A career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a great first step for people who are looking to pursue a nursing career in the future.
CNA training classes in New Mexico, which have been approved by the New Mexico Department of Health, are available at several vocational and technical schools, community colleges, universities, nursing homes, hospitals, and several long term healthcare facilities. Certified CNA training classes include those that are offered in the following institutions:
- Central New Mexico Community College
- Clovis Community College
- Done Ana Community College
- Eastern New Mexico University
- Mesalands Community College
- New Mexico State University
- Northern New Mexico College
- Prima Medical Institute CNA Program
- San Juan College Nurse Aide Program
- The University of New Mexico
CNA training classes in New Mexico last for 75 hours, which includes a minimum of 16 hours of practical training. However, in order to be eligible for these CNA training classes in New Mexico, a minimum age requirement of 18 years has been implemented, along with other requirements, such as a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), a criminal background check, and a tuberculosis (TB) test.
After successfully completing CNA training in New Mexico, your next step will be to apply for the CNA competency exam, which is administered by Prometric. The CNA competency exam is divided into two parts: a written or oral part and a practical skills test. The fee for written-practical exam costs around $105 while the fee for oral-practical exam is cheaper at $115.50. Once you have passed the exam, your name will automatically be included into the New Mexico CNA Registry. Remember that the CNA competency exam can only be taken up to 3 times within 24 months.
CNA certification is only valid for 2 years and must be renewed in order to keep practicing as a CNA. But to qualify for renewal, you must have worked as a CNA within the last 24 months for at least 8 hours, paid.
CNAs who have obtained their certification from another state can also work in New Mexico by applying for reciprocity. The only requirement is that your current license must be valid and must be in a good standing order.