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 are currently covered through grant funds.  You are encouraged to apply today to take advantage of this limited opportunity.

While licensing costs are not covered through the grant, your employer may cover these costs. 

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.

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.

Interested but not quite ready to start training?

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