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:
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:
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.
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.