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.

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