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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.

When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared to take the GNA exam, and we’re committed to providing help with job placement to all of our graduates.

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

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