Healthcare Training for English Language Learners

Is English your second language? Are you interested in becoming a healthcare professional in the United States?


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 ESL programs have helped ESL students re-enter and train for health care careers by offering skills training with English instruction. I-BEST has supported ESL 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 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 a ESL/ESOL 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 ESL Faculty for an oral interview
  4. If approved, enroll in classes

Upcoming Information Sessions

Fall 2018

For more information contact

Amanda Lopez, SUN PATH Program Coordinator

(505) 224-4111

Send us a message

Information sessions will be held at CNM Main Campus, JS Building (2000 Coal Ave SE) Room 209 from 1:00pm-2:00pm on the following Fridays listed below:

  • June 29th
  • July 6th
  • July 13th
  • July 20th
  • July 27th
  • August 3rd

Students interested in this program must attend a orientation session. Registration for orientation is not required.


Note: Ability to work legally in the United States depends on immigration and visa status. Visit for more information.

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This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

The New Mexico SUN PATH TAACCCT project provides equal opportunities (EO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.