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Region 8, Mid-Coast School of Technology

Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant

The Certified Nursing Assistant course is a one-year program, which upon completion enables the student to sit for the Maine State Certification Examination for certified nursing assistant. Students who pass the examination then can apply for the Certified Nursing Assistant Registry. The class entails three days of academic study and two days of clinical practicum. Academic study includes portfolio development, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, systems theory, and skills lab training. Area health care facilities are used for clinical experience. This course requires a total of 150 hours, broken down into 80 hours of theory, 20 hours of skills lab and 50 hours of clinical time, to be eligible to sit for the exam. Upon completion of the program and placement on the Maine State Certified Nursing Assistant Registry, the student will be able to work in a variety of health care settings. The Certified Nursing course also offers a solid foundation for further education in the health care field.

Certified nursing assistant students will have hands on experience with the skills learned in class at local health care facilities. Jobs for certified nursing assistants are expected to increase faster than other occupations over the next ten years. Job openings are expected to grow 22% through 2014. The salary for certified nursing assistants ranges from $21,440 to $35,230 annually.


Course Requirements

Projects: Students will present a project on medical career exploration during the first semester and a project on a medical condition during second semester. Each project will include a two page paper, poster and oral class presentation.

Students will read one article a week and answer ten to fifteen questions demonstrating understanding of article content.

Technology: Students will demonstrate the use of computers for research on medical conditions, vocabulary and current health issues.

Career Prep: Students will complete a personal statement, resume and cover letter for their professional portfolio.

Professional Attributes: Students will be evaluated on professional attire, professional behavior, honest, good attendance on field trips.

A unit exam will be given after completion of each unit. Students should also expect mid-term and final exams.

Clinical Experience:  Students will spend a minimum of 70 hours clinical time in local nursing facilities. That is broken down into 20 hours of skills lab and 50 hours of clinical time.



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Monique Moreau

Health Sciences Instructor

I am the CNA and Medical Science instructor here at MCST. I am a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing in Lewiston,...  more Read more about Monique Moreau


Course Details


This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.


This course is held at Mid-Coast School of Technology .


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