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New Mexico CNA Programs

New Mexico CNA Training

Although many industries are struggling right now, the health care sector is continuing to grow. There are many positions available in the medical field that don't require many years of expensive training. Many people are learning that New Mexico CNA classes can be used to gain the skills and training needed to work alongside doctors and nurses every day.

Many people think that returning to school is a long process that takes a lot of money to be able to complete, but New Mexico CNA classes are different. These training courses are required in order to become a certified nursing assistant, and are often offered by community colleges or health care organizations for a low cost.

For anyone who has always wondered what it would be like to work with the latest medical technology and be able to help people live happier, healthier lives, becoming a CNA might be the perfect decision. Certified nursing assistants are responsible for taking vital signs, recording patient histories, and assisting doctors and nurses with treatment execution.

Becoming a CNA in New Mexico

In order to become a CNA in New Mexico, one must complete a nurse aide training program consisting of at least 75 hours, at least 16 of which must be supervised practical training where the student demonstrates skills hands-on. 16 hours of training must be completed in the following fields prior to working as a nurse aide:

  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Infection Control
  • Safety/Emergency Procedures
  • Promoting Independence
  • Respecting Patients' Rights
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Measuring/Recording Vital Signs/Height and Weight
  • Caring for the Patients' Environment
  • Recognizing/Reporting Abnormal Changes
  • Caring for Dying Patients
  • Personal Care Skills (Bathing, Positioning, Toileting, etc.)
  • Responding to Patient Behavior
  • Awareness of the Aging Process
  • Using Patients' Families as a Source for Emotional Support
  • Caring for those with Cognitive Imparities, Dementia, and Alzheimer's
  • Basic Restorative Services (Use of Assist Devices, Range-of-Motion Exercises, etc.)
  • Confidentiality
  • Alternatives to Restraint Use

Once an individual has completed a nurse aide training program, he or she must take a competency exam. Those who are registered as CNAs in another state can request reciprocity and become a nurse aide in NM.

Additional Resources:

NM CNA Programs

Other NM Schools with CNA Programs

Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute
4700 Morris Street Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Boulevard
Clovis, NM 88101
Dona Ana Branch Community College
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Eastern New Mexico University
52 University Blvd
Roswell, NM 88203
Mesalands Community College
911 S 10th St
Tucumcari, NM 88401
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
New Mexico State University
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310
New Mexico State University
1500 N Third St
Grants, NM 87020
New Mexico State University
1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Northern New Mexico Community College
921 N. Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532
San Juan College
4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402
University of New Mexico
705 Gurley Ave.
Gallup, NM 87301
University of New Mexico Valencia
280 La Entrada Rd
Los Lunas, NM 87031

New Mexico CNA Resources on NurseGroups.com

New Mexico Board of Nursing
6301 Indian School Road, NE
Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 841-8340
Fax: (505) 841-8347

New Mexico Nurses Association