FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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An LNA – or also called a “Certified Nursing Assistant” or “caregiver” – plays a critical role in patient care. It also serves as a starting point for a healthcare career that focuses on compassion and making a difference in the community. As an LNA, you’ll get a flexible work schedule in a close-knit community filled with purpose and job security.

An LNA provides basic nursing care which includes assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and mobility. Among other tasks, they also take vital signs, observe and report information and keep patient’s company.

Many students use becoming an LNA as a first step in entering the nursing field – from an LNA to a Medication Nursing Assistant (MNA) to a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and onto a Registered Nurse (RN).

However, starting off as an LNA can open doors to specialty fields outside of nursing too, such as:

  • Social worker,
  • Occupational therapist
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Physician Assistant or Physician
  • And many others!

For a full list of career options, take a look at the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center’s Health Career Catalogue or download this NH Nursing Careers Pathways flyer. 

The NH Needs Caregivers! Initiative is for anyone interested in gaining healthcare workforce experience – no college education is required.

If you are under the age of 18: Please download and complete the Under 18 form before starting the pre-application process.

If you are still in high school and 16 years old and over, please visit our high school program Healthcare Heroes in the Making.

LNA training costs range from $1900- $2200.  There are many options for tuition assistance (see “can I get program training costs covered”)

The short answer is YES!

If you are a displaced worker or Medicaid-eligible, your training costs will be fully covered up front. Other financial aid options include scholarships through the NH Charitable Foundation (Medallion Fund), the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) / NH Works, NH JAG, MY TURN and more. The NH Needs Caregivers Program staff are happy to assist you in applying for these programs.

For participants interested in working in a licensed nursing facility, the program is FREE to all who request a reimbursement from the state.

If you have questions about financial assistance for training/licensing, please email us at [email protected].

If you become employed in a licensed nursing facility and submit the APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING AND COMPETENCY TESTING to the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, you can expect to receive reimbursement in approximately 4-8 weeks.  

YES, licensing costs are fully covered under the NH Needs Caregivers! Initiative. Training programs also include licensing test preparation and help with scheduling these tests shortly after the training has been completed.

Yes, the $500 bonus after six months of full- or part-time employment is only available in healthcare facilities or organizations participating in the NH Needs Caregivers Program. To find a list of the participating healthcare facilities or organizations that will pay the $500 bonus, visit our “Request Info” page.

We want every student to be successful in completing the LNA course. For that reason, is it important to be present for every class.  Training partners are required by the Board of Nursing to have students meet a specific number of hours to be eligible for licensure. If you have an emergency and cannot attend class, it’s important to contact your training partner as soon as possible. You may be able to make up the time on a case-by case basis.

Training partners and participating facilities follow the guidelines for screening and infection prevention outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NH Department of Public Health, and other regulatory entities. COVID-19 vaccination is required for all participants in the program.

NO, the program does not provide scrubs; however, there are budget-friendly options at Walmart and Target. The program requires white tops and blue bottoms.

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