New Hampshire | Certified Nursing Assistant Classes

It’s no secret that New Hampshire might be one of the most beautiful states on the East Coast. With amazing fall colors and a ton of history, it’s definitely an amazing place! If you’re fortunate enough to call New Hampshire home and are also pondering the possibility of being a CNA, you may have a lot of different questions occurring in your mind. Questions about what a CNA does (common tasks or duties, etc), what might be taught in schooling, and other things relevant to the field. If so, this is totally normal; like any other profession, that’s a lot to know/take in.

This page was specifically created to help shed some light on questions like that, and to provide some general information about the profession for people who might be interested in reading about it. There area number of topics on this page that cover lots of different information related to becoming a CNA. In addition to the regular topics, there’s another section at the end of this page listing a number of places where schooling may be found in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire CNA Classes: A Brief Overview

A typical CNA class is generally designed to satisfy two main objectives 1) to teach a variety of skills and techniques (and also a range of medical knowledge) so that the person taking the class learns how to function as a CNA, and 2) to help prepare a person taking the class for the New Hampshire CNA exam (the test that is typically required before becoming a CNA). In a standard CNA class, students may be taught basic medical skills and theory. Students taking a class might learn things like how to use a bed pan to help a bed ridden patient, how to safely move a patient who can’t move on their own, how to perform simple medical measurements (blood pressure, etc), and other relevant skills. Students may learn medical theory on various topics, such as basic anatomy, how to read and calculate medical units, basic first aid theory, and other similar topics. The topics covered might vary somewhat from one school to another though, and also among different classes.

Having previous/prior medical education and having experience working in a related medical field, can be helpful too. If you have these things, you might be able to substitute your experience and education for for some or all of the class. However, this may depend significantly depending upon the type of education you’ve had and where you’ve worked you’ll need to contact the New Hampshire Board of Nursing to learn more about this and how this may apply to you.


New Hampshire CNA Tasks or Duties

A CNA in New Hampshire may be working directly with patients and helping them with their day-to-day living tasks. Some of the job duties or taks that a CNA may do might include:

  • Taking various medical measurements such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, temperature or height
  • Transporting patients from their bed to another place such as a wheelchair
  • Providing emotional support for patients who are coping with their illness
  • Helping patients with preparing meals and cooking food
  • Assisting patients with hygiene related issues
  • Coordinating patient care with other nurses and doctor

This list does represent all of the possible tasks of a CNA, and they may do a range of various things that may be dependent upon the place where they work and also the type of care that their patients need.

CNA, LNA & MNA Certification Information Specific to New Hampshire

New Hampshire, similar to a number of other states, has specific requirements that prospective Certified Nursing Assistants must meet before they gain their CNA licensure. In New Hampshire, there are two types of CNA licenses: a LNA and MNA. A LNA is a licensed nursing assistant, and a MNA is a medication nursing assistant. A MNA is an LNA that has gone further in their schooling and is able to dispense medication to patients. In order to become a MNA, you must first become a LNA. To receive these certifications, you may first need to complete a state approved course, among other requirements.

A detailed listing of the different requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (LNA or MNA) as well as a detailed FAQ section can be found on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing official website.

New Hampshire Schools & Organizations

There are a number of local organizations (like the Red Cross) and schools (such as community colleges) where you may find courses/programs. Below are various New Hampshire colleges and organizations that may offer Certified Nursing Assistant schooling.

Red Cross New Hampshire Regional Office
2 Maitland Street, Concord, NH 03301

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth NH 03801

Lakes Region Community College
379 Belmont Road, Laconia, NH 03246

Manchester Community College
1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH 03102

NHTI Community College (Concord)
31 College Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Nashua Community College
505 Amherst Street Nashua, NH 03063

River Valley Community College
1 College Place Claremont, NH 03743

White Mountains Community College
2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, N.H. 03570