MaineHealth supports employee professional development through a variety of programs including apprenticeships, paid training, tuition reimbursement, language skills and more. Following is an overview of available programs:

Education and Training


Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

CNAs are caregivers who provide patient assistance with activities of daily living and basic needs. CNAs are an instrumental part of our healthcare system.

  • Maine Medical Center CNA Training - An eight-week, paid, CNA training program is sponsored by Maine Medical Center and Portland Adult Education.
  • LincolnHealth CNA Training - LincolnHealth currently offers a free, 10-week, CNA certification program in September, January and April each year. In addition to training, they offer a paid, CNA training program in partnership with the Maine Department of Labor.
  • Pen Bay Medical Center CNA Training -  Pen Bay Medical Center offers a paid, CNA training program in partnership with the Maine Department of Labor. Pen Bay also supports payment of the CNA certificate program’s tuition in partnership with the Mid-Coast School of Technology’s nine-week, CNA certification program.

Medical Assistant Training Programs

MaineHealth offers trainings as well as partners with educational trainings across our region for this role. If you would like more information specific to where you live, please respond with your location/region to learn more about additional local opportunities.

Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program

MaineHealth partners with Southern Maine Community College and York County Community College in a paid, part time 9 month Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Training program. This program is offered in partnership with Maine Medical Partners, Southern Maine Health Care and other MaineHealth local health systems like MidCoast Parkview Hospital and PenBay Medical Center. If accepted into a role, you must also submit application materials and meet community college admission requirements.

Upon graduation from educational training programs, students have participated in externship/clinicals and are prepared to become a certified medical assistant (CMA, RMA, NHA, etc.). Information will be posted on when accepting applications. Applications are usually open in the December-January timeframe. Look for postings that are titled Medical Assistant Apprentice.

School of Surgical Technology

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology is a one-year program supported by Southern Maine Community College. This program provides motivated students the opportunity to learn about surgical devices, tools and procedures - as well as the importance of contributing to the efficiency of an operating room team. This role supports surgeons, nurses and others by performing functions that provide a safe environment for surgical care. Employees at some locations may be eligible to apply for sponsorship.

Phlebotomy School

The NorDx Phlebotomy School is a six-week, paid training program with on-site training at NorDx locations. The school is designed to provide students with the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to become a certified phlebotomist. Students will learn about:

  • Drawing blood for medical tests
  • Customer service skills
  • Explaining procedures to patients

Upon course completion, students are guaranteed an interview for employment within MaineHealth.


Additional Resources and Opportunities

Tuition Reimbursement

MaineHealth employees may receive up to $2,000 per year in support of educational opportunities that enhance job knowledge and skills (if in a benefits-eligible position).

Language Enhancement

MaineHealth offers a variety of opportunities to support employees looking to improve their English language speaking and writing skills.

Leadership Training and Organizational Development

MaineHealth offers a range of tools, training, and course offerings that support development of strong leadership skills for our current care team members.

By partnering with our leaders on their professional growth and development, leaders can better thrive at their careers and thereby increase their contributions to our community and our patients.

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