Training to become a CNA is a good option if you are looking for a fast and inexpensive way to enter into the healthcare field or if you are looking for a more advanced career in healthcare. You will need to locate a state certified nursing assistant training school and pass the certification exam in order to become certified. Read below for free training opportunities:
It is not uncommon for nursing care facilities and even some hospitals to offer CNA training on-site. These facilities will often hire individuals who they think will provide excellent care as nursing assistants. The agency will then pay for the individual to complete their CNA training. Prospective CNAs can receive free cna training as long as they use that training to work as a CNA for the healthcare facility providing training for awhile.
Colleges and other forms of higher education often offer nursing assistant training as well. Some of these programs are for credit hours and others are not. You should contact the financial aid office to determine if the CNA classes make you eligible to apply for any grants or scholarships. You might find that there are organizations and departments in your community that provide scholarships and grants. You should take the time to apply for some free CNA training options that you feel you might qualify for in order to increase the possibility of receiving training.
Talk to your caseworker if you are currently receiving welfare benefits for yourself or your family. You might be able to access funds to help you cover the cost of CNA training if you are looking to start a new career in order to become self sufficient. Do not be shy about expressing your interest in training for a job as a CNA.
Low Cost Training
Eastern New Mexico University
ENMUR offers one of the most affordable CNA classes in New Mexico. Located in Roswell, their tuition fees are just $252 with an additional $85 being enrollment, general and program fees. Even added together its still very affordable when other centers are charging sub $1000 just for tuition. To get started you can contact/visit them at:
Phone: 1-800-243-6687 or (575) 624-7000
Roswell, NM 88202-6000
Nursing Related Scholarships in New Mexico
Northern New Mexico College Bridge Scholarship
The Bridge Scholarship at Northern New Mexico College is offered to students who have declared a major and have been accepted into a degree or certificate program. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Have graduated from a New Mexico public high school, an accredited private high school or received a New Mexico GED
- Have at least a 2.0 GPA
- Be enrolled in 15 credits for the Fall semester
- Complete a FAFSA form
Make sure and submit completed application along with all requested documents by the deadline date.
MANA del Norte Scholarship
The MANA del Norte Scholarship is offered to Hispanic women from northern New Mexico. The amount awarded is $1000 and is based on strength of personal statement, letters of recommendation and financial need. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be enrolled or plan on enrolling in at least 6 credit hours
- Be a resident of one of the following northern New Mexico counties: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel, or Taos
Remember to submit all completed documents in the specified order by the deadline date.
Cancer Survivors’ Fund Scholarship
The Cancer Survivors’ Fund Scholarship is awarded to applicants who are cancer survivors or have recently been diagnosed with cancer. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Complete online application
- Be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate school
- Be in good academic standing
- Submit two letters of recommendation
- Submit a letter from your physician regarding medical history
- Submit an essay on specified topic
- Agree to do volunteer work with young cancer patients
Complete the scholarship application and submit all requested documents by the deadline date.
Places That May be Able To Help
Santa Fe-Community College-New Mexico Student Incentive Grant
6401 S Richards Ave , Santa Fe, NM 87508
This grant can help students with a significant financial need to be able to afford to pay for college to train for a new career. It is only available to individuals who are residents of the state. The individual will need to be able to demonstrate their need for financial help. This grant is available at Sante Fe and other public colleges within the state. The financial aid offices can help prospective applicants to apply.
Northern New Mexico College
921 N Paseo De Onate, Espanola, NM 87532
If you can receive tuition vouchers and financial assistance through workforce programs, you should look into the programs approved for WIA benefits through Northern New Mexico College. This college offers both Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree Programs. The Bachelor Degree programs first came available about 8 years ago. The school dates back more than 100 years.
Nursing homes in New Mexico that might give CNA training for free
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.
Carlsbad Medical Center – 2430 West Pierce Street Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Ctr – 205 Moonglow Ave. Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310
Casa De Oro – 1005 Lujan Hill Road Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
Casa Del Sol – 2905 East Missouri Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
Casa Maria Health Care Center – 1601 South Main Roswell, New Mexico 88201
Casa Real – 1650 Galisteo Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Cedar Ridge Inn – 800 Saguaro Trail Farmington, New Mexico 87401
Clayton Nursing & Rehabilitation – 419 Harding Clayton, New Mexico 88415
Colfax General Ltc/Lab – 615 Prospect Avenue Springer, New Mexico 87747
Laurel Plains Healthcare – 1400 W. 21st St. Clovis, New Mexico 88101
Laurel Ridge Healthcare – 1201 Norris Street Clovis, New Mexico 88101
Laurel View Health Care Center – 5900 Forest Hills Drive Ne Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Lea County Good Samaritan – 1701 North Turner Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
Lea Regional Medical Center – 5419 N Lovington Highway Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
Los Amigo Care Center – 1148 Blue Hole Road Santa Rosa, New Mexico 88435
Lovelace Transitional Care Unit – 5400 Gibson Se Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
Retirement Ranches Inc. – 2221 Dillon Street Albuquerque, New Mexico 87101
Rio Rancho Nursing & Rehabilitation – 4210 Sabana Grande Se Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124
Ruidoso Care Center – 200 Resort Drive Ruidoso, New Mexico 88355
San Juan Manor – 806 West Maple Farmington, New Mexico 87401
Santa Fe Care Center – 635 Harkle Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Sierra Health Care Center – 1400 Silver Street T Or C, New Mexico 87901
Silver City Care Center – 3514 Fowler Ave Silver City, New Mexico 88061
Socorro Good Samaritan Village – 1203 Highway 60 West Socorro, New Mexico 87801
Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilita – 1011 Sombrillo Court Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544