Free CNA Training in New Hampshire

You will need to attend a CNA training program that has been approved by the State Board of Nursing if you are interested in becoming a certified nursing aide.  Upon completion of the course you select, you will need to pass the certification test.  The Red Cross, nursing homes and some colleges offer training for prospective CNAs in New Hampshire.  We’ve compiled a list of free opportunities below if you can not afford the cost of training:

If you are looking for free CNA training, contact any nursing homes in your area.  Sometimes these facilities have a large demand for skilled nursing assistants.  They are therefore willing to hire individuals to work for them and will pay the cost of training.  You will usually need to continue working for the employer who covers your training for six months or more.

Search for CNA training courses in your area and surrounding communities.  Contact the training agencies to determine if any offer scholarships.  Sometimes you can receive scholarships to attend training programs if you could improve your life through training and cannot access the fees associated with CNA certification.  It certainly does not help to ask if there are any methods of free CNA training at a particular program location.

Take some time to compare training programs for CNAs in New Hampshire.  You should be able to find low-cost and even sometimes free training opportunities.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

The DirectConnect Scholarship Program (CURRENTLY NOT ACTIVE)
The community college system of New Hampshire has a scholarship program that covers the tuition and textbook cost of community based direct care training programs. Nursing Assistant classes fall under the “direct care” category and are thus eligible under this scholarship. You can receive a maximum of $2500 which should easily cover the total cost of most CNA programs in NH. Anyone is eligible for the scholarship provided you qualify for a relevant CNA program. It is not need based or merit based.

The Medallion Fund
This is a fund created by businessmen in New Hampshire who understand how important it is to have a skilled workforce. It is open to people of any age who are pursuing a CNA training course. You must be enrolled in a course at a local community college or Vocational tech center. More details and eligibility requirements can be found at

State Reimbursement
As part of efforts by the Department of Health and Human services, you can receive a reimbursement for the tuition fees you paid to become a CNA. there are a few conditions involved. You must be employed within 12 months of completing the training. It only counts if you’re employed in a certified nursing facility. Home health work or hospital employment does not count. You usually receive your check 4 to 6 weeks after lodging your application. You can receive the form from the nursing home you are employed in.

NH Charitable Foundation
They administer a lot of different grants and loans especially for technical vocational training including nursing assistant training. They have an application process which needs to be filled along with a set of requirements. They are mostly aimed at those people who for one reason or another are not able to pay for training or are unemployed as a result. Their address is 37 Pleasant St,  Concord, NH 03301. You can get more details on their website:

Nursing/CNA Related Scholarships in New Hampshirecnanotes2

New Hampshire Health Professional Opportunity Project (HPOP)

This is a new initiative that helps low income job seekers get access to training that will make them an asset for occupations in healthcare that may currently be understaffed. Nursing assistant training is one of the programs you can get trained for. To enroll you need to first take part in an orientation. You can call the HPOP Program Assistant, at 603-271-4826 to register for an upcoming HPOP Orientation Session!

Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust

The Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust awards students pursing a career in nursing, medicine, or social work $1000 – $5000 annually, over a one to four year period. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a resident of New Hampshire
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • Submit certified transcripts
  • Submit two letters of recommendation

Make sure and submit all requested documents along with the completed scholarship application by the deadline date.

River Valley Community College – Claire Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Claire Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund helps students meet their educational expenses by awarding four scholarships in the amount of  $500. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be accepted or currently enrolled in a nursing program
  • Be a New Hampshire resident
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from an instructor if currently in school or from current employer
  • Submit an essay on specified topic

Complete and submit the scholarship application along with all requested documents by the deadline date.

Community College System of New Hampshire Foundation Scholarship – Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship

The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of a town with fewer than 15,000 people in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont or Maine. In order to qualify, the student must demonstrate financial need and submit completed application along with all requested documents by the beginning of July for the fall semester.

Nursing homes in New Hampshire that might give free CNA training

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.

Belknap County Nursing Home – 30 County Drive   Laconia, New Hampshire 03246

Birchwood Nursing Home – 20 Chester Road   Derry, New Hampshire 03038

Colonial Poplin Nursing Home – Route 107 Main Street   Fremont, New Hampshire 03044

Coos County Nursing Home – Cates Hill Rd Rfd 2 Po Box 416   Berlin, New Hampshire 03570

Coos County Nursing Hospital – “Po Box 10, River Road”   West Stewartstown, New Hampshire 03597

Greenbriar Terrace Health Care – 55 Harris Road   Nashua, New Hampshire 03060

Hanover Hill Health Care – 700 Hanover Street   Manchester, New Hampshire 03104

Hanover Terrace Healthcare – 53 Lyme Road   Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

Harborside Applewood – 8 Snow Road   Winchester, New Hampshire 03470

Harborside Crestwood – 40 Crosby Street   Milford, New Hampshire 03055

Langdon Place Of Keene Nursing – 136 A Arch Street   Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Laurel Center Genesis Eldercar – 480 Donald Street   Bedford, New Hampshire 03110

Lebanon Ctr Genesis Eldercare – Rr #1 Box 13k Old Etna Road   Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766

Mark Wentworth Home – 346 Pleasant Street   Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Merrimack County Nursing Home – 325 Daniel Webster Highway   Boscawen, New Hampshire 03303

Merriman House – 3073 White Mountain Highway   North Conway, New Hampshire 03860

Morrison Nursing Home – 2-6 Terrace Street   Whitefield, New Hampshire 03598

Mountain Ridge Center Genesis – 7 Baldwin Steet   Franklin, New Hampshire 03235

Presidential Oaks – 200 Pleasant Street   Concord, New Hampshire 03301

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