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.
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.
- 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
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|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|