The Certified Nursing Assistant course is a one-year program, which upon completion enables the student to sit for Maine CNA certification.  The class consists of two-to-three days of academic study and two-to-three days of clinical practice in local nursing facilities.  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 CNA course also offers a solid foundation for further education in the health care field.

Pre-requisite: Students must be 17 years of age before May of the school year in which the class is taken.

Certification: Maine State Board of Nursing CNA Certificate

  • Students will learn skills needed to work as a CNA and practice those skills in the skills lab at MCST prior to performing them in the local facilities.
  • Students will experience caring for residents in the three local nursing facilities.
  • Students will experience caring for patients in the hospital setting
  • Students will complete and present a Medical Career Exploration Project during the first semester and a Medical Condition Project during the second semester.
  • Students will be exposed to learning a variety of medical conditions along with the care they will be expected to render to patients/residents with those conditions.
  • Students will be guided to complete a Professional Portfolio