Nursing Assistant


The Nursing Assistant program teaches skills for direct patient care. Earn a certificate and pursue work as an Orderly, Personal Care Aid, and more.

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Program Information

Nursing Assistant, Certificate of Achievement

Are you ready to start working with patients? If so, our Nursing Assistant program may be just what you are looking for! This program can be completed in just one semester. As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you will work directly with the nursing staff to provide direct patient care. CNAs work in hospitals, long-term care centers, private homes, and rehabilitation centers.

Plan Ahead

After you register for Nursing Assistant classes, make sure you review the Clinical Requirements for Nursing Assistant.

Read more about the NM State Nurse Aide Certification and Registry.

Complete Corequisites & Prerequisite

HLTH 1001 and HLTH 1003 are offered during certain periods of the year, including intersession. See the Schedule of Classes to find dates, times, and locations for class availability.

  • You can take HLTH 1001 or HLTH 1003 as a corequisite with NA 1020 or NA 1093.
  • You must complete HLTH 1001 or HLTH 1003 before taking NA 1190.

Technical Standards

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title II, Subpart A, people with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from state and local government programs, services, and activities. In order to provide a comprehensive list of program requirements for all students, regardless of ability, the Technical Standards for the NURSING ASSISTANT program requirements must be achieved by all students, with or without accommodation.

Uniform Pick-Up and Guidelines

In order to participate in the Nursing Assistant program, you need specific attire. Read more about uniform pick-up and guidelines.

Related Information

Learning Communities

The linking of Nursing Assistant theory, lab, and clinical courses into student cohorts provides a better continuity of instruction and helps students to avoid having to travel to multiple campuses.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid New Mexico CNA certificate, you can receive credit for courses in the Nursing Assistant program by filling out the following form:

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