Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program

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 instrumental members of the Maine Medical Center team.

Becoming a CNA is a great place to start your medical career! Maine Medical Center offers a CNA Program which is sponsored and paid for by MMC’s Center for Clinical and Professional Development in conjunction with Portland Adult Education. The program, offered several times a year, includes classroom work, skills labs and clinical experience. This 8-week program consists of 24 hours of school attendance each week. Students will receive a stipend of $200.00 per week throughout the course.

If you have questions about MMC’s CNA Training Program, please contact MMC at cnaprogram@mmc.org or call 207-662-2483.

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. Textbooks and workbooks are provided to students at no charge.

Many of our CNA graduates are ultimately employed by Maine Medical Center as CNAs. In addition to becoming a CNA graduate, the program provides opportunities for those interested in a career as a Registered Nurse.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be a US citizen or have work authorization to be considered. 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 becoming a CNA in Maine, please contact the Maine CNA Registry at (800) 791-4080 or visit their website. Note: the CNA Registry does not have information about MMC’s program. If you have questions about MMC’s CNA Training Program, please contact MMC at 662-2483.

In order to be considered for our CNA course, you must take and pass the CASAS reading assessment with a score of 249 or above. The next dates to sit for the assessment will be posted here when available.

After passing the CASAS assessment, you must attend an Information Session. You will receive details after achieving a CASAS score of at least 249.

You can begin collecting the materials now to submit at the Information Session:

  • Application (Completed Application Form)
  • Two (2) copies of a photo ID with signature and proof of age (a driver's license or State ID card)
  • Copy of proof of high school graduation or equivalency
  • Two (2) professional written references in sealed envelopes from people in leadership capacity only: for example, current and past supervisors. If you have not been employed for the last few years, another source of character reference such as a teacher, volunteer group leader, or clergy is acceptable.

When you attend the Information Session, you must bring your completed application packet with you. Please be sure that you bring photocopies of documents that we can keep, as we will be unable to make copies for you. 

We look forward to meeting you!