There are two words to sum up the career outlook for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) – in demand. The growing senior population coupled with a high turnover rate in the industry contribute to an almost 20 percent increase in CNA jobs between the years 2010 and 2020. Nurse assistant training programs equip students for the demanding role. New Mexico’s Department of Health requires nurse aide students to complete a minimum 75 hours of didactic and clinical training before taking the state’s nurse aide competency exam administered by Prometric.
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Certified nurse assistants work in hospitals or assisted living facilities. Their duties vary based on the work environment. For instance, hospital CNAs assist patients with personal care and activities of daily living while nurse aides at assisted living facilities provide care for geriatric patients who need round-the-clock care. Some of their primary duties include taking vital signs, stocking supplies, feeding patients, assisting with exercise activities and emptying catheter bags.
Central New Mexico Community College
The School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety at Central New Mexico Community College facilitates a 7-credit Nurse Assistant Certificate program. Students must complete the Clinical Preparation class prior to the clinical part of the program. The Clinical Prep course covers First Aid, CPR, Blood Borne Pathogen and HIPAA. During the 6-credit nurse assistant class, students cover topics such as communication and clinical math skills, anatomy, physiology, vital signs, personal care, restorative care skills, and body mechanics. A clinical component of the program gives students an opportunity to practice basic patient care in a long-term care setting. The total contact hours for the program is 155 hours; theory (60 hours), lab (45 hours), and clinical (45 hours). Applicants must pass a criminal background check and meet the physical requirements to gain entry into the program. Graduates are eligible to take the state exam.
- Website: http://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/all-programs-a-z/nursing-assistant
- Address: 525 Buena Vista Se, Albuquerque, NM 87106
- Phone: (505) 224-3000
Albuquerque Public Schools (Career Enrichment Center)
The Career Enrichment Center of Albuquerque Public Schools facilitates a one-semester nurse assistant training program. The course is specifically targeted to high school students who would like to explore career enrichment options while attending high school. Classes meet Monday to Friday from 9:45 to 11:45 AM. Apart from classroom sessions, students must participate in off-site patient care at an assisted living facility. Course content includes basic nursing skills, basic anatomy and physiology, CPR, disease process, infection control, vital signs, and caring for persons with specialized needs. Facilitators also prepare students for the state nurse assistant certification exam. The training is free, but students must pay $40 for the lab fee and purchase scrubs for the labs and clinical rotation.
- Website: http://cec.aps.edu/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1389426240973
- Address: 807 Mountain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
- Phone: (505) 247-3658
- Fax: (505) 848-9421
The nurse assistant training classes at Brookline College exceeds the requirements outlined by the Board of Nursing. The program consists of 146 classroom, lab, and clinical training covered over a period of 7 weeks. Applicants for enrollment should have a high school diploma and pass TB and drug tests. Applicants also need to provide documentation of MMR, Hep B, and Varicella immunization and pass a criminal background check. Both the classroom and clinical components of the training prepare students for success on the state’s nurse aide competency exam. Tuition is $995 plus expenses for textbooks, uniform, background check, CPR, and insurance.
- Website: http://brooklinecollege.edu/college-programs/continuing-education-training/nursing-assistant/
- Address: 4201 Central Avenue N.W., Suite J, Albuquerque, NM 87105-1649
- Phone: (505) 880-2877
- Fax: (505) 833-2087
- Toll Free: 1-888-660-2428
Pima Medical Institute
Students complete nurse assistant training at Pima Medical Institute in just 6 weeks. The class is 4.5 credits or 130 hours of classroom and clinical training. During 52.5 hours in the classroom, students learn the role and responsibilities of nurse assistants, law and ethics, basic nursing skills, feeding and nutrition, transferring patients, safety and emergency procedures, law and ethics. During 37.5 hours of skills lab, course facilitators take students through a list of competency skills in the lab. A 40-hour clinical externship in a skilled nursing facility provides further opportunities for exercising key skills as nurse aide students work with licensed nurses and trained CNAs to care for patients at the facility. Tuition is $1,520 including the textbook and uniform costs.
- Website: https://pmi.edu/Programs/Certificate/Nursing-Assistant-Nurse-Aide
- Address: 4400 Cutler Ave N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87110
- Phone: 800-477-PIMA
The following is a list of Board-approved nursing homes that may provide free or low-cost nurse assistant training in Albuquerque, NM:
Manzano Del Sol
5201 Roma Ne, Albuquerque, NM 87108
500 Louisiana Blvd Ne, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Universal Care Home Health Agency, Inc.
8015 Mountain Road Ne Suite 116b, Albuquerque, NM 87110