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.

The June 26 Information Session for MMC’s CNA Apprenticeship Program will NOT be taking place. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this change has caused. When our next CNA info session and class are scheduled, the dates and details will be published right here.

When you attend the Information Session, you must bring a completed application packet with you. A completed application packet consists of: 

  • Completed Application Form (pages 1-6)
  • Two (2) copies of a picture ID with signature (driver's license or State ID card)
  • Copy of proof of High School Graduation or equivalency
  • Two (2) copies of Social Security Card
  • Signed State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) form (see page 6 of Application). This gives us your permission for MMC to run a background check.
  • Submit, in sealed envelopes, two (2) professional written references 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. 

Please be sure that you bring photocopies of documents that we can keep, as we will be unable to make copies for you.

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. Please check here again for the date and time of the Information Session for our next class.