Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprentice Training Program

Do I need the COVID vaccination? Yes, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to be accepted by this program and to work at Maine Medical Center.

Is there a commitment to work at MMC once I am certified? Yes, upon successful completion of the course and if offered a position, you are expected to work as a CNA at MMC in Portland (or at your MaineHealth-sponsoring organization) for a minimum of 1 year, at least 20 hours per week.

Where does class take place? Our classroom is located in Westbrook. Clinicals take place at the hospital, at 22 Bramhall Street in Portland. 

When does class meet? Class meets 4 days a week in person, generally Monday through Thursday, with 2 days of class time and 2 days of clinical time. Class days are from 8 am to 3 pm. Clinical days are 7 am to 2:30 pm. Students spend time outside of class completing homework and studying for quizzes and exams.

What should I think about before I apply? Will you have time to study outside of class hours? Consider the needs of your family and your current work responsibilities and schedule before applying to this program. Do you enjoy helping others? Will you be comfortable with caring for another person’s basic needs? It’s also important that you are open to working nights and weekends upon successful completion of the course.

How do I sign up for the CASAS reading assessment? Click to register for the 75 minute assessment.

What if I am unable to sit for the CASAS at MMC? Check with your local adult education program. Many of them also administer the CASAS. We only need Section D completed, and the results must be emailed to [email protected].

How do I sign up for the information session? Once you score 240 or higher on the CASAS, we will send you an invitation to the CNA Training Program information session.

What if I was home-schooled or haven’t worked in a number of years? Who can I ask to write a reference letter for me? If you have no professional references or can’t ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation, you could ask someone who knows you well but is not a relative; such as a coach, clergy member or volunteer leader/coordinator. 

How many students are accepted for the course? We currently accept 20-25 students for each course.  

What kind of patient care units host clinicals during the program? Students are assigned to a general surgery, neurology, cardiac care, orthopedic or similar unit for the clinical portion of the program.

What is the uniform for clinicals? Black scrub pants, white scrub top and black or white shoes. Open back shoes or shoes with holes, such as Crocs, are not acceptable.

Do CNAs work all shifts? Yes, MMC CNAs work days, evenings, nights and weekends – based on the needs of their assigned unit.