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.
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.