As with many other states in the US, there’s a rapidly growing demand for qualified Certified Nursing Assistants. So whether you’re looking to launch a new career, or to make a change and get started in healthcare, this is very definitely a good choice.
Let’s take a closer look at how you go about qualifying as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Maine.
Who Is In Charge of CNA Training In Maine?
The Maine Department of Education is in charge of ensuring that CNA courses meet the state requirements. All Certified Nurse Assistants who work in Maine must have completed one of their approved courses.
Who Qualifies to Train As a CNA in Maine?
Maine has one of the lowest standards of admission for CNA training in the US. In order to qualify for training, you only need to be 16 years or older, and have completed 9th grade. You also need to be able to speak, read and write English.
It’s important to note that many people choose to use the CNA training and registration program as a stepping stone to other fields in the health care business, like nursing or medical administration. In most cases, you will need a high school diploma or a GED to study further, so if you are hoping to do that, you may want to complete your GED first.
What Can You Expect from the Maine CNA Training Course?
The CNA training program for the state of Maine is one of the most comprehensive, and longest, out there. The course consists of 180 hours of training, with about 90 hours being spent in the class room, 70 on clinical practice, and another 20 on clinical work.
The training program for nurses aides in Maine teaches candidate Certified Nurses Assistants everything they need to know to work in a nursing home or hospital. Expect to learn basic nursing skills, how to assist patients with rehabilitation, interpersonal skills, communication, patient rights and many other job specific skills.
Where Can You Study to Become a CNA In Maine?
There are many different institutions that offer state approved CNA training in Maine. You can contact the Maine Department of Education for a list of training providers, or contact community colleges, colleges, nursing homes or hospitals directly.
Also remember that in Maine, CNA’s who complete their training and pass the competency exam, and then go on to secure employment within 12 months are eligible for a refund of a portion of their training costs.
What Does a CNA Earn In Maine?
The average hourly wage for a CNA in Maine is just over $11. Many earn considerably more than that though, and many also use their time as a CNA as a springboard to other health care professions.
There’s really no quicker way to get involved in the health care business in Maine, or just about anywhere else in the US, than to train as a CNA, so if you are dreaming of a career in the medical field, this should definitely be on your list of potential career options.
Maine Nurse Aide Registry
Maine Department of Human Services – Division of Licensing & Certification
State House Station #11, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
CNA Registry Phone: (207) 287-9310
Division of Licensing and Certification Phone: (207) 287-9300
Maine State Board of Nursing
161 Capitol St.
158 State House Station
Augusta, Maine , 04333-0158
Phone: (207) 287-1133
Fax: (207) 287-1149
Accredited CNA Training Classes & Programs in Maine
Auburn Adult Education Nurse Aide Training Program
77 Harris Street, Auburn, ME 04210
Augusta Adult and Community Education Nursing Assistant Course
33A Union Street, Augusta, Maine 04330
Bangor Adult Education CNA Training Course
885 Broadway, Bangor, Maine 04401
Bath Adult Education Nursing Assistant Program
826 High Street, Bath, ME 04530
Biddeford Adult Education CNA Class
18 Maplewood Avenue, Biddeford, Maine 04005
Boothbay Region Adult and Community Education Nurse Assistant Program – Boothbay Harbor
236 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Bucksport Adult Education Nurse Aide Training
66 Bridge Street, P.O. Box 1341, Bucksport, Maine 04416
Caribou Adult Education CNA Training Program
75 Bennett Dr., Caribou, ME 04736
Damariscotta (Union #74) Adult Education CNA Course
767 Main Street, Suite 1-A, Damariscotta, Maine 04543
Deer Isle Adult and Community Education
251 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Dexter Adult Education School Administrative District # 46 Nurse Aide Training Program
12 Abbott Hill Rd., Dexter, Maine 04930
Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) CNA Class – Bangor
354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401
Ellsworth Adult Education
112 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Ellsworth Adult Education Nurse Aide Course – Courtland
112 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Helping Hands Trade School – Waterville
P.O. Box 93, Waterville, Maine 04903
Lewiston Adult Education Nurse Aide Program – Lewiston
156 East Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240
Madawaska Adult Education Nurse Aide Training Program – Madawaska
135 Seventh Ave., Madawaska, Maine 04756
Madison Adult Education
55 Weston Ave., Madison, Maine 04950
Maine School Administrative District # 27 – Fort Kent
Community HS, 84 Pleasant St., Fort Kent, Maine 04743
Maine School Administrative District # 53 Adult and Community Education – Pittsfield
1677 School St., Pittsfield, Maine 04967
Maine School Administrative District # 9 – Farmington
108 Fairbanks Road, Farmington, Maine 04938
Maine School Administrative District # 9 Nurse Aide Training – Farmington
108 Fairbanks Road, Farmington, ME 04938
Massabesic Adult Education Nursing Assistant Course – Waterboro
86 West Rd., Waterboro, Maine 04087
MCST Adult Education Nurse Aide Training Course – Rockland
1 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Mid-Maine Regional Adult and Community Education – Waterville
One Brooklyn Ave., Waterville, ME 04901
Noble Adult and Community Education CNA Training Course – North Berwick
388 Somersworth Road, North Berwick, ME 03906
Oxford Hills/Buckfield Adult Education – Paris
256 Main Street S., Paris, Maine 04281
Penobscot Job Corp Nurse Aide Course – Bangor
354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401
Piscataquis Valley Adult and Community Education CNA Program – Dover-Foxcroft
48 Morton Ave., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Portland Adult Education Nurse Aide Program
150 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 04103
Presque Isle Adult Education CNA Program
79 Blake St., Presque Isle, Maine 04769
Region II CNA Training Program – Houlton
5 Bird Street, Houlton, ME 04730
Region Nine Adult Education Learning Center CNA Class – Mexico
377 River Road, Mexico, ME 04257
Region Ten Nurse Aide Program – Brunswick
68 Church Road, Brunswick, ME 04011
Sanford Community Adult Education Nursing Assistant Program – Springvale
12 King St., Springvale, Maine 04083
School Administrative District (SAD) # 61 and 72 Adult Education – Bridgton
15 Skillins Circle, Bridgton, Maine 04009
School Administrative District # 24 Adult and Community Education – Van Buren
169 Main St., Van Buren, Maine 04785
Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and Falmouth by the Sea – South Portland
2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106
Sumner Adult Education Nurse Assistant Program – Sullivan
Sumner Mem HS, 2456 US Highway, Sullivan, ME 04607
The Adult Learning Center Nurse Aide Training Program – RooScarborough
Scarborough HS, 11 Municipal Dr., RooScarborough, ME 04074
United Technologies Center (UTC) – Bangor
200 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401
Waldo City Technology Center Nurse Aide Course
1022 Waterville Rd., Waldo, ME 04915
Washington County Community College (WCCC) – Calais
One College Drive, Calais, Maine 04619
York County Community College (YCCC) CNA Program Wells
112 College Dr., Wells, Maine 04090