Frequently Asked Questions

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An LNA – 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 patients company.

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.

The Federal Government provides LNA training reimbursement, making this program FREE to all who request a reimbursement from the state.

The program includes two training tracks:

  • a traditional, in-person track ($1,850)
  • a blended track ($1,950), which includes virtual learning and in-person clinicals


Tuition includes:

  • textbooks
  • state exam
  • criminal background check
  • guidance and support from the enrollment team


Courses in both tracks can be completed in as little as three weeks, but the program length typically ranges from six to eight weeks.

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. You are encouraged to work with the nursing home or long-term care facility that is hiring you to help explore support options.

The program is FREE to all who request a reimbursement from the state.

If you have questions about financial assistance for training/licensing, please contact Roxie Severance at 603.226.4900 or email us at info@nhneedscaregivers.org.

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 funds are strictly for nursing homes in the program. To find a list of all the participating nursing homes that will pay the $500 bonus, visit our “Request Info” page.

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.

Because of the shortage of LNAs in New Hampshire, the state has developed a reimbursement program. After you graduate from the LNA training program, receive a license number from the NH Board of Nursing and begin working, you will qualify for reimbursement. You will need to submit an application for reimbursement from the state, which will take approximately 4-6 weeks.

Many students use becoming an LNA as a stepping stone in 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
  • or even a physician.

We follow all guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NH Department of Public Health. All our students are screened before entering the building with an 8-10 question assessment to make sure that they are being responsible by not traveling to areas of concern or been around others who are of concern. Students must also sign an acknowledgement form about the commitment they’re making to themselves, their instructors and fellow students to stay healthy. If someone is exposed, we have contingency plans in place and will follow CDC guidelines for when we can start classes again.

When we start the clinical portion, students are given free COVID testing multiple time depending on the facilities cycle requirements. We monitor temperatures once a day. Classes are small, which also adheres to social-distancing guidelines.

It’s crucial to your success to be present at every class. The LNA Health Careers trainers are required by the board of nursing to have students meet a set number of hours to get their license. If for some reason there is an emergency, they will help you find a way to make up that time, but it is on a case-by-case basis.  

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