Maryland is a state that is both gorgeous and geographically diverse. It is called home by many who commute to Washington DC, but it also has rural areas nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in the west. Maryland is often found at the cutting edge of healthcare, particularly because it is the home of Johns Hopkins, a well-known research center. In fact, Maryland is home to 50 hospitals and over 28,000 nursing homes that serve the population of just under 6 million. With nearly 14 percent of the population older than 65, CNAs have many opportunities in this Atlantic Coast state to find a meaningful career.
– Capital: Annapolis
– Minimum Wage: $8.75
– Number of Hospitals: 50
– Number of Nursing Homes: 28,487
– Total Population: 5,457,173
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,470,329
– Population (ages 65+): 780,142
– Population (ages 85+): 116,662
– United States Naval Academy
– Johns Hopkins University
– University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland has several levels of nurse aides. CNA is the primary level, and those holding this certification must attend a state-approved training program. It is the stepping-stone to other certifications and is also a required certification for nursing students in the state. The next level is the Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), which is the equivalent to the CNA in most other states. The GNA applicant must also attend a training program and is required to sit for an examination before receiving certification. Other certifications here include Home Health Aide, Dialysis Technician, and Certified Medication Aide. Certified Medication Aides must first be certified as GNAs.
Some state-approved training programs fulfill the requirements for both CNA and GNA simultaneously. However, some students will be required to attend two separate programs. Those applying for GNA training must first hold a CNA certification. They will then need to undergo a full criminal background check and have fingerprints taken. They will also require up-to-date immunizations, a full physical, a negative tuberculosis screening within the past six months, two photos on record and proof of eligibility to work, such as a social security number. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or equivalent. CNAs are required to have 100 total hours of training of which 40 must be in a clinical setting. The rest of the hours are spent in the classroom learning basic nursing skills and theory. GNAs undergo additional training hours.
In Maryland, CNAs are not required to sit for an examination; however, GNAs are required to do so. The GNA certification is required for those who work in a licensed facility that provides elder care. Maryland uses the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) through Pearson Vue, which provides skills and knowledge examinations. However, applicants must register through the Red Cross.
The skills examination tests applicants in five randomly selected skills although at least one skill will be taking a patient measurement, such as blood pressure. The written knowledge examination includes 70 multiple-choice questions. Applicants who prefer to take the test orally will receive 60 multiple-choice theory questions as well as ten multiple-choice questions that test basic comprehension.
Students must apply by the 15th day of the month to be scheduled to take the examination the next month. Students will receive a ticket to test about two weeks before their scheduled testing day. The fee to take both parts of the examination is $105. An additional fee applies to receive the certification from the Red Cross, which is $20 initially. After taking the examination, students will find out immediately whether or not they have passed. Those who have not passed can retake each part of the test up to four times total before being required to retrain. Those who are testing again will only need to pay a fee for the section they are taking. The knowledge test costs $35, and the skills test costs $70.
CNAs moving to Maryland from another state can take part in the reciprocity that the Maryland Board of Nursing offers. CNAs must be currently registered as CNAs with another state and must include a copy of the certificate along with the application to the Maryland Board of Nursing. Additionally, applicants must not have any accusations of abuse, neglect or maltreatment of patients on their records. Those who answer yes on the application to any of the disciplinary questions must include a copy of the court records discussing the discipline.
Applicants will receive a Maryland certificate within 45 days. Out-of-state applicants who are not yet listed on their previous state’s registry will need to complete a Maryland-approved training program. The fee for reciprocity is $20.
Maryland residents with GNA licensure must renew their certificates every two years. Those who have just received their certificates may have less time to renew initially because Maryland requires renewal on the 28th day of the month of the individual’s birthday. GNAs can renew anytime from 60 days before this date to 20 days after it before the license is considered expired. To renew, individuals must have worked at least 16 hours in the past two years. Renewals can be done online or by mail and require the inclusion of the applicant’s social security number. Renewal costs $40 and is payable to the Red Cross.
|Johns Hopkins Hospital||1800 Orleans Street||Baltimore||MD||21287||410-955-5000||Website|
|University Of Maryland Medical Center||22 South Greene Street||Baltimore||MD||21201||410-328-8667||Website|
|Mercy Medical Center||301 St Paul Place||Baltimore||MD||21202||410-332-9000||Website|
|Medstar Union Memorial Hospital||201 East University Parkway||Baltimore||MD||21218||410-554-2000||Website|
|University Of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center||7601 Osler Drive||Towson||MD||21204||410-337-1000||Website|
|Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital||5601 Loch Raven Boulevard||Baltimore||MD||21239||443-444-8000||Website|
|Greater Baltimore Medical Center||6701 North Charles Street||Baltimore||MD||21204||443-849-2000||Website|
|University Of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus||827 Linden Avenue||Baltimore||MD||21201||410-225-8000||Website|
|Holy Cross Hospital||1500 Forest Glen Road||Silver Spring||MD||20910||301-754-7000||Website|
|Sinai Hospital Of Baltimore||2401 West Belvedere Avenue||Baltimore||MD||21215||410-601-9000||Website|
|Western Maryland Regional Medical Center||12500 Willowbrook Road||Cumberland||MD||21502||240-964-7000||Website|
|Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center||9000 Franklin Square Drive||Baltimore||MD||21237||443-777-7000||Website|
|Adventist Behavioral Health Rockville||14901 Broschart Road||Rockville||MD||20850||301-251-4500||Website|
|Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital Of Maryland||9909 Medical Center Drive||Rockville||MD||20850||240-864-6000||Website|
|Anne Arundel Medical Center||2001 Medical Parkway||Annapolis||MD||21401||443-481-1000||Website|
|Atlantic General Hospital||9733 Healthway Drive||Berlin||MD||21811||410-641-1100||Website|
|Bon Secours Baltimore Health System||2000 West Baltimore Street||Baltimore||MD||21223||410-362-3000||Website|
|Brook Lane Health Services||13218 Brook Lane Drive||Hagerstown||MD||21742||301-733-0330||Website|
|Calvert Memorial Hospital||100 Hospital Road||Prince Frederick||MD||20678||410-535-4000||Website|
|Carroll Hospital||200 Memorial Avenue||Westminster||MD||21157||410-848-3000||Website|
|Doctors Community Hospital||8118 Good Luck Road||Lanham||MD||20706||301-552-8118||Website|
|Fort Washington Medical Center||11711 Livingston Road||Fort Washington||MD||20744||301-292-7000||Website|
|Frederick Memorial Hospital||400 West Seventh Street||Frederick||MD||21701||240-566-3300||Website|