Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.)

Are you interested in caring for others? Have you ever thought or dreamed of becoming a nurse, physician, physical therapist, dental hygienist, or some other health care professional? If so, this course would give you the foundation needed to reach those goals. CNAs are a valuable part of the nursing team. They are caregivers who provide patients with assistance with activities of daily living and other basic needs. They help the patient feel safe and comfortable in a healthcare or home environment. These direct caregivers spend most of their time assisting patients and listening to their concerns.

Students will:

  • Complete 90 hours of theory and classroom instruction.
  • Complete 20 hours of skills laboratory.
  • Complete 70 hours of clinical experience in health care facilities in the community, such as Franklin Memorial Hospital, Sandy River Nursing Care Center, and Edgewood Rehabilitation & Living Center.
  • Learn dependability and professionalism.
  • Learn effective cooperation and collaboration skills.
  • Learn effective communication skills.
  • Learn effective critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Learn effective safety precautions and practices.
  • Receive CPR training and certification.
  • Be prepared to take the State of Maine Nursing Assistant certification exam.