Nursing Assistant Training Program

About the Profession

Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) provide direct care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings under the supervision of professional nurses. New Hampshire is one of the few states in the U.S. that requires its nursing assistants to obtain a license instead of a certification. Therefore, they are appropriately known as Licensed Nursing Assistants, or LNAs.

About Our Program

To ensure you are fully prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills that you will need when you graduate, you begin in the classroom to learn basic nursing theory, including scope of practice, basic nursing care procedures, body mechanics and safety techniques. These techniques and skills are practiced in concurrent lab sessions.

Given the importance of professionalism and effective communication in healthcare, we reinforce the concepts throughout our curriculum. We also explore how these concepts and skills can be applied to support the healthcare needs of individuals and communities, as well as the delivery of culturally competent care. Students who desire to become RNs can continue their education at our school or elsewhere.

Time, Credit Hour & Licensure Requirements

Total Time Commitment: 7 Weeks

Total Training Requirement: 126 Hours

  • Theory Class Time/Nursing Skills Lab: 54 hours
  • Clinical Practice: 72 hours
  • Program is offered three days per week

Licensure Requirements:

  • After successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the New Hampshire Nursing Assistant state examination. The exam includes 60 test questions and a practical demonstration.
  • Students who complete the exam with a passing grade are eligible to apply for a Nursing Assistant license from the State of New Hampshire.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to completing our online application and meeting our school’s general admissions requirements, applicants who are approved for the Nursing Assistant Program will have demonstrated that they submitted:

  • A transcript from a U.S. Department of Education approved school or facility showing that they received a high school diploma, GED or HiSET. The transcript must show courses of study related to math, science, reading, and writing skills as part of the secondary school education.)
  • An Admission Application
  • $25 Application Fee
  • Proof of Legal Residence in US (birth certificate, unexpired US passport, Certificate of Naturalization or unexpired Permanent Resident Card)
  • Health Insurance Card

Additional Information

  • Funding may be available for this program through state or federal programs or through St. Joseph Hospital for employees.