will gain hands-on practical experience. You will also be under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse.

Daytime CNA/GNA Program Class Schedule

  • 4 weeks in duration
  • Includes 3 weeks of classroom and 1 week of clinical
  • Class hours: Monday-Friday from 9 am – 2:30 pm
  • Clinical hours: Monday-Friday from 7 am – 3:30 pm
Upcoming CNA/GNA training schedule of classes for the Daytime Certified Nursing Assistant training program.
Daytime Program Start DateDaytime Program End Date
November 12December 12
January 7February 8

Evening CNA/GNA Program Class Schedule

  • 5 weeks in duration
  • Includes 4 weeks of classroom and 1 week of clinical
  • Class hours: Monday-Thursday from 6 pm-10:30 pm
  • Clinical hours: Monday-Thursday from 3 pm-11:30 pm
Upcoming CNA/GNA training schedule of classes for the Evening Certified Nursing Assistant training program.
Evening Program Start DateEvening Program End Date
October 1November 6
January 14February 15

Weekend CNA/GNA Program Class Schedule

  • 9 weeks in duration
  • Includes 6.5 weeks of classroom and 2.5 weeks of clinical
  • Class hours: Saturday from 9 am-4 pm and Sunday from 10:30 am- 4 pm
  • Clinical hours: Saturday and Sunday from 7 am-3:30 pm
Upcoming CNA/GNA training schedule of classes for the Weekend Certified Nursing Assistant training program.
Weekend Program Start DateWeekend Program End Date
October 13December 9
March 9April 21

Requirements for Enrollment

For Traditional CNA/GNA Program:

Registration Requirements 1 – 4 have to be met by the time of registration.

Registration requirements 5 – 8 have to be met by the first day of class.

  1. Bring your photo ID and your social security card
  2. Complete our enrollment application. You can also download, print and complete enrollment application. Please bring the application with you at the time of registration.
  3. Bring your high school diploma, college diploma or  GED. If you don’t have a high school diploma you can take a basic English proficiency test.
  4. Bring your $100.00 registration fee. Payments can be made by credit card (VISA, Mastercard, and American Express), cashier check or money order.
  5. Acceptable Background check. Click here for the background check form and instructions.
  6. CPR certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A CPR class will be offered during the course of the program. The cost of the 5-hour class is $60.00.
  7. Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine or signed waiver form. Click here for the Hepatitis B waiver form.
  8. Proof of a current health physical examination and PPD (Tuberculosis) test within 9 months of the enrollment date. Click here for the school physical form.

Traditional CNA/GNA Program Tuition and Costs

Grand Total$1345.00
Registration Fee$ 100.00
Textbook and Workbook$ 50.00
Background Check for CNA License-Payable to CJIS$ 50.00

Payment Plans

Morning & Evening CNA/GNA Training Program Payment Schedule

Amount Due Date
$100.00At Registration
$395.00First Day of Class
$400.00Week 2
$400.00Week 3

Weekend CNA/GNA Training Program Payment Schedule

Amount Due Date
$100.00At Registration
$395.00First Day of Class
$400.00Week 3
$400.00Week 6

To learn more about Top Knowledge Healthcare Institute’s CNA/GNA certification training program, contact us today.

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