STEIN ACADEMY: SCHOOL OF HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is your school approved/accredited?
Stein Academy (SA) is a State of Maryland-approved career school. Stein is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Stein Academy Nursing Assistant, Nurse Technician and Pharmacy Technician programs have also been approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, respectively.
Where is Stein Academy located?
Stein Academy is located at our new location, 3610 Milford Mill Rd in the Windsor Mill/Pikesville/Randallstown,/Owings Mills area of Baltimore County. It is located at Liberty Rd & Milford Mill Rd, next to Giant Supermarket on Liberty Rd. It is just 2 blocks away from Exit 18b (Liberty Rd) off the Beltway (Rt. 695).
What are your hours of operation?
GENERAL INQUIRIES : 9am – 6pm on Mondays-Fridays; 9am – 2pm on Saturdays.
ADMISSION PROCESSING : 9am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays; 9am – 1pm on Saturdays.
PRE-ADMISSIONS TESTING : 10am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays; 10am – 1pm on Saturdays.
We are closed on Sundays.
Do I have to take an exam to be admitted?
It is not necessary if you have a US high school diploma, GED or a college degree from an English speaking country. If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to take and pass an (Math & English) entrance exam.
What programs do you offer?
Currently, we offer the following six major programs: Nursing Assistant (CNA/GNA), Nurse Tech/Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Assistant. Certified Medication Tech (Med Tech) and First Aid/CPR can also be taken at Stein Academy.
How much do your programs cost?
To access this information, including payment plans, click on “Financial Aid” at the top of this page, and then click on “Payment Plans”. You can also click here.
Do you provide payment plans or do I have to pay the entire tuition at once?
Yes, we do provide payment plans to students who cannot afford to pay the entire tuition at once. To access this information, click on “Financial Aid” at the top of this page, and then click on “Payment Plans”.
What are the admission requirements for your programs?
Requirements vary by program. However, there are some requirements that are required for all our major programs.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PROGRAMS*
All prospective students must:
(1) Successfully pass a pre-admission test (except the Pharmacy Tech Program) OR provide proof of successful completion of a high school education e.g. a high school diploma, GED, transcript from a government-approved institution.
(2) Possess a Social Security Number or a U.S. Immigrations Number and a Photo ID.
(3) Submit proof of a negative Tuberculosis test (PPD) taken within the past 6 months, or if positive in the past, submit a chest X-ray report taken within the last two years indicating the absence of active TB.
(4) submit a Physical Exam Report from your physician stating that you are in good health to enroll and participate in the program. Forms are available at the office.
(5) Provide proof of health insurance coverage OR sign a Waiver Form.
*NOTE: ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (Varies by program. Call the school for program-specific additional requirements).
(1) Provide a proof of Immunization against Hepatitis B OR sign a Waiver Form.
(2) Provide a proof of Varicella immunization against Chicken Pox OR sign a Waiver Form
(3) Provide proof of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunizations OR sign a Waiver Form.
(4) Complete a drug screening test done within six months before starting the program.
(5) Provide proof of CPR & First Aid Certification.
(6) For CNA & Nurse Tech Programs, you must be at least 17 years old by the last scheduled class meeting day of the program.
** Note: Waiver Forms are available at the office.
Are there some requirements that can be waived?
Yes, the following requirements may be waived by signing the Waiver Form available at the office. (a)Health Insurance (b) Hepatitis B immunization, (c) MMR immunization (d) Varicella immunization
What do CNAs and GNAs do?
Certified Nursing Assistants, also known as Nurse Aides, help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, and disabled or infirm individuals in hospitals, nurse care facilities, and mental health settings. They provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and Medical staff.
Where do CNAs and GNAs work?
Nursing Assistants work in nursing homes, nurse care facilities, mental health settings, assisted living facilities, hospitals, group homes, and home health care.
What is the difference between CNAs and GNAs?
Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNAs) receive basically the same training as CNAs and work in similar places. Essentially, GNAs are CNAs who take and pass the optional Nurse Aid (GNA) Board exam. It is a two-part exam – written and skills. If you pass this board exam, you will then be registered by the Maryland Board of Nursing as a GNA. This is an all-day exam. The good thing is that you may know your result within the same day.
What do I receive after completing the CNA program?
After completing the CNA program, you will receive a “Certificate of Completion”. With that certificate, you will be instructed on how to log into the Maryland Board of Nursing website to complete your CNA Application. Upon completion, your name will be listed on the Board of Nursing website after they have completed processing your application. You or your prospective employers will then be able to log into the Board website to find your name and your “Registration Number.” You can then print a copy for your records. The Board of Nursing process is not automatic. It may take a few weeks.
How soon and how quickly can I complete the application process with the Board?
You are advised to begin the process as soon as possible. You can begin the process the day after you receive the Certificate of Completion from Stein. You can complete the process in a matter of hours after you have done the fingerprint and background check. Do not delay!
Can I use the fingerprint and background check result I just did with another company or organization?
No! The Board requires that you use their form, which also contains the Board’s specific fingerprint & background check ID number.
Do I automatically become a CNA when I graduate from the school?
No! No school does that in Maryland. You must complete the Board of Nursing online application. Only the Board of Nursing will certify you as a CNA.
How soon can I register to take the GNA exam?
You may register for the GNA Exam as soon as you graduate. You will need a copy of your certificate from the school to register. Registration for the exam is on a first-come, first-served basis. The date of the exam cannot be guaranteed until we receive confirmation of the date from the Red Cross. It is not in the school’s control.
How do I register for the GNA exam?
You have to come to the school with a copy of your “Certificate of Completion” from Stein, an official photo ID, and your registration and exam review fee.
Do I have to take a Review course before sitting for the GNA exam?
What do Nurse Technicians/Patient Care Technicians do?
Nurse Technician/Patient Care Technicians help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled or infirm individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, nurse care facilities, mental health settings and physician’s offices. They provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of Registered Nurses and Medical staff.
Where do Nurse Technicians/Patient Care Technicians work?
Nurse Technicians/Patient Care Technicians work in same places where CNAs work including nursing homes, nurse care facilities, mental health settings, assisted living facilities, group homes, and in home health care. Most importantly, they can find jobs at hospitals much easier than those with only CNA or GNA. They may also earn more because of their multi-skill abilities.
What is the difference between a CNA/GNA and a Nurse Technician/Patient Care Technician?
Nurse Technician/Patient Care Technicians are Certified Nursing Assistants or Nurse Aides with additional training in other areas including basic phlebotomy, EKG and IV Therapy. They are often referred to as multi-skilled technicians because of their broad knowledge and versatility.
What will I receive after I graduate from the program ?
When you graduate, you will receive a “Certificate of Completion”. You will also qualify to register with the Maryland Board of Nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant, if you are not yet a CNA or if the CNA was waived for you prior to your admission.
Will I receive a separate certificate for Phlebotomy, EKG and IV Therapy?
No! You will only receive a certificate of completion for the Nurse Tech/Patient Care Tech Program. There will be no separate certificate given for completing the separate modules. No school in Maryland does that. Just because you did the Phlebotomy, EKG, IV Therapy modules, it does not mean that you are a Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician or IV Therapy Technician. It just means that you have knowledge on these areas and could do some of the basic stuff they do, but not necessarily all.
Why are Nurse Technicians/Patient Care Technicians called Multi-Skilled Technicians?
They are called multi-skilled technicians because they are not only CNAs or GNAs, but are CNAs and GNAs trained in other skills such as drawing blood, taking an EKG and preparing a patient for IV therapy. They work under the directives and supervision of a Registered Nurse. Keep in mind that they are not Phlebotomy Technicians, EKG nor IV Technicians. However, they can perform some of the functions that they do when delegated by a Registered Nurse..
Do I have to be nationally certified as a Nurse Tech/Patient Care Tech?
No. You do not have to be nationally-certified as a Nurse Tech or Patient Care Technician to work in Maryland. Graduating from a State – as well as a Maryland Board of Nursing-approved Nurse Tech/Patient Care Tech program, such as our program, is all you need. However, we strongly suggest that our graduates become nationally-certified just in case they transfer to another state where it may be required, or find a potential employer who prefers someone who is nationally-certified.
What do EKG/ECG Technicians do?
EKG /ECG Technicians assist the physicians and nurses obtain a graphical reading of the heart using an electrocardiograph or EKG Machine. They provide the printed graphical output to the physician for interpretation.
Where do EKG/ECG Technicians work?
EKG/ECG Technicians work in hospitals, physician offices, medical and diagnostic labs and in ambulatory healthcare services.
Do I have to be nationally-certified as an EKG/ECG Technician?
No. You do not have to be nationally-certified as an EKG/ECG technician to work in Maryland. Graduating from a State-approved EKG/ECG program, such as our program, is all you need. However, we strongly suggest, and highly recommend, that our graduates become nationally-certified just in case you transfer to another state where it may be required, or find a potential employer who prefers someone who is nationally-certified.
What do Phlebotomy Technicians do?
Phlebotomy Technicians (Phlebotomists) are responsible for drawing blood used to perform various medical tests.
Where do Phlebotomy Technicians (Phlebotomists) work?
Phlebotomists or Phlebotomy Technicians work in hospitals, physician offices, medical and diagnostic labs and in ambulatory healthcare services.
Do I have to be nationally-certified as a Phlebotomy Technician?
No. You do not have to be nationally-certified as Phlebotomy Technician to work in Maryland. Graduating from a State-approved EKG/ECG program, such as our program, is all you need. However, we strongly suggest and highly recommend that our graduates become nationally-certified just in case they transfer to another state where it may be required, or find a potential employer who prefers someone who is nationally-certified.
What do Pharmacy Technicians do?
Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications. They generally are responsible for receiving prescription requests, counting tablets and labeling bottles. In some facilities, they perform administrative functions such as answering phones, stocking shelves and operating cash registers.
Where do Pharmacy Technicians work?
Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies. Many work at retail pharmacies while others work in pharmacies located in hospitals and healthcare centers.
Do I have to be nationally-certified as a Pharmacy Technician?
No. You do not have to be nationally-certified as Pharmacy Technician to work in Maryland. Graduating from a State – and Maryland Board of Pharmacy-approved pharmacy technician program, such as our program, is all you need to qualify for registration with the Board and to work in Maryland. However, we strongly suggest and highly recommend that our graduates become nationally-certified just in case they transfer to another state where it may be required, or find a potential employer who prefers someone who is nationally-certified.
What do Medical Assistants do?
Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office. Some common tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, drawing blood, taking EKG, etc.
Where do Medical Assistants work?
Medical Assistants work in physicians’ offices and in hospitals.
Do I have to be nationally-certified as a Medical Assistant?
No. You do not have to be nationally-certified as a Medical Assistant to work in Maryland. Graduating from a State – and Maryland Board of Pharmacy-approved Medical Assistant program, such as our program, is all you need to qualify for registration with the Board and to work in Maryland. However, we strongly suggest and highly recommend that our graduates become nationally-certified just in case they transfer to another state where it may be required, or find a potential employer who prefers someone who is nationally-certified.
What do Medication Technicians do?
Medication Technicians give limited types of medication to patients under the directives of a Registered Nurse.
Where do Medication Technicians work?
The majority of Medication Technicians work with home health agencies and in some group homes.
What is the difference between a Medication Tech and a Medicine Aide?
Medication Technicians and Medicine Aides both give medicines to patients. Both have to undergo training and have to be certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Whereas Medication Techs undergo a 20-hour training only, Medicine Aides undergo a much longer program, sometimes over 60 hours, at community colleges.
How long does it take to complete your programs?
Programs vary in duration, depending also on whether you are attending part time (two days a week) or full time (five days a week). We suggest that you call the school or check the relevant page on this site for program durations.
Do you offer Financial Aid?
Stein Academy does not offer financial aid and does not process or participate in the Federal Financial Aid program at this time. The school, welcomes sponsorship, financial assistance and tuition payments from any source or organization made payable to Stein Academy on behalf of any student. Visit the section on this site entitled “Financial Aid” for a list of organizations that provide scholarship/ money or other types of financial assistance to prospective students who qualify or click here. Funds that these organizations provide are often sufficient to cover the total cost of your program. Applying for financial assistants from these organizations do not automatically qualify you. You may need to undergo an interview process and/or workshop with them. Whether or not you will qualify depends on the organization and their assessment of individual situation, including income and ability to benefit from the program you plan to pursue.
Can I register or complete my application online or do I have to come to the school?
You cannot complete your application online. However, you can save some time by downloading the necessary application forms online, completing them before coming to the school (along with other required documents), to finish your application.
Where have some of your graduates found jobs?
Stein graduates have found jobs in several renowned organizations throughout the State and in the Baltimore Metropolitan area, in particular. Several of our graduates work at Hopkins, Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Red Cross, and numerous nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Many of them are also working with homecare agencies. Others have gone to become licensed and registered nurses.
Do you provide job placement?
We do not guarantee jobs to students or graduates. However, we assist our graduates with job placement, i.e. we provide job placement assistance.
What are the qualifications of your instructors?
Our instructors possess various academic qualifications. The majority of our instructors have Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Most importantly, our instructors are well-qualified in their fields and most are currently walking in those fields of specialization. The instructors we employ for the Nursing Assistant programs are all approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
What is the cultural make up of your instructors and students?
Stein Academy has a diverse faculty and student body. We have a mix of various demographic, ethnic and racial sub-groups including Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Mixed etc. We also have a good number of newly-arrived immigrants from various continents.
After receiving a Certificate of Completion from Stein, what do I do? Where do I go next?
For graduates of some programs such as Phlebotomy, EKG and Medical Assistant, you are set to go look for a job. Again, we suggest that you consider becoming nationally-certified in your field by registering and taking a national certification exam. For graduates of other programs such as the CNA, Nurse Tech/Patient Care Tech and Pharmacy Tech, you will need to complete the Board application before looking for a job. For details on completing the Board application process, check or click on “Students and Graduates” located at the top left side of this web page.
What do I do after I have taken and passed the GNA Exam ?
You do not have to do anything. Your result will be sent to the Red Cross, and then to the Maryland Board of Nursing by the examiner or exam proctor. The Board of Nursing will then upload the information on their website, just as they do with the CNA. You can then go to the Board’s website to view and print your certification as a GNA. Note: If you have just graduated from a CNA program and have not completed the CNA application process at the Board of Nursing website, they will not be able to include or upload your GNA certification/result. That is why it is important to complete the CNA application as soon as you receive your Certification of Completion from Stein Academy.
Can I transfer credits earned at Stein Academy?
No. Course work done at Stein Academy is non-transferable. It is up to the institution to decide whether to give you credit or not.
Do you give out Tax ID for tax filing purpose?
No. Stein Academy is not a Title IV school. Based on IRS rule, the tuition paid to Stein Academy may not qualify as a tax deduction. As a result, we do not give out our Tax ID or issue Form 1098-T, as you may receive if you enroll in a college/university or a Title IV school.
What are the clinical hours for the Weekend CNA/GNA class.
Monday – Friday from 7am -3pm
How do I know how much I could earn after I graduate?
The following links to the US Department of Labor will provide you with additional information regarding your program of interest including the range of salary or wage for people with those occupations.