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