Maine CNA Course with School and Program Options

Aug 01, 2019

Research CNA (certified nursing assistant) courses in Maine, which currently has two institutions offering programs. Read an overview of certificate programs, courses, tuition info, and program options for these schools, and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

Students in Maine interested in becoming a certified nurse assistant (CNA) may complete a certificate program. Admission requirements to such programs often include a background check, physical exam, CPR certification, and/or ability assessments, such as placement exams. All programs include clinical experiences as well as classroom instruction.

Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions

Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions in Lewiston boasts a low faculty to student ratio, with a little over 200 students enrolled in the school. Applicants for the school's CNA certificate course must be at least 18, certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and must pass a physical exam and background check. Through classes, labs, and clinical experiences, students learn about patient care, infection control, legal issues, communication, and safety practices. Students finish the course by taking the state certification exam.

York County Community College

York County Community College in Wells offers a non-credit CNA course that awards a certificate. Sessions are typically held twice a week over a four-month period. Students must be high school graduates or hold GEDs; they must undergo background checks and meet health requirements. A payment plan is available.

Career Requirements

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services maintains a registry of CNAs who are qualified to work in the state. Maine requires completion of a training course of at least 180 hours for placement on the registry. Prospective CNAs also must pass a two-part examination that includes a written or oral test of their knowledge and a demonstration of patient care skills.

The programs listed in the table below offer CNA certificate courses that meet the state standards for certification.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting CNA Courses Offered Course Cost
Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Two-year; private not-for-profit; small city CNA Certificate Course $965 (2018-2019)*
York County Community College Two-year; public; distant rural CNA Certificate Course $7,840 (2018-2019)*

Source: *Schools' websites.

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