Health Careers Academy


Recommendations: It is recommended that students take biology and health courses prior to attending this program.  Attendance is vital to this program, as there are state mandated hour requirements that must be fulfilled prior to take the CNA exam. A student interview and references may be required.  A student must be 16 years of age to be eligible for a State of Maine Board of Nursing CNA license.  Students cannot gain employment until they are 18 years of age.

Teachers in the Health Careers Academy encourage juniors to take the Medical Terminology course at CATC to provide a solid foundation of the medical language and before enrolling in the CNA program as a senior.  Criminal background checks are required by the State in order to complete the CNA certification.

The CNA program provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to learn the skills necessary to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Students learn how to give basic nursing care to patients and residents.  This includes assisting with personal hygiene, movement, nutrition, elimination, communication and emergency situations.  In the classroom, students learn about anatomy and physiology, diseases, illnesses and conditions of the human body, and they practice tasks in the skills lab.  Working in the local nursing homes and hospital is required.

Qualified students who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to take the State of Maine Certified Nursing Assistant exam in the spring and to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Students are prepared to work as a CNA and/or further their education in nursing or other medical fields.

Certifications Offered:
State of Maine Certified Nursing Assistant certification
OSHA 10 hour Healthcare certification



The first semester of the course will cover medical terminology. The second semester of the course will cover veterinarian terminology.

Students will learn human anatomy and physiology and companion animal anatomy and physiology, fire safety, medical and veterinarian terminology, and infection control procedures.  Students will practice skills related to human and animal studies, such as vital signs, feeding and bathing, and other various human and animal nursing procedures. :  Students will have the opportunity to visit different types of medical facilities including acute, long term care, job shadows and clinical experiences at local animal shelters and clinics working with companion animals

Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible to become employed in a medical office setting and/or veterinary clinic.  This is an excellent course to begin education in the health field because students will learn the terminology that will be a good basis for any medical career.

Certifications Offered:

American Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR certification
OSHA 10 hour Healthcare certification
Basic Serv Safe Food Handler certification

College Credit Opportunities
Dual Enrollment with: Central Maine Community College