Skip to main content

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program

For program beginning March 2021
Please read all of this information as changes have been made.


We'll Support You All The Way!

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are caregivers who provide patients assistance with activities of daily living and basic needs. CNAs help patients feel safe and comfortable throughout their hospital stay. These direct caregivers are instrumental members of the Maine Medical Center team.

Becoming a CNA is a great place to start your medical career! Maine Medical Center offers a CNA Program which is sponsored and paid for by MMC’s Center for Clinical and Professional Development in conjunction with Portland Adult Education. The program, offered several times a year, includes classroom work, skills labs and clinical experience. This 8-week program consists of 24 hours of school attendance each week. The next class is planned to begin in March and conclude in May. Students will receive a stipend of $200.00 per week throughout the course.

If you have questions about MMC’s CNA Training Program, please contact MMC at or 207-662-2483.

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 the 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. Textbooks and workbooks are provided to students at no charge.

Many of our CNA graduates are ultimately employed by Maine Medical Center as CNAs. In addition to becoming a CNA graduate, the program provides opportunities for those interested in a career as a Registered Nurse.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be a US citizen or have work authorization to be considered. 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 becoming a CNA in Maine, please contact the Maine CNA Registry at 800-791-4080 or visit their website. Note: the CNA Registry does not have information about MMC’s program.

In order to be considered for our CNA course, you must take and pass the CASAS reading assessment with a score of 247 or above. You must then attend an Information Session.

Several dates will be offered at MMC for the CASAS reading assessment; they will be linked here as soon as we know them. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, our planning is still fluid and we do not yet have firm dates for the assessments. Our best advice is to keep checking here for the link to be activated. 

Applicants who score 247 or higher on the CASAS will receive details about how to participate in the Information Session (to be scheduled).

You can begin collecting the materials now to submit to the Program (see below). You can submit by:

Email to:

Send by mail to:
MMC CNA Program
22 Bramhall St., CCPD, Rm 2645
Portland ME 04102

Or drop off by arrangement: request at

  • Completed application (pages 1-6)
  • One (1) photocopy of driver's license or State ID card (or other form of ID with your photo, signature, and proof of age)
  • One (1) photocopy of social security card
  • Photocopy of proof of high school graduation or equivalency
  • Two (2) professional written references in sealed envelopes from people in leadership capacity only: for example, current and past supervisors. If you have not been employed for the last few years, another source of character reference such as a teacher, volunteer group leader, or clergy is acceptable. Reference letters may also be emailed to

Please be sure that you bring photocopies of documents that we can keep; we will not be able to make copies for you.

Reach the CNA Training Program at MMC at 662-2483 or

We look forward to meeting you!