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CNA to GNA Program Instructions

Please Read Before Completing Form


In the state of Maryland, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is anyone that has completed a Maryland Board of Nursing-approved training program.  Anyone that holds a CNA must register with the board of nursing and maintain that registration.  A Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) is a licensed CNA that has also completed the written (or oral) and skills components of the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam.


This program is for Maryland CNAs that have graduated from a Maryland Board of Nursing-approved CNA program within the last 12 months. GNAs that have an expired license may also take this course to re-certify if he or she has had an active license within the past two years.   

If you register for our program, you must also register to take the NNAAP exam at our facility.  This can be done by clicking the "NNAAP Exam Registration" button below.  A schedule of the available test dates is also available by clicking the "NNAAP Exam Schedule" button below. 


Our program is designed so that participants review the written and skills material necessary to pass the exam in the days prior to the exam.  Participants will be reviewing the written exam material and practicing skills in the same exact rooms where they will take the actual exam.  Courses are scheduled to begin on Tuesday and end on Friday, participants will then take the NNAAP exam in our facility the following day (Saturday).  


Heritage Care does not do the scheduling for the NNAAP exam and therefore it is important that you register for the exam at least one month before the date on which you plan to test.  To secure a test date that follows the completion of the CNA to GNA Program, check our course schedule or contact us if you cannot find the information.  

Course Information

The CNA to GNA Program is held either the third or fourth week of the month and runs from Tuesday to Friday.  

For specific information on times and material covered please see below. 

      Tuesday-     Participants take a two-hour written diagnostic exam to find areas for improvement        

(5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) 

 Wednesday-     Participants work on the skills required for passing the skills portion of the exam

(4:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

    Thursday-      Participants continue to work on the skills required and take a simulated skills exam

(4:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

         Friday-      Participants review material and areas for improvement needed for the written exam

(4:30 pm - 7:30 pm)


Please Note:  For the NNAAP Exam registration, you must complete the form and include in a money order that is to be mailed with the application.    In Section 4, you must include the nursing assistant school where you received your initial CNA certification.  If you do not know the training program code, contact the school and they should provide it to you. In Section 5, the Permanent Test Site location is Hyattsville.  Please refer to the NNAAP Exam Schedule for the dates.  


 Classes are held during the third or fourth week of the month.  You may contact us for the specific times and dates for a given month. The registration deadline is the last day of the prior month.  

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