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Nursing at MMC

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program

The CNA program was developed at Maine Medical Center in 2000 in affiliation with Portland Adult Education and is offered three times a year in January, March and September, on-site at Maine Medical Center.  The CNA course is a state-approved, 200-hour course which is tuition-free and includes classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experiences. 

The 11-week program is offered through the Center for Clinical & Professional Development with support and ongoing involvement from Human Resources.  We also offer our CNA students the ability to work in nursing as a Companion while they are active students.  This provides an opportunity for the student to work in a paid position at MMC while obtaining the CNA state required certification. 

Upon course completion, students take the state CNA exam. 

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.

Click here to find out how to apply for the CNA program.

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