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Page last updated November 13, 2015

Health Sciences Program Entry Level Career Training

Health Sciences Institute
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA),
Medicine Aide (CMA),
Sterile Processing Technician


Important Notice: To register to take the CNA, CMA, or Sterile Processing Technician course you first must pass the mandatory reading test and take the orientation that follows the test. For CNA and CMA you must be at least 18 years old and have a Social Security number or Federal Tax ID Number. Then you must take and pass the Classroom portion and the Clinical portion. Note there are additional Requirements for CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant):

Certified Nursing Assistant - Classroom (Part I),

NurseThis is Part I of the Certified Nursing Assistant Program, Certified Nursing Assistant-Clinical is Part II. In this course, students will learn basic nursing skills including taking vital signs, assuring patient safety, and caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. After successful completion of the classroom and clinical portions, you will receive an attendance award from Montgomery College. Upon the completion of the CNA class, the student must complete an application and pay a fee of $20.00 to the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON). If you wish to be employed as a Geriatric Nursing Assistant, after completion of the course, you may apply to take the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Licensing examination for an additional $95.00. If you are taking this course at Asbury Methodist Village, a background check, and TB test are required after the mandatory reading test. The Hebrew Home requires a background check and TB test after the mandatory reading test.

Certified Nursing Assistant Clinical (Part II)

This course is only for students who have successfully completed Certified Nursing Assistant - Classroom. All Clinicals are offered at long-term care facilities in various locations close to the site of the theory classes. Theory class locations include Asbury Methodist Village, Hebrew Home, Montgomery Village, and Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus in the Health Science Building.

Additional Requirements for CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant):Students must understand and meet all requirements and/or standards imposed by recognized professional societies and all contract requirements imposed on College students by the institution or agency where the clinical practice is to occur. See HSI FAQs for more detailed information.

Have you completed the C.N.A. Program? Are you interested in furthering your education?

Once you finish your C.N.A. you might want to continue on your career path by entering the Registered Nursing Program. Visit the Nursing Program at Montgomery College, and attend a Nursing Information session to learn more.

Certified Medicine Aide (CMA)

This is a two part course that trains licensed, certified geriatric nursing assistants to become certified to administer medications to nursing home clients. Part One: Medicine Aide (CMA) Classroom. Part Two: Medicine Aide (CMA) Clinical. Students must pass a mandatory reading test before registering for these classes as well as other requirements. Contact the Health Sciences Institute for more information about the prerequisites for this program.

Sterile Processing Technician

This intensive course is designed for healthcare individuals who require professional knowledge in the field of sterile processing. It prepare you for the Registered and Certification exams

Have you completed Sterile Processing Technician Program? Are you interested in furthering your education?

Once you finish your Sterile Processing Technician, you might want to continue on your career path by entering the Surgical Technology Program. Visit the Surgical Technology Program at Montgomery College, and attend an information session to learn more.

Many of the Health Sciences course descriptions include a variety of acronyms. To help you we have provided a key to the most commonly used acronyms.

For more information regarding Health Sciences Programs please visit our FAQs  page , or the Health Sciences Courses Brochure in pdf format, or view the current schedule of classes.

contact information for Health Sciences Institute

Health Sciences Program ( Noncredit)
phone: 240-567-5507 or 5508

Montgomery College
Health Sciences Institute
7600 Takoma Ave
Takoma Park, Md 20912

Montgomery College
Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus
Health Sciences Institute
7977 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Md 20910