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Nursing assistants are increasingly in high demand throughout New Mexico. Given this positive job outlook, prospective nursing students should learn the specifics of this role and the variety of programs available to them in the state.

Overview of the nursing assistant role
Nursing assistants play a major role in providing healthcare. Common responsibilities for nursing assistants include aiding the elderly, the chronically ill, or patients in rehabilitation. As a result, they are often found working in nursing homes and hospitals. Interpersonal communication skills and manual dexterity are required, both of which can be developed through brief training. Typical programs for nursing assistants last only eight to ten weeks, covering the basics of healthcare without extensive medical education.

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Nursing assistant programs in New Mexico
Prospective nursing assistants in New Mexico can select their program from a wide variety of training options. The most notable programs are offered at Navajo Technical University, Doña Ana Community College, New Mexico Junior College, and New Mexico State University. All programs cover basic nursing processes, fundamental nursing skills, leadership, and even nurse assisting internships for interested students.

Career prospects
Nursing assistants are very prominent in the healthcare industry. In New Mexico alone, there are over 5,600 nursing assistants employed, accounting for almost 25% of the state’s total nursing workforce. The average yearly salary of a nursing assistant in the state is approximately $25,000, a very positive return on investment given the brevity of the required training program. Genesis Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare employers nationwide with over 400 nursing centers, frequently hires for the nursing assistant role at its New Mexico location.

You can start your nursing assistant training in New Mexico today by choosing from the list of accredited local programs we’ve compiled below.

Featured Schools

Albuquerque

Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Drive SE | Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Central New Mexico Community College 525 Buena Vista Drive SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other New Mexico cities

Dona Ana Community College
3400 South Espina Street | Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell
52 University Boulevard | Roswell, New Mexico 88202
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso
709 Mechem Drive | Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Navajo Technical University
Lower Point Road, State Highway 371 | Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico Junior College
5317 Lovington Highway | Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico State University - Grants
1500 North Third Street | Grants, New Mexico 87020
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Onate | Espanola, New Mexico 87532
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Dona Ana Community College 3400 South Espina Street
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell 52 University Boulevard
Roswell, New Mexico 88202
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso 709 Mechem Drive
Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Navajo Technical University Lower Point Road, State Highway 371
Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico Junior College 5317 Lovington Highway
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico State University - Grants 1500 North Third Street
Grants, New Mexico 87020
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern New Mexico College 921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, New Mexico 87532
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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