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If you want to start a healthcare career without significant time or financial commitment, consider the certified nursing assistant (CNA) role. New Hampshire’s nursing assistants earn a median annual salary of $28,000, which is very competitive pay for an entry-level position. Roughly 8,400 CNAs are currently employed by major healthcare providers across the state, including Concord Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A nursing assistant serves as her patients’ first call during many (non-critical) times of need. CNAs assist with showers, provide incontinence care, help patients to dress, and enable transportation from room to room. Nursing assistants can also offer basic medical care, like checking vitals and providing medication reminders. CNAs work in a broad variety of care settings, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, clinics, and hospitals. Some even provide care to patients in their own homes through visiting nursing services.

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One advantage of the nursing assistant role is the brief education required. CNAs need only complete a short certificate program that requires a few months of focused study. This program is usually available at a local community college, and it costs a small fraction of the training for more advanced nursing roles. CNA candidates must then pass the state-administered certification exams to gain licensure and begin practicing.

To help New Hampshire’s aspiring CNAs, we’ve profiled below several local options for completing the nursing assistant certificate program.

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Manchester / Nashua area

Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health
670 North Commercial Street | Manchester, New Hampshire 03101
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health 670 North Commercial Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03101
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other New Hampshire cities

River Valley Community College
One College Place | Claremont, New Hampshire 03743
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
River Valley Community College One College Place
Claremont, New Hampshire 03743
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate