CNA Licensure

Most students who successfully complete their first semester of nursing school are eligible to apply for their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license, which allows you to attain a job at a hospital as a tech or a nursing student. This is a valuable opportunity to get your foot in the door and gain experience outside of your clinical rotations!

To be come licensed as a CNA, you must submit the following to the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON): 
1. Completed CNA application:  CLICK HERE 
2. Obtain an official transcript from your approved nursing program
3. Evidence/receipt from your Criminal History Background Check being completed
4. The required application fees (Initial certification fee is $20 and must be a money order or certified check only)

The Initial CNA Application may not be completed online by nursing students. A paper application must be completed and may either be printed from the link above or requested by emailing  with the following information:
1. Your name
2. Include that you are a nursing student, which school you go to, and which semester you have completed
3. Address
4. Telephone Number
5. Type of application you are requesting (the initial CNA application)

If you have additional questions or concerns, please visit the Maryland Board of Nursing website: