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.

Eligibility

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.

Fees

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

ALAMOGORDO BETTY DARE GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER 3101 N. FLORIDA AVENUE, ALAMOGORDO, NM 88310 5754340038
ALAMOGORDO NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY – ALAMOGORDO 2400 N. SCENIC DRIVE, ALAMOGORDO, NM 88311-0477 (575) 439-3807
ALBUQUERQUE ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 807 MOUNTAIN ROAD NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87102-2499 505 243-3658
ALBUQUERQUE CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE 525 BUENA VISTA SE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87106-4096  
ALBUQUERQUE MANZANO DEL SOL 5201 ROMA NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87108-1334 505-262-2311
ALBUQUERQUE PRINCETON PLACE 500 LOUISIANA, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87108 (505) 255-1717
ALBUQUERQUE UNIVERSAL CARE HOME HEALTH AGENCY INC. 8015 MOUNTAIN ROAD NE Suite 116B, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87110 505 990-1958
ANGEL FIRE ELIZABETH A. O’REILLY PO BOX 614, ANGEL FIRE, NM 87710  
CARLSBAD LAKEVIEW CHRISTIAN HOME HEALTH 1300 N. CANAL STREET, CARLSBAD, NM 88220 575 887-3947
CARLSBAD NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY – CARLSBAD 1500 UNIVERSITY DRIVE, CARLSBAD, NM 88220 (575) 234-9200
CLOVIS CLOVIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 417 SCHEPPS BOULEVARD, CLOVIS, NM 88101 (575) 769-2811
CROWNPOINT NAVAJO TECHNICAL COLLEGE PO BOX 849, CROWNPOINT, NM 87313-0849 (505) 786-4100
DEMING DEMING HIGH SCHOOL 501 WEST FLORIDA, DEMING, NM 88030  
ESPANOLA ESPANOLA VALLEY NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER 720 HACIENDA STREET, ESPANOLA, NM 87532  
ESPANOLA NORTHERN NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE 921 PASEO DE ONATE, ESPANOLA, NM 87532 (505) 747-2111
FARMINGTON LIFE CARE CENTER OF FARMINGTON 1101 WEST MURRAY DRIVE, FARMINGTON, NM 87401 (505) 326-1600
FARMINGTON SAN JUAN COLLEGE 4601 COLLEGE BOULEVARD, FARMINGTON, NM 87402 505 566-3496
FT. BAYARD FORT BAYARD MEDICAL CENTER PO BOX 36219, FT. BAYARD, NM 88036 (505) 537-3303
GALLUP UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO – GALLUP 200 COLLEGE ROAD, GALLUP, NM 87301 (505) 863-7593
HOBBS OLIVE LEAF INSTITUTE SCHOOL FOR LEARNING 2825 DAL PASO, HOBBS, NM 88240 575 392-7775
LAS CRUCES DACC GADSDEN CENTER 3400 SOUTH ESPINA STREET, LAS CRUCES, NM 88003  
LAS CRUCES DACC HATCH HIGH SCHOOL 3400 SOUTH ESPINA STREET, LAS CRUCES, NM 88003-8001  
LAS CRUCES DACC ONATE HIGH SCHOOL 3400 SOUTH ESPINA STREET, LAS CRUCES, NM 88003-8001  
LAS CRUCES DACC SUNLAND PARK CENTER 3400 SOUTH ESPINA, LAS CRUCES, NM 88003  
LAS CRUCES DONA ANA BRANCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3400 S. ESPINA, LAS CRUCES, NM 88003 (575) 527-7500
LAS VEGAS LUNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 366 LUNA DRIVE, LAS VEGAS, NM 87701 (505) 454-2500
LAS VEGAS VIDA ENCANTADA REHAB & NURSING 2301 COLLINS DRIVE, LAS VEGAS, NM 87701 (505) 425-9362
LOS LUNAS UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO – VALENCIA CAMPUS 280 LA ENTRADA, LOS LUNAS, NM 87031 (505) 925-8611
PORTALES HEARTLAND CONTINUING CARE CENTER 1604 WEST 18TH STREET, PORTALES, NM 88130 (505) 359-4719
PORTALES ROOSEVELT GENERAL HOSPITAL PO DRAWER 868, PORTALES, NM 88130  
RANCHOS DE TAOS UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO – TAOS 1157 COUNTY ROAD 110, RANCHOS DE TAOS, NM 87557 (505) 758-7648
RATON MINER’S COLFAX MEDICAL CENTER – LONG TERM CARE 900 SOUTH SIXTH, RATON, NM 87740 (505) 445-2741
RATON RATON NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 1660 HOSPITAL DRIVE, RATON, NM 87740  
ROSWELL EASTERN NM UNIVERSITY – ROSWELL PO BOX 6000, ROSWELL, NM 88202-6000 (575) 524-2510
ROSWELL ROSWELL JOB CORPS 57 G STREET, ROSWELL, NM 88202 (575) 347-7468
ROSWELL SUNSET VILLA CARE CENTER 1515 S. SUNSET AVENUE, ROSWELL, NM 88203 (505) 623-7097
RUIDOSO EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY – CAPITAN HIGH SCHOOL 709 MECHEM DRIVE, RUIDOSO, NM 88345  
RUIDOSO EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY – RUIDOSO 709 MECHEM DRIVE, RUIDOSO, NM 88348 (505) 257-9041
RUIDOSO EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY – RUIDOSO HIGH SCHOOL 709 MECHEM DRIVE, RUIDOSO, NM 88345  
SANTA FE SANTA FE CARE CENTER 635 HARKLE ROAD, SANTA FE, NM 87505 505 982-2574
SANTA FE SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 6401 RICHARD AVENUE, SANTA FE, NM 87508 (505) 428-1323
SANTA TERESA ANAMARC EDUCATION INSTITUTE 2660 AIRPORT ROAD SUITE 780, SANTA TERESA, NM 88008  
SANTA TERESA EMERALD NURSING SCHOOL – SANTA TERESA 1074 COUNTRY CLUB SUITE B-3, SANTA TERESA, NM 88008  
SILVER CITY WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY PO BOX 680, SILVER CITY, NM 88062 (575) 574-5140
SOCORRO SOCORRO GOOD SAMARITAN VILLAGE PO BOX 1279, SOCORRO, NM 87801-1279 (575) 835-2724
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES SIERRA HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE 1400 N. SILVER, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM 87901  
TUCUMCARI DR. DAN C. TRIGG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL; 301 EAST MIEL DE LUNA AVENUE, TUCUMCARI, NM 88401