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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