CNA Education Program

CNA Education and Career Advancement Ladder Programs

Imagine going to work each day knowing you’re making a real difference in the lives of patients and families. Imagine a rewarding career, with thorough training, competitive pay, and full benefits. Interested in a new career as a CNA? This is for you.

We’re a good fit

Certified nursing assistants (CNA) are in high demand and have many roles and responsibilities at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. CNAs have the choice of working in a variety of units and shifts throughout the hospital. Whatever your interests may be, you’re likely to find an area that works with your strengths.

Where to start

Become a licensed CNA through a paid apprenticeship program at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. This 40 hour per week, paid position consists of 16 to 24 hours of class and clinical experience with the remaining hours spent working as a patient observer on one of the many inpatient nursing units. If you are accepted in the program, you will be a fulltime employee while earning your CNA certificate.
  • Each class of the apprenticeship program typically runs three months and is offered four times each year in April – June, June – August, September – November, and December – February.
  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a high school graduate or equivalent, participate in a pre-admission interview, pass pre-employment background check, be willing to work a five-day work week while in training, and commit to working at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for three years post training.
If you have questions, please contact Sandy Benton, MSN, RN, CCRN, manager, Clinical Education, (207) 973-6895 or sbenton@northernlight.org

Grow with us

We don’t want our team members to just show up to work every day, we want them to thrive. That is why we’re passionate about investing in our people and encouraging their personal and professional growth. In addition to continued clinical training and professional skills workshops, we offer career advancement in which CNAs can grow to a CNA II or CNA III level. This ladder recognizes and rewards professional development among our team of CNAs, while giving them an opportunity to stay and grow in their profession.

Find the CNA Career Advancement Ladder application instructions here.

If you have questions, please contact Sohonnel Thompson, RN, BSN, MHA, associate vice president for Critical Care Services, Respiratory Medicine, and Clinical Education Services, 207.973.8560, sthompson@emhs.org; or Kim Demers, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, associate vice president, Patient Care Services, 207.973.4025, kdemers@emhs.org.