MaineHealth supports employee professional development through a variety of programs including apprenticeships, paid training, tuition reimbursement, language skills and more. Following is an overview of available programs:
Education and Training
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training
CNAs are caregivers who provide patient assistance with activities of daily living and basic needs. CNAs are an instrumental part of our healthcare system.
- Maine Medical Center CNA Training - An eight-week, paid, CNA training program is sponsored by Maine Medical Center and Portland Adult Education.
- LincolnHealth CNA Training - LincolnHealth currently offers a free, 10-week, CNA certification program in September, January and April each year. In addition to training, they offer a paid, CNA training program in partnership with the Maine Department of Labor.
- Pen Bay Medical Center CNA Training - Pen Bay Medical Center offers a paid, CNA training program in partnership with the Maine Department of Labor. Pen Bay also supports payment of the CNA certificate program’s tuition in partnership with the Mid-Coast School of Technology’s nine-week, CNA certification program.
Medical Assistant (MA) Training
MA trainees work directly with patients and learn skills ranging from taking vital signs to updating patient medical records. Upon graduation from this program, students are prepared to sit for the national accreditation examination to become a certified medical assistant (CMA or RMA).
Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Health Care, in partnership with Southern Maine Community College, offer a one-year, paid, medical assistant training program. This is an official Maine Department of Labor program. Learn more here.
School of Surgical Technology
The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology is a one-year program supported by Southern Maine Community College. This program provides motivated students the opportunity to learn about surgical devices, tools and procedures - as well as the importance of contributing to the efficiency of an operating room team. This role supports surgeons, nurses and others by performing functions that provide a safe environment for surgical care. Employees at some locations may be eligible to apply for sponsorship.
The NorDx Phlebotomy School is a six-week, paid training program with on-site training at NorDx locations. The school is designed to provide students with the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to become a certified phlebotomist. Students will learn about:
- Drawing blood for medical tests
- Customer service skills
- Explaining procedures to patients
Upon course completion, students are guaranteed an interview for employment within MaineHealth.
MaineHealth employees may receive up to $2,000 per year in support of educational opportunities that enhance job knowledge and skills (if in a benefits-eligible position).
MaineHealth offers a variety of opportunities to support employees looking to improve their English language speaking and writing skills.
Leadership Training and Organizational Development
MaineHealth offers a range of tools, training, and course offerings that support development of strong leadership skills.
Healthcare Career Pathways