CNA Classes in New Mexico (NM)

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.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

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

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