To become a CNA in Maine, you must take the training and pass the test. After you pass the test, you will be listed on the state’s registry.
Many technical schools, nursing facilities, and colleges offer the training.
- Must be 16 years old
- Pass a physical with a drug test
- Be TB negative and approved for lifting
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Pass a background check with fingerprinting
- No criminal background
You don’t need the training if you are a:
- Graduated nurse or student nurse with proof of training;
- Reciprocity CNA from another state in good standing with proof of training and the required forms;
- Graduate nurse from another state who has taken classroom study of at least 35 hours and clinical training of 50 hours; or
- Military nursing assistant who has proof of training and required forms.
All others must go through training. The Licensing and Regulatory Services have two lists of nursing facilities that provide training.
Programs are 180 hours. They are divided into 70 hours of clinical skills, 20 hours in the lab, and 90 hours in the classroom. After training, you can apply to take the test. The test has a written (or oral) test and a practical test.
The cost is about $1000. The exam fee is $45.
If you are employed, your employer will pay all fees.
- Your license expires every 2 years. It can be renewed if you have proof of employment as a CNA for at least 8 hours in the past 2 years.
- A reminder will be mailed to you 30-60 days before it expires.
- Professional citations, criminal offenses, and problems with the background check can keep you from taking the program.
- You must pass the test within 2 years of completing the training. If you do not take the test in the 2 years, you will have to take the training again.
- To renew, you must submit proof of continuing education if you work as a CNA.
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