To practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), entry-into-nursing students must complete first-semester coursework from a Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON)-approved education program.
A CNA is defined as an individual, regardless of title, who routinely performs nursing tasks delegated by a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse for compensation.
Applications for CNA certification are made through each state’s Nursing Regulatory Body (NRB). The Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) is Maryland’s NRB; therefore, the MBON oversees the certification of Nursing Assistants who live and work in Maryland.
Students are prepared to carry out the role of CNA if they:
- are currently enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Nursing
- have completed their first-semester courses with a minimum grade of C
- are applying for their CNA certification for the first time.
Once you have successfully completed your first-semester coursework, we will send confirmation of your eligibility to apply for CNA to the NRB. You have 90 days from the email confirmation to apply to the NRB without having to request an official transcript. If you choose not to apply within 90 days, you must request an official transcript from the University of Maryland, Baltimore be sent to the NRB.