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CNA Classes in New Mexico

New Mexico is one of the most sparsely populated states which means there are many widely spread small communities in need of healthcare providers. One important role is Nurse Aides or CNAs and becoming one in the state of New Mexico can lead to a very rewarding career.

In order to work as a Nurse Aide in New Mexico, the state’s Department of Health requires aspiring nurse aides to acquire state-approved CNA licensing so they can be certified and then included in the Nurse Aide Registry.

In the state of New Mexico, nurse aides can work for 120 days while in search of a program. All the Nurse Aide’s classes and evaluation must be completed during this four-month grace period. Nurse Aides undergoing classes may only carry through duties for which they have undergone courses. A nurse aide’s status on the registry must be verified by employers before hiring. Military nurses, nursing students, and foreign nurses may directly take the exam as they can apply to be exempted from the program by providing the relevant documents to the Department of Health.

New Mexico CNA Certification Requirements

There are some requirements you must meet before you can become a CNA in New Mexico or even start classes. While lack of a high school diploma is not a basis for exclusion according to the DOH, CNA institutions might ask for it as a requirement before admission. However, there are few schools that will accept a passing grade while being assessed for entry.

The most important are:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (dependent on the program)
  • Undergo a physical exam and TB Clearance (current within 6 months)
  • Have two forms of valid state-issued ID
  • Be up to date with your immunizations
  • Have a clean criminal record (fingerprinting)
  • Possess a current CPR card

New Mexico CNA Classes & Testing Costs

To gain a CNA certification in the state of New Mexico you must pass a state-approved course. These must have a minimum of 75 hours, at least 16 of which must be dedicated to clinical learning. The duration of the program might vary based on the school. This combination of in-person and classroom learning is designed to make graduates job-ready to work straight away.

Certification costs vary in the state of New Mexico depending on when and where you get your classes. CNA classes in New Mexico may cost anywhere from $400 to $1,650 for tuition, which might not include textbook costs, uniform costs, etc. Because these programs are very often short-term there aren’t many options for financial aid, but it is suggested you discuss your options with a financial aid adviser. The costs of your classes though can be reimbursed by your first employer following certification. If a Medicaid-funded institution employs or offers you employment the state will fund your testing fees. For another list of locations offering CNA classes in New Mexico, follow this link.

CNA Classes & Nurse Aide Courses in New Mexico

If all of this sounds like CNA classes might be right for you, the following list are a few suggestions on where to get started. Each of these facilities offers classes. Please contact the organizations directly through the linked website for information on tuition. Because New Mexico is so sparsely populated most of the classes available can be found in Albuquerque, but we have listed some other options in other cities.

Training ProgramCityZip CodePhone
New Mexico State University AlamogordoAlamogordo, NM88310575-439-3600
Brookdale Juan Tabo PlaceAlbuquerque, NM87111505-291-0113
Brookdale Tramway RidgeAlbuquerque, NM87111505-271-9600
The University of New MexicoAlbuquerque, NM87131505-277-0111
Albuquerque Job CorpsAlbuquerque, NM87104505-346-2562
Brookline College AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM87105505-880-2877
Carrington CollegeAlbuquerque, NM87107505-200-3745
Career Enrichment CenterAlbuquerque, NM87102505-247-3658
For Your Care In-Home CareAlbuquerque, NM87112505-798-0978
Genesis Healthcare UptownAlbuquerque, NM87110505-296-5565
Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterAlbuquerque, NM87114505-898-7986
Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation CenterAlbuquerque, NM87111505-298-1231
Ladera CenterAlbuquerque, NM87120505-836-0023
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterAlbuquerque, NM87109505-348-8300
UNM College of NursingAlbuquerque, NM87131800-690-0934
IntelliTec College in AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM87109505-508-5225
Pima Medical Institute - AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM87110800-477-7462
Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque West-Rio RanchoAlbuquerque, NM87114800-477-7462
Pima Medical InstituteAlbuquerque, NM87110505-881-1234
Princeton PlaceAlbuquerque, NM87108505-255-1717
Visiting AngelsAlbuquerque, NM87107505-821-7500
CNM Montoya CampusAlbuquerque, NM87111505-224-3000
CNM Advanced Technology CenterAlbuquerque, NM87113505-224-3000
CNM Main CampusAlbuquerque, NM87106505-224-3000
CNM Workforce Training CenterAlbuquerque, NM87113505-224-5200
CNM Main Campus Student Services Center (SSC)Albuquerque, NM87106505-224-3000
Comfort Keepers Greater AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM87120505-232-7070
Home Care Assistance of AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM87111505-798-0800
Home Care Assistance of AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM87106505-224-3000
Interim HealthCare of Albuquerque NMAlbuquerque, NM87113505-633-8620
Rescare HomecareAlbuquerque, NM87104505-717-3367
Right at HomeAlbuquerque, NM87107505-266-5888
UNM Continuing EducationAlbuquerque, NM87131505-277-0077
Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterBelen, NM87002505-864-1600
New Mexico State University CarlsbadCarlsbad, NM88220575-234-9200
Clovis Community CollegeClovis, NM88101575-769-2811
Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterClovis, NM88101575-762-3753
Northern New Mexico CollegeEspañola, NM87532505-747-2111
Life Care Center of FarmingtonFarmington, NM87401505-326-1600
San Juan CollegeFarmington, NM87402505-326-3311
UNM GallupGallup, NM87301505-863-7500
New Mexico Junior CollegeHobbs, NM88240575-392-4510
National American UniversityKirtland AFB, NM87117505-853-7364
Doña Ana Community CollegeLas Cruces, NM88003575-527-7500
Doña Ana Community CollegeLas Cruces, NM88011575-527-7500
Casa De Oro CenterLas Cruces, NM88007575-523-4573
New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces, NM88003575-646-0111
Computer Career Center a Division of Vista CollegeLas Cruces, NM88011575-993-5952
The University of New Mexico-Valencia CampusLos Lunas, NM87031505-925-8500
Eastern New Mexico University - RoswellRoswell, NM88203575-624-7000
Fort Bayard Medical CenterSanta Clara, NM88026575-537-3302
Santa Fe Community CollegeSanta Fe, NM87508505-428-1000
Silver City Care CenterSilver City, NM88061575-388-3127
Western New Mexico UniversitySilver City, NM88062800-872-9668
Taos Living CenterTaos, NM87571575-758-2300
Dr Dan C Trigg Memorial HospitalTucumcari, NM88401575-461-7000
Mesalands Community CollegeTucumcari, NM88401575-461-4413

CNA Programs in Albuquerque, NM

Central New Mexico Community College. Central New Mexico Community College houses the School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety where you can attend a Nurse Aide course. It is a 155-hour long program which is comprised of 60 hours of classroom instruction, 45 hours in a lab setting, and 45 hours of clinical courses. For tuition information please contact the school directly.

Pima Medical Institute. The program is completed over the course of 6 weeks and consists of 130 hours of classroom instruction (52.5 hours), lab (37.5 hours) and hands-on learning (40 hours). Tuition is around $1,600 including textbooks.

CNA Programs in other New Mexico cities

Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, NM. The Nurse Aide course is comprised of classroom lectures, lab practice on mannequins and other students and clinical learning. It is 16 weeks long, separated into two sets of 8 weeks each. The first part is lectures and lab while the second consists of clinical demonstrations. For tuition and hours please contact the school directly at 575-527-7500, 800-903-7503 and Fax: 575-528-7300.

Northern New Mexico College. NNMC has a campus in Española, NM and a campus in El Rito, NM. The program is suitable for anyone who wishes to work as a Nurse Aide in acute or long-term care facilities. It consists of both classroom instruction and lab practice. For tuition information please contact the school directly. Phone numbers are as follow for Española Campus: (505) 747-2100 and for El Rito Campus: (575) 581-4100

Additional New Mexico CNA resources

The above information will help you get started on the path to becoming a qualified CNA and beyond. The information below will help as your career progresses, or with further educational goals.

New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry

To contact the New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry, use the information below:

[email protected]

Telephone Numbers
Phone 505-861-9680
Fax 505-841-6551

Mailing Address
ATTN: Nurse Aide Registry
5301 Central Avenue NE
Suite 1510- Room 11
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Full information can be found here:  https://www.nmhealth.org/about/dhi/hflc/prop/nar/

Out of State CNAs

CNAs from out of state can begin to work in New Mexico when they transfer their license through reciprocity if you are still active and have good standing in your home state’s registry.

You must provide your relevant documentation regarding certification, proof of classes, and listing on the registry. You must also have no evidence of abuse or neglect on the current license.

CNA Renewal in New Mexico

Your New Mexico CNA license is good for two years, after which it must be renewed.

To do this you must:

  • Show evidence of a minimum of 8 hours of paid-for work during the two years period under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
  • Complete the employment verification form.

Your new certification is valid for 24 months beginning from your last reported date of employment.

How much does a CNA make in New Mexico?

Like with any job, the location in the state and the employer mean that wages can vary between roles. On average, a CNA in New Mexico makes $16.39 hourly or a yearly salary of $34,090. Those in metropolitan areas tend to make more than rural, but of course, there is a higher cost of living in cities like Albuquerque. More experience and more education help lift the pay rate incrementally, and this is a career with continuous development opportunities to help you thrive.