CNM Offering Three Certificate Programs in Health Care for ESL and ESOL Students

November 21, 2016 -- In the 2017 Spring Term, CNM will offer three certificate programs for English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students who want to prepare for a career in a healthcare field.
November 21, 2016

The three programs are:

  • Home Health Aide Certificate with ESL support (started in 2016 Fall Term);
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate with ESL support(in its third year);
  • Certificate of Communication and Culture in Health Care for Speakers of Other Languages(new for the 2017 Spring Term).

Students in the ESL Nursing Assistant Certificate program take Nursing Assistant curriculum while simultaneously improving their English language skills through an ESL class. The ESL instructor comes to the Nursing Assistant class to provide added support. In the Nursing Assistant class, the ESL students work in teams with non-ESL students.

Nursing assistants work with nursing staff to provide direct patient care in hospitals, long-term care centers, private homes and rehabilitation centers. Students who have completed the ESL Nursing Assistant program are eligible to take the New Mexico state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

The ESL Home Health Aide program functions much like the ESL Nursing Assistant Certificate program. Home health aides work primarily for agencies in private homes.  

The Certificate of Communication and Culture in Healthcare is for students with higher-level English skills. The program can serve as a prerequisite for other classes and programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety, including Community Health Worker. 

All students interested in these programs must attend an orientation before registering. Orientations for 2017 Spring Term classes will be held Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Jan. 6. Classes start Jan. 17.

All orientations will be held at CNM’s Main Campus, Jeanette Stromberg Hall, Room 201 at 1 p.m. Registration for orientation is not required. Attendees are asked not to bring children to the orientation.

For more information, contact Amanda Lopez at 224-4000 Ext. 52593 or