CNA Training in Maine
You will find many good opportunities for taking up CNA training in Maine. In this state there is a high demand for CNAs providing excellent career prospects for future secure jobs in the healthcare industry.
Training programs are typically offered in this state at facilities such as community colleges, long-term care facilities, technical schools, and nursing homes.
A typical training program must contain at least a total of 180 hours of training (minimum of ninety hours of classroom training, twenty hours of skills laboratory and seventy hours of supervised clinical practice), approved and accredited by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
To be eligible for enrolling into a course you have to be at least 16 years old, provide a clean criminal background check (including fingerprints), and a TB check as well as a verified document proofing that you have completed the ninth grade of school.
Once you have passed your CNA training successfully, you can now apply to sit for the Maine competency test. This exam consists of two parts, a written or oral one and a practice test. The testing fee is $45.
After having passed this competency exam you will be added to the Maine CNA registry and are allowed to apply for any certified nursing assistant job in this state.
Your certification must be renewed every two years. To qualify for renewal you need to verify that you have done a minimum of eight hours of CNA work for pay within the last twenty-four months.
If you have obtained your license in another state you are allowed to transfer it to the Maine registry, provided your CNA training contains the same amount of training hours as required by the state of Maine, plus your license needs to be valid as well as in good standing, and you have to pass a criminal background check (you need to fill out an Application for CNA Trained Out-of-State form).
Starting as a nursing aide is for quite a few people the first step to train themselves even further in the healthcare industry like becoming a RN or LPN eventually, and many students enrolling in a training program in Maine have the same intention. As mentioned before, there is a rising demand for CNAs in this state with excellent job prospects.
The annual salary in Maine ranges from about $19,000 to $31,000 on average, depending on age, experience as well as training and location.
Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants
Maine Department of Human Services
Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services
Statehouse Station 11
41 Anthony Ave.
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: 800-791-4080, 207-624-7300
Department of Health & Human Services
Maine State Board of Nursing
Maine Department of Education