Healthcare Training for Adult Basic Education Students ESL/HSE

Is English your second language? Do you lack a High School Diploma? Are you interested in becoming a healthcare professional in the United States?

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Andrea Juárez-Gutiérrez, M.A.
Adult Basic Education Achievement Coach
(505) 224-4270
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Ve los cursos y programas que CNM ofrece para hispanoparlante.

Orientations for Fall Term 2020 via Zoom 

  • July 8th at 1 p.m.
  • July 15 at 6 p.m.
  • July 22 at 1 p.m.
  • July 29 at 6 p.m.

All students interested in this program must attend an orientation before registering

Please reach out to Andrea Juárez-Gutiérrez, M.A. or (505) 224-4270

We want to help you succeed in the workforce and in your academic pursuits by helping you improve your English language abilities and enter or re-enter a health profession!

Our successful Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) for ABE - ESL/HSE programs have helped ABE students re-enter and train for health care careers by offering skills training with English instruction. I-BEST has supported ABE students as they learn the technical skills needed to become a Certified Nursing Assistant while developing English language skills that support them to move up in health care pathways.

Healthcare Certificates

Employment Opportunities

Program Name

2014-2024 Employment Projections

Hourly Wages (New Mexico)

Places of employment

Nursing Assistant

Average annual job openings: 120

Average annual employment growth: 12%

Entry: $9.75

Average: $11.15

Experienced: $12.77

Nursing and residential care, hospitals, self-employed

Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Workforce Online System

ESL/ABE Support: Practice English in Health Care

  • Speak English with patients and the healthcare team
  • Use English listening skills to understand directions and information
  • Learn medical vocabulary and abbreviations
  • Report resident/patient progress in English
  • Review English grammar for professional communication at work
  • Create a resume and practice preparing for job interviews


  1. Attend an ABE for Healthcare Orientation
  2. Take the CASAS exam (available at SSC Room 110)
    • Nursing Assistant (requires CASAS score 224-235)
  3. Meet with the NA and ABE Faculty for an oral interview
  4. If approved, enroll in classes