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Become a CNA in New Mexico

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in New Mexico

  • Apply to a state-approved online or campus based New Mexico CNA certification program. The state of New Mexico requires nurses’ aides to have a minimum of 75 hours of training, with 16 minimum clinical hours.
  • After finishing your course, complete the New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry Application (available at www.prometric.com/nurseaide/nm) within 24 months of completion of your training. Have your training program director complete Part D of the application before you send it to Thomson Prometric. A list of available test sites and dates is posted at www.prometric.com/NurseAide/NM. List your preferred test site and test date on your application form. Thomson Prometric must receive all application materials, any required documentation, and fees 15 days prior to your preferred test date.

  • The State of New Mexico will pay test fees for candidates who have been offered conditional employment or are currently employed by a Medicaid certified nursing facility. To qualify for the state to pay your test fees, an authorized representative of the facility must complete Part E of your New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry Application. The fee for Clinical Skills and Written Test is $99.75.
  •  After Thomson Prometric receives your completed application and fees and reviews it, you will be sent an Authorization to Test (ATT), which will tell you the date, time, and location of your test. On the day of the test, bring a government-issued photo ID, and a second form of ID with your name and signature.
  • If you pass both parts of the examination, you will be mailed a New Mexico Nurse Aide Certificate within two business days from the date you tested, and your name will be added to the New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry.
  • If you do not pass both tests within three attempts or within two years, you will need to take more training to reestablish your eligibility, under guidelines from New Mexico Human Services.
  • Additional questions about certification for nurse's aides in New Mexico should be directed to: New Mexico Department of Health

Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau
2040 S. Pacheco Street, Room 413
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505)476-9040


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