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CNA Training in New Mexico

Browse local CNA courses offered at New Mexico schools

Complete CNA certification training in 3 months to become a licensed nursing assistant

There are around fourteen schools in the state of New Mexico that specialize in CNA training. Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant can be a rewarding career for those who love to serve and assist others. CNAs are commonly found working in nursing homes, adult day care centers, hospitals, and home health care settings. They assist the nurse with the care of the patient/s and complete such tasks as taking vital signs, collecting specimens, and reporting any changes in the patient’s condition. The nurse assistant also helps the patient in completing various tasks such as bathing, grooming, feeding, and many other activities of daily living. As the population of the elderly increases, so will the need for CNAs and others who specialize in the hands-on care of the sick, elderly, and disabled.

How Can I Find CNA Training Programs Near Me?

Browse our list of New Mexico schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly. Use our custom school search tool to identify CNA training programs near you with open enrollment.

How Much Can You Make as a CNA in New Mexico?

Once you complete your CNA course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion by your training institution. At that time, you may apply to take an exam called the National Nurses Aid Assessment Program examination. Upon passing the exam, you will be a Certified Nursing Assistant. The CNA salary varies depending on geographic location, years of experience, and employer, but generally ranges anywhere from $20,000 to $28,000 per year. Once again, this is largely dependent on your individual circumstances.

How to Become a CNA in New Mexico

Before you begin training as a nursing assistant, you must first be a high school graduate or attain your GED. To complete the nursing assistant program, you will have to attain a certain number of in-class and clinical learning hours once the program begins. When you apply to the school of your choice, you may even have the opportunity of completing your in-class work in the comfort of your home through on-line study. Some of the subjects of study that are found in the curriculum are basic healthcare skills, body structure and function, and first aid emergency procedures.

Can I Transfer My CNA License to New Mexico?

If you are a certified nursing assistant from another state and have just moved to New Mexico you can apply to the Nursing Aide Registry in New Mexico for what is called “reciprocity”. As long as you can provide verification that you completed a state approved CNA certification program, are currently certified in another state, and have worked as a CNA recently. You would not need to take the New Mexico exam or training if you are granted reciprocity. CNA licenses usually need to be renewed every two years.

What is it Like Being a CNA?

By becoming a CNA you can take pride in knowing that what you do will make a difference in the lives of others. You will be the one who reaches out and touches many lives. Your education and your career as a CNA will give you a whole new outlook on what it means to assist and to serve. It takes a special, compassionate, selfless individual to care for others. To assist and serve those in need not only lifts them up and gives them a sense of worth, but it will do the same for you.

CNA Classes in New Mexico (NM)

Central New Mexico Community College – Albuquerque

525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Clovis Community College CNA Course

417 Schepps Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101

Dona Ana Community College – Las Cruces

3400 South Espina Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

Eastern New Mexico University Nurse Aide Program – Roswell

52 University Blvd., Roswell, NM 88203

Mesalands Community College Nurse Aide Class – Tucumcari

911 South 10th Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401

New Mexico State University (NMSU) – Carlsbad

1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220

New Mexico State University (NMSU) Nurse Aide Training Program – Alamogordo

2400 North Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, NM 88310

New Mexico State University (NMSU) Nurse Assistant Program – Grants

1500 North 3rd Street, Grants, New Mexico 87020

Northen New Mexico College CNA Class – Espanola

921 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, New Mexico 87532

Northen New Mexico College Nurse Aide Course – El Rito

P.O. Box 160, El Rito, NM 87530

Pima Medical Institute CNA Program

957 South Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202

San Juan College Nurse Aide Program – Farmington

4601 College Boulevard, Farmington, NM 87402

The University of New Mexico CNA Training Course – Valencia

280 La Entrada Rd., Los Lunas, NM 87031

University of New Mexico Gallup

200 College Road, Gallup, New Mexico 87301

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New Mexico CNA Certification Requirements

– complete state approved CNA training program
– pass both parts of competency evaluation (written & skills)
– pass competency test within 24 months of completion of training

New Mexico CNA Resources

New Mexico Board of Nursing
New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry
Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants