Nurse Aide Training Programs in Maine

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a person who has successfully completed a Maine training program and holds a Certificate of Training, is listed on the CNA Registry and performs selected nursing services under the supervision of a registered professional nurse, or a person who has been comparably trained in another jurisdiction or otherwise meets the eligibility requirements for listing on the Registry. According to state regulations, Certified Nursing Assistant training classes in the state of Maine must have at least 180 hours of classroom and clinical instruction. Approved CNA training programs must including 90 hours of classroom theory, 20 hours of clinical laboratory work, and 70 hour of supervised clinical practice. The Maine CNA competency test is a two-part test including a written or oral examination, and a skills demonstration test. Medication administration is a complex nursing task performed under the direct on-site supervision of a nurse by experienced CNAs who have completed a CNA-M course. CNA-Ms may work in nursing facilities, state mental health institutions, county jails, state correctional facilities and assistive living settings.

If you are looking for a free nurse aide class then you should consider offers of employment from nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities prior to enrolling in a nurse aide program. When you become employed or receive an offer to become employed upon graduating from the nursing assistant class, the employer will actually cover the cost of your nurse aide course and all textbooks, fees, and supplies needed during the training. There is hope for getting reimbursement even for those who have already finished a nurse aide class. The state of Maine will cover the cost of your nurse aide course as long as you become employed as a nurse aide within twelve months (one year) of graduating and passing the nurse aide competency examination. In Maine, you can find affordable nurse aide training programs which may be completed in approximately three months at community colleges and private CNA schools.

LincolnHealth Education Center - Damariscotta
66 A Chapman Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: (207) 563-4540
LincolnHealth offers a free CNA training course in partnership with Central Lincoln County Adult Education. The 10-week course is offered at various times throughout the year and includes classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experience. At the end of the course, students take the state certification examination. The CNA training covers age-specific care through the lifespan, safe patient care delivery, infection prevention principles and practices, body mechanics and mobility skills, communication skills, assisting with daily needs, nutrition and assisting patients with meeting their nutritional needs, common health problems and working with a healthcare team, 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 residents at two long-term care facilities, Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta and St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor, and with patients at the hospital on the LincolnHealth - Miles Campus in Damariscotta.

Port Resources Work Force Development Center - South Portland
280B Gannett Drive, South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (207) 828-0048 x122

SMCC and Cedars Nursing Care - South Portland
2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106

Penobscot Job Corp Nurse Aide Course - Bangor
354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401

Helping Hands Trade School - Waterville
P.O. Box 93, Waterville, Maine 04903

Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) C.N.A. Class - Bangor
354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401

Washington County Community College (WCCC) - Calais
One College Drive, Calais, Maine 04619

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and Falmouth by the Sea - South Portland
2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106

York County Community College (YCCC) CNA Program - Wells
112 College Dr., Wells, Maine 04090

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

United Technologies Center (UTC) - Bangor
200 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401

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 C.N.A. Class
18 Maplewood Avenue, Biddeford, Maine 04005

Boothbay Region Adult and Community Education Nurse Assistant Program - Boothbay Harbor
236 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Hrbr, ME 04538

School Administrative District (SAD) # 61 and 72 Adult Education - Bridgton
15 Skillins Circle, Bridgton, Maine 04009

Region Ten Nurse Aide Program - Brunswick
68 Church Road, Brunswick, ME 04011

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

Piscataquis Valley Adult and Community Education CNA Program - Dover-Foxcroft
48 Morton Ave., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

CNA Programs in Maine ( Page 2 )

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions

C. Adams on November 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Is it possible to enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?

Admin on November 8, 2014 at 05:34 PM
There are no federal regulations stating that individuals are required to have a high school diploma prior to attending nurse aide classes but some states such as Florida require a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to testing if you are under 18 years old and have not attended a training program. A program coordinator at the school or nursing facility which is offering CNA training classes may tell you if a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required in order to enroll in the nurse aide program. Some facilities do not require a diploma as long as you have completed a 10th grade high school education. In the state of Texas a high school diploma or a GED is not necessary in order to attend and complete a nursing assistant program.

How long do CNA classes take and what exactly do you have to do?

After becoming a CNA how much more experience, training or school has to be done to become a registered nurse?

I am in the military and I do not have too much time to actually attend a regular CNA program. Who offers online CNA classes?

How do I sign up for CNA training? I am having trouble finding the shortest training program in my area. Can you help me?

How long does it take to get the CNA certificate itself while in school taking courses?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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