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Certified NuRsing Assistant (CNA)

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) performs selected nursing services under the supervision of a registered professional nurse. To be a CNA, proof of 9th grade completion is necessary. You must also successfully complete Maine’s approved CNA training program, which is 180 hours including 90 hours of classroom theory, 20 hours of clinical laboratory work, and 70 hour of supervised clinical practice.

If you receive an offer of employment from a nursing home before you start the CNA training course, it won’t cost you anything. Your employer will pay for the course, textbooks or other required course materials. If you have already successfully completed the training and receive a job offer within 12 months, you may be eligible for reimbursement by the nursing home for costs incurred for the training program or competency evaluation. For more information, speak to your employer.