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Maryland Board of Nursing 
Mary Kay Goetter, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director
Nancy D. Adams, MBA, RN, President

Initial Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) Certification

To obtain initial GNA certification:

A. Complete an approved GNA course;

B. Obtain CNA certification from the Maryland Board of Nursing;

C. Apply to MDGNATS for the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Examination;

D. Results of the examination will be forwarded to the Board and MDGNATS will notify the candidate of the results;

E. For those passing the examination, the Board will indicate on the database that the individual is certified as a GNA, which will appear on online and telephone verification.

Note: No new certificate will be issued. GNA certification will appear on the CNA certificate at the next renewal.

F. Renewal

1. GNA shall obtain verification from employer of the required 8 hours of work as a GNA in a comprehensive care facility in the two years immediately preceding renewal of the certification on the form and in the manner required by the Board. 

2. Complete CNA renewal form:

3. If GNA or other certifications cannot be verified during processing, the individual will not receive these designations o the CNA certificate.

Calling for Information

If you are calling in reference to Nursing Assistants, Geriatric Nursing Assistants, Certified Medicine Aides or Medication Assistants or their training programs, please call 410-585-1990 or toll free 1-877-847-0626.


Last update: October 04, 2010
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