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CNA Training in Maine

See our list of approved CNA programs in Maine to earn your CNA certification

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is something that many people will find as a particularly positive and engaging career step. Being a CNA offers many people a satisfying career with significant advancement opportunities. Many nurse aides decide to return to school and become LPNs or RNs and earn higher salaries.

Before taking the leap into becoming a CNA and undertaking the necessary training, it is important to know what roles and duties that will be required as part of the job. As the title of the role suggests, a CNA works under the supervision and guidance of a fully qualified nurse, and will have proactive contact with the patients and residents being cared for.

The role of a CNA includes assisting patients with the following tasks: dressing, eating, mobility, recovery, bathing, toileting and understanding their medications and conditions. A CNA also performs duties involved in the observational side of treatment such as logging behavior, measuring and recording vital signs, recording patient progress in a daily log.

CNA Career Opportunities And Pay

In terms of the salary range for a licensed CNA, it will usually range from $18,000 to $25,000 per year depending on the experience and facility that they are working in. Nursing assistants can usually find jobs that include full health benefits for themselves and their families.

CNA Training Courses

When it comes to completing the training to become a CNA, this will usually be completed through a formal training course, which will usually include a number of practical assignments and training designed to help the candidate gain all of the required experience and skills to become a fully trained CNA.

For the duration of the course, training will be mostly patient or resident oriented, and will examine the techniques and methods which will be implemented by the CNA in their routine work responsibilities. The course itself will usually last between 180 and 200 hours, and at the end of this training there will be an exam assessment before the candidate can be fully licensed and authorized to work as a CNA.

Progressing To Become A CNA

For people who think that becoming a CNA is for them, then it can be a good idea to start discussing the idea with actual nurse aides who can provide greater insight about the actual job. Becoming a CNA is not going to be a career choice which will suit everyone, but it is a valuable role within the health care system, and can provide a very satisfying job for many people.



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CNA Classes in Maine (ME)

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

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Maine CNA Schools

Browse our list of Maine schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be found by calling the facilities directly.

How to Become a CNA in Maine

Students can earn their CNA certification and start their career as a certified nursing assistant in less than six months. The first step is to find and complete an approved CNA training program. Each individual state sets its own required amount of credit hours necessary to become a CNA. Typical programs take around 6-12 weeks to complete and must include a minimum of 75 hours of training. The average cost of a CNA course is between $400 – $800. The second step is to take the Maine CNA certification exam and achieve a passing score. The third and final step is to register with the Maine Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Maine CNA Certification Requirements

– graduate from an approved CNA training program
– pass the Maine CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)
– pass the Maine CNA test within 24 months of completing the nurse aide education program

Maine CNA Helpful Links

Maine Board of Nursing
Maine Nurse Aide Registry

Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants