CNA Training Programs in New Mexico
CNA Certification in New Mexico
The New Mexico Department of Health approves CNA training programs for the state. Prometric administers the New Mexico Nurse Aide Competency Exam and manages the Nurse Aide Registry. There is no list of CNA programs provided by the New Mexico Department of Health, however, if you contact Theresa Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Department of Health Division of Health Improvement she can help you find programs in your area. A short list of approved programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe is provided below.
- Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse
- Online Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Nursing Programs and Certificates
CNA Training in New Mexico
Federal and State laws require CNAs working in a Medicaid approved nursing facility, which means most CNAs in New Mexico, to have completed a state approved CNA program and the New Mexico Nurse Aide Competency Examination. As mentioned above, you can find approved programs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque posted below and for anywhere else you can contact the New Mexico Department of Health Division of Health Improvement.
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Economic Research and Analysis Bureau reports that CNA and related occupations make an average hourly wage of $10.86 and an average annual salary of $22,580. They also project job growth for the CNA and related positions to be positive through 2018. The Eastern portion of the state is projected 17.2% growth, the Northern portion of the state is projected 28.1% growth and the Southern portion of the state is projected 11.7% growth. This does not mean that there will be guaranteed CNA jobs for those that complete a CNA program, but it does indicate that this may be an opportunistic time to start researching CNA programs in New Mexico.
The CNA position is often a great launch pad for future nursing (RN & LPN) and health care career opportunities that require higher education. It is a way to get your foot in the door. It may even be worth your while to research the LPN programs in New Mexico to see if it might be the right move for you to enroll in an LPN program.
You may also be interested in checking out the Medical Assisting programs in New Mexico. These programs take around 6 months to complete, however the earning potential is a bit more than for a CNA. According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Economic Research and Analysis Bureau a Medical Assistant in New Mexico earns and average hourly wage of $12.69 and an average annual salary of $26,400.
Approved CNA Programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico
|Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Drive Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87106-4096
|Rio Rancho Nursing & Rehabilitation
4210 Sabana Grande Avenue Southeast
Rio Rancho, NM 87124-1152
500 Louisiana Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87108-2051
|Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87508, NM 87508