CNA Classes & Programs in New Mexico
Certified nursing assistants, also commonly referred to as nursing assistants or nurse aides, perform a number of important patient care duties including measuring and recording patient vital signs, assisting patients with daily activities including range-of-motion exercises, dressing and feeding, as well as sanitizing patient rooms. An entry-level position that requires a brief training program, the CNA role is an excellent jumping off point to a career in nursing. In New Mexico, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $27,050, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Beginning a career as a CNA requires completion of a state-approved training program, which often takes only a matter of a few weeks to complete. After completing training, aspiring nursing assistants must pass their state's certification exam and become registered with their state. For additional details on admissions requirements for CNA training programs in New Mexico, please visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.
- Program Length: CNA training program length can vary, with some taking as little as 3 to 4 weeks to complete. In New Mexico, training programs are offered in many community colleges, vocational schools as well as a number of medical facilities and nursing homes. CNA training programs in New Mexico consist of at least 75 hours of training, including at least 16 hours of hands-on clinical training.
- Program Cost: The cost of a CNA training program varies from school to school. In some cases, nursing homes or other medical facilities may offer free CNA training in exchange for working for the facility. When researching training programs, be sure to determine the cost of additional fees, textbooks, uniform/supplies, exam costs, etc. in addition to the stated tuition in order to estimate the total price tag of a program.
- Board Approved Programs: Each state has its own requirements for CNA certification, which is why it is critical to select a training program that adheres to your home state's regulations. In New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Public Health oversees CNA training and certification. The Department offers a listing of Contact for State-Approved programs for students to peruse. To learn more, check out the CNA certification requirements for New Mexico.
- Online/In-Person Options: In some cases, the classroom portion of CNA training may be available in an online format. Online coursework is then accompanied by in-person lab work and clinical training hours in a local healthcare facility. For students who have busy work schedules and/or family obligations, these hybrid training programs may be a convenient way to start your career as a nursing assistant.
To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in New Mexico, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:
Las Cruces, NM
Los Alamos, NM
Los Lunas, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Silver City, NM
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