Become a CNA in New Hampshire

Steps in Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in New Hampshire

  1. Applicants must be at least 16, but may still be a high school student.
  2. Applicants must be certified in CPR prior to entering any training program for Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs).
  3. LNAs in the state of New Hampshire must be graduates of a board-approved nursing assistant training program.

  4. Take your state Written and Clinical Competency tests for LNAs. Most training programs provide this opportunity at no extra charge within a week of graduation. If not, it costs $40 to register and $125 to take the test. Information is available at the Board's website at www.nh.gov/nursing.
  5. Complete a state of New Hampshire application to become a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA). The application can be found at www.nh.gov/nursing/general/index.html#forms . The application states that you must have either (1) completed a New Hampshire CNA certification program and sat for written and clinical testing; or (2) completed the Nursing Fundamentals portion of a RN or LPN program or a LNA Challenge Exam and written and clinical testing.
  6. Along with your application, you must also submit a Fingerprint and Criminal Background Check and provide a fee of $55.25 payable to State of NH – Criminal Records. The form for this can be found online at www.nh.gov/nursing/general/documents/rn_lna_background.doc and should be mailed, along with the fee, to:

    New Hampshire Department of Safety
    Division of State Police
    Central Repository for Criminal Records
    33 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH  03305

  7. Send your completed application, along with a copy of your certificate of completion from nurse assistant training school and report of Written and Clinical Competency, along with a fee of $35 payable to Treasurer, State of New Hampshire, to:

    State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire Board of Nursing
    21 S. Fruit St., Ste. 16
    Concord, NH 03301-2431

  8. Do not accept a job as an LNA in the state of New Hampshire before receiving your license. It is mandatory to have a license to be able to practice as a nursing assistant in New Hampshire.

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