Maine Medical Center values the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) employed throughout the hospital. CNAs are caregivers who provide patients assistance with activities of daily living and basic needs. They also help patients feel safe and comfortable throughout their hospital stay. These direct caregivers spend most of their time assisting patients and listening to their concerns.
Maine Medical Center offers a CNA training course, sponsored by MMC’s Center for Clinical and Professional Development and Portland Adult Education. The course, offered in January, March and September, includes classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experience. The course is an 11- week, daytime course of 180 hours. MMC covers the cost of the course. At the end of the course, the students take the State Certification Examination.
The CNA Training Covers:
- Age-specific care through the lifespan
- Safe patient care delivery
- Infection control principles and practices
- Body mechanics and mobility skills
- Communication skills
- Assisting with activities of daily living
- Nutrition and assisting patients with meeting nutritional needs
- Common health problems and nurse assistant care
- CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS)
In skills labs, students practice taking vital signs, assisting with patient mobility, and patient hygiene skills. The clinical experience allows students to work with patients on nursing units at MMC.
This initiative is a service to our community offering unique opportunities for diverse populations who otherwise might not be able to afford the education. Many CNA graduates are ultimately employed by Maine Medical Center; however, the program also provides graduates placement at other agencies or settings in the area.
In addition to becoming a CNA graduate, the course also provides opportunity for those interesting in nursing as a profession to become more informed of RN practice.
A person cannot be a CNA in Maine if he/she has been convicted of theft or abuse in a health care setting, sexual abuse, or a crime for which one could have received a 3-year sentence. If you have questions about this, please contact the Maine CNA Registry at (800)- 791-4080, or visit their website.
How to Apply
In order to be considered for our CNA course, you must attend an Information Session. The session provides an overview of the program, application requirements and employment opportunities. For those interested in nursing as a profession, information is shared regarding support resources for moving onto RN practice. The information session date for the Fall 2017 class will be held this summer. Please check this site in the coming months for further details. Bring to the Information Session a completed application and all required paperwork listed below.
To apply, you will be required to take the TABE reading test and will need to score between 11 - 12.9. We will administer the TABE test at the Information Session. When you attend the information session, you must bring a completed application packet with you. A completed application packet consists of:
- Completed Application form
- Two copies of a picture ID with signature (driver's license or State ID card)
- One copy of proof of High School Graduation or equivalency
- Two copies of your Social Security Card
- A signed SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) form (page 6 of Application)
- Two professional written references in sealed envelopes. The references have to be from people in a leadership capacity (for example, current and past supervisors). If you have not been employed for the last few years, another source of reference such as teacher, volunteer group leader, or clergy is acceptable.
Following the Information Session, applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.