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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 CNA 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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List of CNA Classes in New Mexico

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 Career Training Schools

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.

3 Steps to New Mexico CNA Certification

1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program

2) Pass the New Mexico CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)

3) Pass the New Mexico CNA test within 24 months of completing a nurse aide education program

How can I become a CNA in New Mexico if I currently hold a CNA license in another state?

You can apply for a New Mexico CNA license by way of reciprocity through the New Mexico State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to request to be included on the New Mexico nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by potential employers.

Helpful Links for Nursing Assistants in New Mexico

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