Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program

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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 training 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. 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 a CNA. 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 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 this, please contact the Maine CNA Registry at 800-791-4080 or visit their website.

To be considered for the MMC CNA training program, you must:

  1. Obtain a minimum CASAS reading assessment score of 249 (applicants interested need to take the CASAS prior to the information session.) To sign up please email workforcedevelopment@mainehealth.org. The CASAS assessment is offered at Maine Medical Center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 PM and Thursdays at 4:30 PM. Please allow for 90 minutes to complete the assessment. AND
  2. Attend an information session at MMC’s Dana Center.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. The Information Session for our next class takes place Thursday, September 26, at 6 PM at MMC’s Dana Center Auditorium. We ask that you arrive by 5:45 PM to submit your application materials.

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

Take and score a minimum of 249 on the CASAS reading assessment (see above) AND attend an information session at MMC.

The Information Session for our next class takes place Thursday, September 26, at 6 PM at MMC’s Dana Center Auditorium.

We ask that you arrive by 5:45 PM to submit your application materials.