Healthcare Training for Adult Basic Education Students ESL/HSE

Is English your second language? Do you lack a High School Diploma?Are you interested in becoming a healthcare professional in the United States?

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Rebecca Martinez, Adult Basic Education Achievement Coach(505) 224-4270
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Orientations for Summer Term 2020- Suspended until further notice

All students interested in this program MUST attend an orientation before registering

Information will be updated as provided. Please reach out to Rebecca Martinez for more information.

We want to help you succeed in the workforce and in your academic pursuits by helping you improve your English language abilities and enter or re-enter a health profession!

Our successful Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) for ABE - ESL/HSE programs have helped ABE students re-enter and train for health care careers by offering skills training with English instruction. I-BEST has supported ABE students as they learn the technical skills needed to become a Certified Nursing Assistant while developing English language skills that support them to move up in health care pathways.

Healthcare Certificates

Employment Opportunities

Program Name

2014-2024 Employment Projections

Hourly Wages (New Mexico)

Places of employment

Nursing Assistant

Average annual job openings: 120

Average annual employment growth: 12%

Entry: $9.75

Average: $11.15

Experienced: $12.77

Nursing and residential care, hospitals, self-employed

Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Workforce Online System

ESL/ABE Support: Practice English in Health Care

  • Speak English with patients and the healthcare team
  • Use English listening skills to understand directions and information
  • Learn medical vocabulary and abbreviations
  • Report resident/patient progress in English
  • Review English grammar for professional communication at work
  • Create a resume and practice preparing for job interviews


  1. Attend an ABE for Healthcare Orientation
  2. Take the CASAS exam (available at SSC Room 110)
    • Nursing Assistant (requires CASAS score 224-235)
  3. Meet with the NA and ABE Faculty for an oral interview
  4. If approved, enroll in classes