Nurse Aide Training Programs in New Mexico

A certified nurse aide should understand what is meant by the process of reciprocity and in what instances one needs to apply for reciprocity in New Mexico. Reciprocity is a process by which one state recognizes the educational credentials given to an individual by another state. By law, a nursing assistant certified in a state other than New Mexico needs to apply for reciprocity prior to becoming employed as a CNA in New Mexico. After review of one's credentials, the state in which you apply for nurse aide certification by reciprocity will grant or deny certification.

There are instances when a state may deny certification by reciprocity of a nurse aide. However, a nurse aide certification by reciprocity will be granted as long as your current certificate is active and in good status, and you are listed on the Nurse Aide Registry without findings of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property. Certain documents will be needed when you apply for reciprocity in New Mexico, including a copy of your CNA certificate, a form of identification, and your social security number. For a complete list of requested documents and to obtain a reciprocity application contact the New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry.

Central New Mexico Community College - Albuquerque
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Clovis Community College CNA Course
417 Schepps Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101

Dona Ana Community College - Las Cruces
3400 South Espina Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

Mesalands Community College Nurse Aide Class - Tucumcari
911 South 10th Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Eastern New Mexico University Nurse Aide Program - Roswell
52 University Blvd., Roswell, NM 88203

New Mexico State University (NMSU) Nurse Aide Training Program - Alamogordo
2400 North Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, New Mexico88310

New Mexico State University (NMSU) - Carlsbad
1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220

New Mexico State University (NMSU) Nurse Assistant Program - Grants
1500 North 3rd Street, Grants, New Mexico 87020

The University of New Mexico CNA Training Course - Valencia
280 La Entrada Rd., Los Lunas, NM 87031

University of New Mexico - Gallup
200 College Road, Gallup New Mexico 87301

San Juan College Nurse Aide Program - Farmington
4601 College Boulevard, Farmington, NM 87402

Northen New Mexico College C.N.A. Class - EspaƱola
921 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, New Mexico 87532

Northen New Mexico College Nurse Aide Course - El Rito
P.O. Box 160, El Rito, NM 87530

Pima Medical Institute CNA Program
957 South Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Felica G. on July 16, 2014 at 02:23 PM
How long do CNA classes take and what exactly do you have to do?


Admin on July 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Nursing assistant training courses may take anywhere between three weeks to three months to complete, depending on the facility or school which offers the program. To enroll in nurse aide classes you must meet certain admission criteria pertaining to education, health, and background history. Those who are accepted into CNA classes must complete both the classroom and hands-on practice sessions to graduate. Finally, one must pass a final exam which tests a candidate's skills and abilities to practice correctly and safely. When you pass this final test you become a certified nurse aide.


After becoming a CNA how much more experience, training or school has to be done to become a registered nurse?

I am in the military and I do not have too much time to actually attend a regular CNA program. Who offers online CNA classes?

How do I sign up for CNA training? I am having trouble finding the shortest training program in my area. Can you help me?

How long does it take to get the CNA certificate itself while in school taking courses?

Can you share any tips or advice regarding CNA job interviews?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.


While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.


A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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