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The medical community in Maine relies heavily on certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to assist licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) with the everyday care of patients. CNAs assist patients with everyday necessities like eating, bathing, getting dressed, and moving around, and also provide patients with basic medical attention through tasks like monitoring symptoms and taking vital signs.

Although some facilities will hire nursing assistants with only a high school diploma, there is an increasing demand for nursing assistants with preparatory training. Certified nursing assistant programs can be completed in as little time as several weeks to a few months, and offer classes in subjects like communication, interpersonal skills, medical terminology, physiology, gerontology, and hydration. Most CNA programs will also provide hands-on training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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There are currently around 9,480 jobs for nursing assistants in Maine, which generally pay between $21,150 and $27,980 per year. In Portland alone, where pay is slightly higher than the statewide average, there are approximately 2,700 jobs for nursing assistants, which generally pay between $23,180 and $30,010 per year. Some of the major employers for nursing assistants in the state include: Genesis Healthcare, Maine Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of the top certified nursing assistant programs in the state of Maine.