The Certified Nurse Assistant program is a one year program at Lake Region Vocational Center.
Students learn to maintain a proper patient environment, record and report observations, provide assistance in personal hygiene, assist with emergency situations and communicate effectively and professionally.
Students who successfully complete the program will obtain CPR and First Aid certification and are eligible to take the State of Maine Certified Nurse Assistant Exam and obtain placement on the CNA Registry. Some graduates have immediately begun work as CNAs while others have continued to post-secondary programs and universities to further their health care careers.
Click on http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/cna/home.html for more information on CNA from the state level.
Health care jobs are among the fastest growing career opportunities. All require an element of caring in addition to specific medical and technological knowledge.
If you are interested in helping people and are willing to work hard then this program is for you!
Strong reading, writing, and math skills
Able to communicate clearly and concisely
At least 16 years of age
Students must pass a medical clearance exam for participation in clinical rotations and show proof of immunity to certain medical conditions
Pass a criminal record check
Students are required to participate in a minimum of 90 hours in a clinical setting and a skills lab under the direction of an RN instructor. An academic score of 80 is expected to be maintained in order to proceed to the clinical sites.
Before completion of the program students create a professional portfolio. This includes a cover letter and resume, job shadow and clinical setting reports, transcripts, samples of work, and awards and certificates.