CNA certification in New Mexico can be earned in a very short duration, i.e., within a few weeks. This is the reason the nursing aide career is becoming popular day by day. The initial step for obtaining the nurse aide licensure is to complete the program program or coursework conducted by the state. Another important requisite is to pass the state-approved licensure examination. This article gives you complete information about the requirements to be fulfilled and procedure to obtain nursing assistant certification, and how to renew it.
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You must meet the following requirements in order to get certified.
1. New Nurse Aide
2. Out-of-State Nurse Aide (Expired)
If you presently hold a nurse aide license in any other state’s nurse aide registry, but your license has expired within the last 2 years, you are required to fulfill the following requisites:
Note – If you are out-of-state CNA who hold current certification in any other U.S. state, you may apply to the New Mexico DOH, Division of Health Improvement, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau (HFLC) for reciprocity. If your application is approved, you may be granted a New Mexico nurse aide certificate without taking any further testing or program.
3. Graduate RN / LPN
If you have completed an RN/LPN program approved by the New Mexico state, you are required to fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned above (Refer point numbers II to IV of Out-of-State Nurse Aide (Expired)).
4. Out-of-State or Foreign-Trained Nurse / Nurse Aide (RN / LPN / NA)
If you are an LPN, RN, or NA trained in any other state or country, then refer point numbers I to IV of Out-of-State Nurse Aide (Expired).
5. RN / LPN Student
If you have completed the clinical and theory coursework in a nursing program approved by the New Mexico state within the last 2 years, you need to fulfill the criteria mentioned above (Refer point numbers II to IV of Out-of-State Nurse Aide (Expired)).
6. Expired New Mexico Certificate (More Than 24 Months Ago)
If you were listed on the New Mexico CNA Registry in the past but your license has expired more than 2 years ago, then you must fulfill the requirements mentioned above in the Out-of-State Nurse Aide (Expired) section (Refer point numbers II to IV).
7. Expired New Mexico Certificate (Less Than 24 Months Ago)
If your name is listed on the New Mexico nurse aide registry but your license has expired within the last 2 years, you are not required to take any program if your license’s expiry date is within 6 months of applying. You need to enter your certification number in the application form.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to obtain CNA license in the state:
Step 1 – Use the following link to download the application form:
Step 2 – Choose your appropriate route in the form:
Step 3 – Pay the required fee via company check, cashier’s check, money order, MasterCard, Visa or American Express, made payable to Prometric.
Step 4 – Return completed form to:
Attn: New Mexico Nurse Aide Program
7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, Maryland 21236
In order to renew your CNA license, you are required to work as a certified nursing assistant for pay for a minimum of 8 hours within the 2 years of certification period under the supervision of a licensed or registered nurse.
Use the below-given link to download the recertification / renewal form:
Along with this form, you need to attach a copy of your most recent pay stub or W-2 form illustrating employment by your former nurse aide employer. Plus, you are required to submit a renewal fee of $23.10 to the Prometric at:
ATTN: NM NA Program
7941 Corporate Drive
White Marsh, Maryland 21236
Click on the following link to search for a certified nursing assistant in the New Mexico State Registry:
As per your convenience, you may search by:
You may request for a name or address change by downloading the “Change Request Form” using the following link:
For name change, you need to submit a copy of legal documentation such as driver’s license, marriage certificate, legal name change document, divorce decree, or SSN card.
For address change, you will be required to enter the following details in the form:
In case of lost, stolen, or misplaced license, you may apply for a duplicate license. A fee of $15 is charged. A duplicate license will be issued only in the states where the State Registry is administered by the Prometric.
You can download the form using the link mentioned above (See “Change Request” section of this article).
Question 1 – I have obtained my program and nurse aide-related skills through military service within the last 2 years. What requirements do I need to accomplish in order to obtain certification in NM?
Answer – Candidates applying for certification in the state of New Mexico are required to call the DOH at 505-476-9025 to get all the information required for the approval process. Upon approval from the DOH, an approval letter will be sent to you. Then, you must send this approval letter along with the following application:
Question 2 – I have a NM license that expired more than 2 years ago and I am not employed in any nursing-related field from the last 2 years. What eligibility criteria do I need to fulfill in order to obtain certification in New Mexico?
Answer – You are required to complete a nurse aide program program approved by the state and then successfully pass the state competency examination. Other than this, you need to provide an application which you can download from the following link:
Ask your program program director to complete Part D of the form as your program proof.
Question 3 – Currently, I am employed as a nurse aide in New Mexico. I misplaced my license recently. How to order a new license and what is the procedure to pay the fee?
Answer – You can download the form from the following link:
You need to pay $15 fee via money order, certified check, or credit card.