Qualifications and Regulations
New Hampshire has more demanding regulations on the qualification process for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant than other states. This is because unlike other states, the title of a CNA in New Hampshire is translated to a similar one: Licensed Nursing Assistant. The distinction may seem arbitrary, but the certificate is considered a license, unlike most other states. To qualify, all first-time nursingaide candidates must complete a state-approved training program. The state requires that its programs provide at least 144 hours. For the most part, these courses take at least eight weeks to complete. Within the total amount, at least 48 hours must be spent on classroom instruction, 24 hours must be spent in a clinical lab setting, and another 72 hours must be spent providing direct care to patients under the close supervision of a licensed nurse. The CNA candidate has to complete their education within five years of its beginning or else it will not qualify. After completing, there is a two-year period during which the individual is permitted to take the competency evaluation before classes must be repeated. To pass the competency test, the candidate must score at least a 70% on both the written portion and clinical skills test.
The average salary a CNA makes working in New Hampshire is around $26,500. This is above the national average, but falls short of the average for New Hampshire’s East-Coast neighbors. With salaries ranging between $24,000 and $29,000, New Hampshire’s CNAs make less than their neighbors in Massachusetts and New York. Though they make less on average, the entry-level salary for CNAs in New Hampshire is considerably higher than most other states. This is most likely due to the intensive amount of training required. The cost of CNA training in New Hampshire is a bit more expensive, due to the amount of time required to complete it. Fortunately, the state is required to reimburse the cost of training for its CNAs once employed. The initial fees must be paid out of pocket, but if an offer for employment is received within twelve months of completing training and passing the competency exam, the state will provide federal funding to reimburse the cost of training. The state requires that all receipts are in order and the CNA remains in good standing with the state and their employer to receive their reimbursement.