When applying for Maryland CNA Certification applicants must have completed more than 75 hours of training. This training must be done in an accredited training program that also provides clinical training. Instructors must be registered nurses who have more than three years of work experience.
Upon the successful completion of training students will be required to take the Maryland CNA certification exam. This exam along with a completed application and fingerprint card will be sent to the state nursing board. A background check will be performed on every student before a license and license number is provided. Passing scores along with the completion of training hours and a clean criminal background will yield a license. The state of Maryland also places applicants names on the registry to demonstrate work eligibility.
When enrolling in the school students are required to bring into the interview a copy of their birth certificate and state criminal history records. They are also required to have up to date TB shots within the last six months. Applicants will need a copy of their high school diploma or the completion of a GED course. 2 passport sized photos are also required as well. This information must be presented before admittance into the training program is allowed.
Having a Maryland CNA certification can result in gainful employment in the nursing field. Many graduates who have received their license are able to work in an assisted living facility or a hospital under the supervision of a registered nurse or LPN. They day-to-day job requirements include taking accurate blood pressure levels, properly bathing patients and properly feeding them. It may also be necessary to rotate the patient to prevent bedsores. The job is very physical in nature so being physically fit is another good component and highly recommended.