CNA Courses in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Health responsible for nursing assistant’s certification in the state. To achieve this certification, you will be required to complete an approved course and pass the state exam. Various community colleges, vocational/technical colleges, and independent nursing facilities provide uch courses, recognized by the state’s Department of Health. Such a course includes at least 75 hours of training that involves classroom training and applied clinical exercises. Following topics are covered during the course of this training:

  • Patient care
  • Activities of daily living, hygiene and nutrition
  • Restorative care
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • CPR training
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Promoting residents’ rights
  • Maintaining records and on-time reporting

Prerequisites for nurse aide courses

  • Clean criminal background
  • Passing medical and drug examination

Required skills

  • Good behavior
  • Excellent interaction skills
  • Good stamina
  • All-round consistent performance

 New Mexico State Approved CNA Courses

Name of the School Address Contact No. Fax no. Official Website
Central New Mexico Community College 525 Buena Vista Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505) 224-3000
Dona Ana Community College 2800 Sonoma Ranch Boulevard, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011 (575) 527-7500,(800) 903-7503 (575) 528-7300
Mesalands Community College 911 South Tenth Street,Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401 (575) 461-4413
Eastern New Mexico University 1500 South Avenue K,Portales, NM 88130 (575) 562-1011
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico (575) 646-0111
University of New Mexico-Gallup 705 Gurley Avenue, Gallup, NM87301 (505) 863-7500
Northen New Mexico College  – Española 921 North Paseo de Oñate,Española, NM 87532 (505) 747-2100
American Red Cross in New Mexico 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE,Albuquerque , NM 87109 (505) 265-8514
Clovis Community College 417 Schepps Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101 (575) 769-2811 ,(800) 769-1409 (575) 769-4190
  • Carlsbad Medical Center
    Contact Number: (575) 887-4100
    Address: – 2430, West Pierce Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico- 88220
    Fax: (630) 792-5636
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  • Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center
    Contact Number: (575) 434-4510
    Address: – 205, Moonglow Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico- 88310
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  • Casa De Oro
    Contact Number: (575) 523-4573
    Address: – 1005, Lujan Hill Road, Las Cruces, New Mexico-88005
    Fax: (505) 524-9639
  • Casa Del Sol
    Contact Number: (505) 522-0404
    Address: – 2905, East Missouri, Las Cruces, New Mexico-88011
    Fax: (505) 522-2532
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center
    Contact Number: (505) 623-6008
    Address: – 1601, South Main, Roswell, New Mexico- 88201
    Fax: (505) 622-6651
  • Casa Real
    Contact Number: (505) 984-8313
    Address: – 1650, Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico- 87501
    Fax: (505) 984-2542
  • Cedar Ridge Inn
    Contact Number: (505) 598-6000
    Address: – 800, Saguaro Trail, Farmington, New Mexico- 87401
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  • Clayton Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre
    Contact Number: (575) 374-2353
    Address: – 419, Harding, Clayton, New Mexico- 88415
    Fax: (575) 374-2915
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  • Colfax General Ltc/Lab
    Contact Number: (575) 483-3300
    Address: – 615, Prospect Avenue, Springer, New Mexico- 87747
  • Laurel Plains Healthcare
    Contact Number: (505) 762-4705
    Address: – 1400, West 21st Street, Clovis, New Mexico- 88101
    Fax: (505) 762-4199
  • Laurel Ridge Healthcare
    Contact Number: (505) 762-3753
    Address: – 1201, Norris Street, Clovis, New Mexico- 88101
    Fax: (505) 762-7566
  • Laurel View Health Care Center
    Contact Number: (505) 822-6000
    Address: – 5900, Forest Hills Drive Ne, Albuquerque, New Mexico- 87109
    Fax: (505) 822-6244
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  • Lea County Good Samaritan
    Contact Number: (505) 393-3156
    Address: – 1701, North Turner, Hobbs, New Mexico- 88240
  • Lea Regional Medical Center
    Contact Number: (575) 492-5000
    Address: – 5419, North Lovington Highway, Hobbs, New Mexico- 88240
    Fax: (630) 792-5636
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  • Los Amigo Care Center
    Contact Number: (505) 877-9292
    Address: – 1148, Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa, New Mexico- 88435
  • Lovelace Transitional Care Unit
    Contact Number: (505) 262-7979
    Address: – 5400, Gibson Southeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico- 87108
    Fax: (505) 262-7188
  • Retirement Ranches Inc.
    Contact Number: (575) 762-4495
    Address: – 2221, Dillon Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico- 87101
    Fax: (575) 762-8051
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  • Rio Rancho Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre
    Contact Number: (505) 892-6603
    Address: – 4210, Sabana Grande Southeast, Rio Rancho, New Mexico- 87124
    Fax: (505) 891-8774
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  • Ruidoso Care Center
    Contact Number: (505) 923-5678
    Address: – 200, Resort Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico- 88355
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  • San Juan Manor
    Contact Number: (505) 325-2910
    Address: – 806, West Maple, Farmington, New Mexico- 87401
    Fax: (505) 325-0191
  • Santa Fe Care Center
    Contact Number: (505) 982-2574
    Address: – 635, Harkle Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico- 87505
    Fax: (505) 988-1942
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  • Sierra Health Care Center
    Contact Number: (575) 894-7855
    Address: – 1400, Silver Street, T or C, New Mexico- 87901
    Fax: (505) 894-6438
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  • Silver City Care Center
    Contact Number: (575) 388-3127
    Address: – 3514, Fowler Avenue, Silver City, New Mexico- 88061
  • Socorro Good Samaritan Village
    Contact Number: (575) 835-2724
    Address: – 1203, Highway 60 West, Socorro, New Mexico- 87801
    Fax: (575) 835-4378
  • Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre
    Contact Number: (505) 662-4300
    Address: – 1011, Sombrillo Court, Los Alamos, New Mexico- 87544
    Fax: (505) 662-4300
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Procedure for applying for State certification exam

You will become eligible for the New Mexico CNA Competency exam, once you complete your course. This exam consists of two parts: a written test part and clinical skills evaluation part. The written test comprises 60 multiple choice questions that must be solved in 90 minutes, which evaluates candidates’ theoretical nursing understanding. During the skills test, computer randomly selects and assigns any 3 skills in addition to 2 skills (Hand washing and Indirect Care) to the candidates, which are to be performed under a proctor’s supervision. Duration for the skills test ranges between 31 minutes and 40 minutes depending on the skills you are required to perform. A proctor will evaluate your performance in those 5 skills and accordingly, your result will be decided. Passing in both these tests will guarantee your license. The Nurse Aide Registry provides this license, by means of which one can work as a nursing assistant in any long-term care facility, clinic, hospital, old age home, rehabilitation center, etc.. One can challenge the certification exam thrice during 2-year validity period and if he/she fails in his/her third try; retaking the course and certification exam will be required. Failing in either written test or skills test (during first or second try only) will require you retaking that test only.

At least 8 hours of nurse aide work experience in any authorized nursing facility over the last 2 years in New Mexico will be required to be eligible for license renewal. After every 2 years, license must be renewed. Make certain that you renew it because this is the only thing that will allow you to continue working as a nurse aide in that state.

Candidates with an intention of shifting to the State of New Mexico to gain certified nursing assistant’s job will require obtaining a reciprocity form from the Nurse Aide Registry. Make sure you prove the following details along with the completed application form to succeed in transferring:

  • Valid certificate from the home state
  • Completion of a state-approved CNA training program that meets New Mexico’s CNA program requirements
  • Good reputation with the home state
  • Clean criminal record track

After submitting these documents along with the application form, candidates will be notified regarding their transfer status following documents verification. If these requirements are met, the Nurse Aide Registry will honor you with a license. This will allow you to get employed as a nursing assistant in the state.

Around $22,600 and $10.86 are earned by a certified nursing assistants in New Mexico on an average per year and per hour respectively. The state is expected to see impeccable growth in nurse aide job openings over the next 6 years as the number of health care centers is increasing and so is the population of old people. With demand for trained professionals is on the rise in New Mexico, pursuing CNA as a career f can make- for a rewarding career in the health sector.

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