CNA Classes in New Mexico (NM)

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If you want to be certified as a nurse aide in New Mexico, you need to meet certain state requirements. First, complete a training program accredited by the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH). Then, pass a competency test and enlist in the state CNA registry.


You must meet the following criteria to enroll in a CNA course in New Mexico:

  • Be at least 16.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a health exam that includes a drug and TB test.
  • Have proof of current vaccines.
  • Clear a criminal background check.

CNA Training and Testing

Check out the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) website to find a full list of approved programs. Expect to take at least 100 hours of hands-on training and another 75 hours of classroom work. It takes most students 13 weeks to finish the program.

You may be able to waive the training requirement if:

  • Your CNA license expired in the last 2 years.
  • You’re registered as a CNA in another state.
  • You graduated from a nursing program.
  • You were trained as a nurse in the military, completed military service in the last 24 months and have an approval letter from the DOH.

Once you’ve completed training, apply to take the CNA exam through the Prometric website. The exam includes a written test and a clinical skills test. The exam is only given in English. If English is your second language or you have a disability, you may ask to take an oral exam.


In New Mexico, CNA training costs around $1,000. If you currently work at an accredited health care facility, your employer should bear the costs of training and testing.

Exam fees are:

  • Written and skills: $105
  • Oral and skills: $115.50
  • Written retest: $38.85
  • Oral retest: $49.35
  • Skills retest: $66.15

If you work for a Medicaid nursing facility, the state of New Mexico will pay for your exam fees.

Certificate Renewal

Your CNA license is valid for 2 years. You can only renew the license if you’ve worked as a paid CNA for at least 8 hours during that time.

Key Facts

  • You must meet New Mexico Department of Health criteria to enroll in CNA training and apply for the exam.
  • You must pass your qualifying exam within 2 years of finishing the training program.

Featured CNA School in New Mexico

Central New Mexico Community Colleg

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City State ZIP Phone
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Santa Fe NM 87508 (505) 428-1323 Request Information
Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso Ruidoso NM 88348 (505) 257-9041 Request Information
Dona Ana Community College Las Cruces NM 88003 (575) 527-7500 Request Information
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque NM 87106 Request Information
University of New Mexico, Valencia County Los Lunas NM 87031 (505) 925-8611 Request Information
University of New Mexico, Gallup Campus Gallup NM 87301 (505) 863-7593 Request Information
Navajo Technical College Crownpoint NM 87313 (505) 786-4100 Request Information
Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Roswell NM 88202 (575) 524-2510 Request Information
New Mexico State University, Carlsbad Carlsbad NM 88220 (575) 234-9200 Request Information
Western New Mexico University Silver City NM 88062 (575) 574-5140 Request Information
San Juan College Farmington NM 87402 (505) 566-3496 Request Information
Clovis Community College Clovis NM 88101 (575) 769-2811 Request Information
Betty Dare Good Samaritan Center Alamogordo NM 88310 (575) 434-0038
New Mexico State University – Alamogordo Alamogordo NM 88311 (575) 439-3807
Albuquerque Public Schools Albuquerque NM 87102 (505) 243-3658
Manzano Del Sol Albuquerque NM 87108 (505) 262-2311
Princeton Place Albuquerque NM 87108 (505) 255-1717
Universal Care Home Health Agency Inc. Albuquerque NM 87110 (505) 990-1958
Elizabeth A. O’Reilly Angel Fire NM 87710
Lakeview Christian Home Health Carlsbad NM 88220 (575) 887-3947
Deming High School Deming NM 88030
Espanola Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Espanola NM 87532
Northern New Mexico Community College Espanola NM 87532 (505) 747-2111
Life Care Center Of Farmington Farmington NM 87401 (505) 326-1600
Fort Bayard Medical Center Ft. Bayard NM 88036 (505) 537-3303
Olive Leaf Institute School For Learning Hobbs NM 88240 (575) 392-7775
Dacc Gadsden Center Las Cruces NM 88003
Dacc Hatch High School Las Cruces NM 88003
Dacc Onate High School Las Cruces NM 88003
Dacc Sunland Park Center Las Cruces NM 88003
Luna Community College Las Vegas NM 87701 (505) 454-2500
Vida Encantada Rehab & Nursing Las Vegas NM 87701 (505) 425-9362
Heartland Continuing Care Center Portales NM 88130 (505) 359-4719
Roosevelt General Hospital Portales NM 88130
University Of New Mexico – Taos Ranchos De Taos NM 87557 (505) 758-7648
Miner’S Colfax Medical Center – Long Term Care Raton NM 87740 (505) 445-2741
Raton Nursing And Rehabilitation Center Raton NM 87740
Roswell Job Corps Roswell NM 88202 (575) 347-7468
Sunset Villa Care Center Roswell NM 88203 (505) 623-7097
Eastern New Mexico University – Capitan High School Ruidoso NM 88345
Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso High School Ruidoso NM 88345
Santa Fe Care Center Santa Fe NM 87505 (505) 982-2574
Anamarc Education Institute Santa Teresa NM 88008
Emerald Nursing School – Santa Teresa Santa Teresa NM 88008
Socorro Good Samaritan Village Socorro NM 87801 (575) 835-2724
Sierra Home Health And Hospice Truth Or Consequences NM 87901
Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital; Tucumcari NM 88401