Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Program

We’ll Support You All the Way!

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are caregivers who provide patients assistance with activities of daily living and basic needs. CNAs help patients feel safe and comfortable throughout their hospital stay. These direct caregivers are an instrumental part of the Maine Medical Center team.

Becoming a CNA is a great place to start your medical career! Maine Medical Center offers a CNA Apprentice Program which is sponsored by MMC’s Center for Clinical and Professional Development and Portland Adult Education. The program, offered several times a year, includes classroom work, skills labs and clinical experience. This 9 week, 40 hour a week program consists of 24 hours of school attendance and 16 hours of Patient Companion-Sitter work on one of the many units at Maine Medical Center. You are a paid, full-time temporary employee with benefits while you earn your CNA certificate.

The CNA Training Covers:

  • Age-specific Care through the lifespan
  • Safe patient care delivery
  • Infection control principles and practices 
  • Body mechanics and mobility skills
  • Communication skills
  • Assisting with activities of daily living
  • Nutrition and assisting patients with meeting nutritional needs
  • Common health problems and nurse assistant care
  • CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS)

In the skills labs, students practice taking vital signs, assisting with patient mobility and patient hygiene skills. The clinical experience allows students to work with patients on nursing units at MMC.

The Patient Companion-Sitter Position:

  • Talk and interact with patients and family members
  • Provide professional and courteous companionship to patients including conversations and activities

This initiative is a service to our community offering unique opportunities for diverse populations which otherwise might not be able to afford this education. Many of our CNA graduates are ultimately employed by Maine Medical Center as a CNA.

In addition to becoming a CNA graduate, the program provides opportunities for those interested in a career as a Registered Nurse.

A person cannot be a CNA in Maine if he/she has been convicted of theft or abuse in a health care setting, sexual abuse, or a crime for which one could have received a 3-year sentence. If you have questions about this, please contact the Maine CNA Registry at (800) 791-4080 or visit their website.

To be considered for the CNA Apprentice Program you must attend our Information Session on Tuesday, July 24th at MMC’s Dana Center, 22 Bramhall Street in Portland. Sign in begins at 5:30 pm and the presentation will begin at 6 pm. You must bring your completed application and required paperwork.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for our CNA course, you must attend an Information Session. The session provides an overview of the program, application requirements and employment opportunities. For those interested in nursing as a profession, information is shared regarding support resources for moving onto RN practice. Our next available class will begin in October. The information session for this class will take place on Tuesday, July 24th in the Dana Center Auditorium. Sign in begins at 5:30 pm and the presentation will begin at 6 pm. Please check this site in the coming months for further details. Bring to the Information Session a completed application and all required paperwork listed below.

To apply, you will be required to take the TABE reading test and will need to score between 11 - 12.9. We will administer the TABE test at the Information Session. When you attend the information session, you must bring a completed application packet with you. A completed application packet consists of:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Two copies of a picture ID with signature (driver's license or State ID card)
  • One copy of proof of High School Graduation or equivalency
  • Two copies of your Social Security Card
  • A signed SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) form (page 6 of Application)
  • Two professional written references in sealed envelopes. The references have to be from people in a leadership capacity (for example, current and past supervisors). If you have not been employed for the last few years, another source of reference such as teacher, volunteer group leader, or clergy is acceptable.

Following the Information Session, applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Click here to register for the CNA Informational Session »