April 2, 2020: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Applications

Dear BSN and CNL Students,

Many of you have asked about the process related to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) applications, now that the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are working remotely, and the process previously relied on paper applications. We are pleased to inform you that the MBON will now accept emailed copies of applications and transcripts. The application is available here

Due to delays in printing official UMB transcripts, UMSON is offering CNA applicants an official verification letter, which can be sent to you electronically. It indicates that you have completed the course requirements to be considered eligible for the CNA license. The required courses for CNA licensure for BSNs are NURS 314, 317, and 319. The required courses for CNA licensure for CNLs are NURS 501, 503, and 505. 

If you would like to request a verification letter after successfully completing these courses, email nrsregistration@umaryland.edu

The background check section of the application describes fingerprinting requirements. Given that many agencies that provide fingerprinting may be closed to in-person traffic, we advise you call ahead. We recommend working with essential entities, such as police and fire departments. The Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services also maintains a list of fingerprinting services, which you can access here.

Additionally, we have verified with various fingerprinting providers listed on the MBON website whether or not they are still providing services. You can find those providers who are still offering services in the attached spreadsheet.

You can submit your complete, scanned application packet and supporting materials to mdbon.inac@maryland.gov.

Best of luck with your CNA applications, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to your advisor should you have any questions.


Larry Fillian
Associate Dean, Student and Academic Services