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New Mexico, NM - CNA Certification Training Programs

Depending on your goals and qualifications to meet the CNA requirements in New Mexico, NM you may want to answer a few basic questions before you proceed on the right education path. 

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New Mexico, like many other states, is experiencing high demand for CNAs. Certified Nursing Assistants—known as “Certified Nurse Aides” in New Mexico—usually work in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and home health care settings, but also find employment in clinics and hospitals. Full time Certified Nursing Assistants in New Mexico average around $25,000 per year (according to benefits, which is right around the national average. With an affordable cost of living, this makes New Mexico an attractive place to begin a career in the health industry as a CNA.

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CNA training in New Mexico is regulated by the New Mexico Department of Health. Training courses consist of a Federal minimum of 75 hours of training, with at least 16 hours in the classroom and 16 hours of hands-on clinical instruction, and can be completed in as little as two weeks. In addition, it is possible to have a long-term care facility pay for training with commitment to stay with the facility for a pre-determined period of time after training is complete.

CNA licenses in New Mexico are issued after passing a test administered by Prometric , who also provide practice tests. The two-part test includes a written examination and a skills demonstration component at a cost of $95. Once one has successfully passed the CNA exam and registered with the New Mexico CNA registry (, certification must be renewed every two years with proof of at least eight hours of employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant over the same time period.

There are many licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (Aide) schools in New Mexico. Below, you will find a list of approved colleges and universities to use as a starting point for finding the right program for you. It is also advisable to check at a long-term care facility near you, as they often can provide training, or will know which school they prefer for incoming employees.

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Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute
Central New Mexico Community College - Albuquerque
Clovis Community College CNA Course
Dona Ana Community College - Las Cruces
Eastern New Mexico University Nurse Aide Program - Roswell
Mesalands Community College Nurse Aide Class - Tucumcari
New Mexico State University (NMSU) Nurse Aide Training Program - Alamogordo
New Mexico State University (NMSU) - Carlsbad
New Mexico State University (NMSU) Nurse Assistant Program - Grants
Northern New Mexico College C.N.A. Class - Española
Northern New Mexico College Nurse Aide Course - El Rito
Pima Medical Institute CNA Program
San Juan College Nurse Aide Program - Farmington
The University of New Mexico CNA Training Course - Valencia
University of New Mexico - Gallup