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CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)

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  • What is a CNA? 
  • CNAs are caregivers who provide patients assistance with activities of daily living and basic needs. They also help patients feel safe and comfortable throughout their hospital stay. These direct caregivers spend most of their time assisting patients and listening to their concerns.
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  • How do I become a CNA?
    Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalency.  Students must take a CNA course that is State of Maine approved.  Courses include classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experience.  At the successful completion of the course, students take the State Certification Examination.


What CNA courses does Portland Adult Education have?
All of our CNA courses are State of Maine approved.  Courses are offered at a variety of Portland locations such as:
The Barron Center
First Atlantic Healthcare
Maine Medical Center
New England Rehabilitation Hospital
Saint Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence

  • How much does it cost? 
  • Tuition varies based on the program qualified for; no cost options available.  Tuition includes texts, materials, and fees.  
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  • How do I apply?
  • Contact the Portland Adult Education office at 874-8155 to sign up for an intake session.  Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalency.  


  • What is the Admission Process? 
  • The admission process includes the completion of an application packet, completion of a CASAS test (a reading assessment) with appropriate score, and an interview. 
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    • A complete application packet consists of:
      - Completed Application form
    • - Two copies of a picture ID with signature (driver's license or State ID card)
    • - One copy of proof of High School Graduation or equivalency
    • - Two copies of your Social Security Card
    • - A signed SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) form (page 6 of Application). Someone with a criminal background will not be admitted
    • - Two professional written references in sealed envelopes. The references have to be from people in a leadership capacity (for example, current and past supervisors). If you have not been employed for the last few years, another source of reference such as teacher, volunteer group leader, or clergy is acceptable.

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