Becoming a CNA in Maryland
A CNA acts like a right hand man of a licensed nurse, performing tasks on their behalf. It should be noted that while a CNA’s and a registered nurse’s job may overlap at times, both are still technically different from one another and have different roles to fill.
The Maryland Board of Nursing must first certify prospective candidates before earning the title of CNA. Candidates are required to complete a state-approved training program in order to become one.
- CNA programs approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing
- Online application for initial CNA certification
- RN/LPN endorsement and temporary license
- Facts about certification as a nursing assistant
- Student nurse working as CNAs
Verifying Certification Status for CNAs
The interested party can use the Maryland Board of Nursing License Verification online search tool by entering the following necessary details in order to perform the search:
- Last Name
- First and Last Name
- Last Name and License Number
Renewing Certificates for Maryland CNAs
The state of Maryland requires its CNAs to renew their license sixty (60) days before and thirty (30) days after the expiration date of their certification which is set on the 28th day of the applicant’s birth month.
Reinstating Lapsed Certificates for Nurse Aides
In the event that a CNA is unable to renew their license a year after expiration along with failing to reach the minimum of 16 hours of paid work, they will be required to have their license reinstated by submitting a renewal application application along with retaking the competency test.
Transferring Out-of-state Certificates for CNAs
Candidates that are currently working as a CNA in their origin state can opt to have their certification transferred in the state of Maryland via endorsement provided they’re in good standing. Otherwise, inactive candidates will have to undergo CNA training approved by Maryland.
- Applicants’ checklist for certification by endorsement
- Certification Endorsement ChecklistFact sheet about certification by endorsement in Maryland
- Name change form
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Maryland Nurse Aide Registry at:
Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-1900
Fax: (410) 585-8042