Certified Nursing Assistant Program
The Certified Nursing Assistant program is a three-credit, three-period class designed for students who are interested in the nursing field.
The Certified Nursing Assistant program is an intensive class consisting of classroom theory and lab, and practice of skills at clinical sites. Students rotate through clinical settings which include caring for acutely ill patients, skilled and long term care residents, and Alzheimers patients.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be eligible to sit for the State of Maine CNA exam. Students will be helped to find job placement in area health care facilities if so desired.
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work under the supervision of a registered professional nurse and provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks. Working closely with patients, CNAs are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming, and feeding patients, assisting nurses with patient procedures, and checking patient vital signs. CNAs give patients important social and emotional support, and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.
CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities, and private homes. Job prospects for CNAs are expected to be excellent due to the increasing long-term care needs of an aging population.
Being a CNA can be a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse. This program can also help you to decide if nursing is the career for you.
Students applying for this program need to be 16 years old.
Health Science Career Exploration Program
This college prep course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field--doctor, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, emergency medicine, veterinary medicine, sports medicine, radiology/ imaging, dental hygiene, dentist, and many more. This is a three-credit, three-period course offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who take high level english, math, and science courses, have excellent attendance records, and a sincere interest in a medical career. The course includes anatomy and physiology, basic medical information, CPR certification, First Aid Certification, and medical terminology. Students will read and respond to medical texts, write journals on clinical experiences, and research diseases. Oral and written presentations of research done on disease processes will be an integral part of learning activities.
Health Science Career students rotate through many clinical sites at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center, Norway Veterinary Hospital, Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice, and other area medical sites significant to student interest. On completion of the one-year program the student will receive a certificate of 20 hours in a health related internship site.
Allied Health Advisory Board members:
Anne Cook-R.N. Maine Veteran's Home, Melanie Corbett, R.N.-Market Square Health Facility, Anita Day R.N.-Stephens Memorial Hospital, Lisa Heald, R.N.-Stephens Memorial Hospital, Julie Hermans, R.N.-Norway Rehab and Living Center, and Patty Tisdale, R.N.-Norway Rehab and Living Center.
Instructor: Julie Harlow
Phone: (207) 743-7756 ext. 2091
Fax: (207) 743-0667