There is said to be an increase of almost 30% in the demand for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in Maryland. As such, CNAs will have no trouble finding a job in Maryland. Moreover, CNAs in Maryland earn an average of $27,000 per year, although this amount depends on the work location and experience.
But in order to become a CNA in Maryland, one should enroll in CNA training classes available in high schools, nursing homes, community colleges, and some third party organizations (like the Red Cross) all over Maryland. But wherever one decides to take CNA training classes in Maryland doesn’t really matter since all of these training classes offer the same course structure. The important thing is to verify if the chosen CNA training program has been state-approved.
The CNA training classes in Maryland, regardless of what institution are offering them, have the same number of hours of instruction; although they may vary in length. These training classes usually take, at least, 100 hours for 6 to 12 weeks. State-approved CNA training classes in Maryland include those offered by the following:
1. Baltimore City Community College
2. Reeders Memorial Home
3. Anne Arundel Community College
4. Mariner Health of Silver Spring
5. Albert Einstein High School
6. College of Southern Maryland
7. Williamsport Retirement Village
8. Allegany College of Maryland
9. Cecil Community College
However, CNA training classes can cost anywhere from $400 to $2,000, which is really quite expensive. Therefore, it is more advisable to look for ways to obtain CNA training for free. For instance, a lot of nursing care facilities offer free CNA training, such as the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Another option is The Caroline Center free CNA training program. The Caroline Center accepts 60 women, 3 times a year for CNA training. In order to be qualified, the applicant must be drug-free and must have either a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). CNA training classes are also available in colleges and in continuing education programs. When considering these programs, you can apply for financial end; so depending on the amount of the scholarship or grant, you can receive free CNA training.
The next step after taking CNA training classes in Maryland is to take a competency exam and to be finally registered as a CNA with the Maryland Board of Nursing. The CNA exam is conducted by the state board.
Remember, without completing CNA training classes and passing the competency exam, no one is legally allowed to perform any CNA-related functions.