Acquiring CNA certification in Pennsylvania and getting your name added to the PA State Nurse Aide Registry is not an easy task. You need to follow a stepwise procedure for this purpose which includes completing a program program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and passing the nurse aide competency exam, i.e., the NNAAP examination.
The basic requirement is that the aspirant’s age should be at least 16 years or more. Additionally, the candidates are supposed to provide a criminal background check and must not have any substantiated findings or convictions on record against them in any other licensing board or state registry.
For applying by examination, candidates may choose any of the eligibility routes:
If you currently hold an active CNA license in another state and your name is listed in that nurse aide (or equivalent) registry in good standing, and wish to enroll on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry, you must apply for certification in the state through reciprocity. You must contact the Pearson VUE via mail or telephone to find out the reciprocity requirements.
Follow the below procedure if you are applying by examination in the state of Pennsylvania:
Note – If you are currently working in a nursing facility, your exam fees will be paid by the nursing facility.
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The step by step procedure for obtaining certification by endorsement is as follows:
Step 1 – Download the “Nurse Aide Registry Application for Enrollment by Reciprocity” through the following link:
Step 2 – Fill all the information mentioned in Part – I of the application and forward the application to the state registry where your name is presently enrolled.
Step 3 – Once the state (where you currently hold the licensure) completes Part – II of the application, return the form to:
Pearson VUE – Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry
PO Box 13785
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101-3785
The renewal period of CNA license in PA is 2 years. A notification will be mailed by the Pearson VUE approximately 90 days before the expiry of your license to your home address as mentioned on the State Registry.
In order to renew the nurse aide license, the candidate must have worked as a paid certified nursing assistant for a minimum of 8 consecutive hours (i.e. one documented day) within the past 24 months in a facility approved by the state, which includes personal care home, nursing home, hospital, intermediate care facility, or home health settings.
Method to Renew an Existing License
Use the following link to renew your existing CNA license:
For completing an individual search, you will need to enter:
For completing a business search, enter:
Renewal Status Inquiry
Use the following link to inquire about the renewal status:
For individual search, you will be required to provide the following details:
For business search, submit:
Click the below link to search the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry:
If you are searching by “Individual” search type, you will be required to enter:
For “Business” search type, enter:
Registry Search by Registration Number
Alternatively, you can also search for license using the individual’s registration number. Use the below link:
You may enter up to 12 registration numbers at a time.
If you are requesting a name change, you need to provide written documents such as copy of a divorce decree, a marriage certificate, or another official document together with the Change of Address or Name Form.
You may use any of the following methods to complete your change request:
To request name or address change, click on the following link:
You will be required to enter the following details:
For name change, you must enter your new name, and for change in address you will need to enter:
After you submit this form, an e-mail will be sent directly to the customer service and your details will be updated.
Note – If you are requesting only address change, you can also use the below link:
You can also submit a paper application by downloading it from:
The application form is present at the end of this handbook.
You may also send a letter along with all the required documents to inform the Pearson VUE. You must include the following details in your written application:
If you have lost your Notice of Enrollment / Registry Card, you may request for a new duplicate card to the Pearson VUE. Use the following link to download the Duplicate Registry Card Request Form:
The form is present at the back of this handbook.
If your name was previously listed on the State Registry, but you were not employed within the 24 consecutive months or more, in any facility that provides services related to nursing, your licensure status will be changed to “inactive”. Since you were previously an active member of the Registry, you will be given a chance to pass the NNAAP examination. To request a Recertification Test Registration Form, you must contact the Pearson VUE at (800) 852-0518. If you pass in the given opportunity, your status will be changed to “renewed”. Or else, you will be required to complete the CNA Program before re-testing.
Question 1 – For how many months or days can I work as a certified nursing assistant in a facility before getting registered on the nurse aide registry?
Answer – You may work as a CNA for 120 days or 4 months while participating in a competency evaluation program and/or nurse aide program.
Question 2 – I was annotated on the PA Nurse Aide Registry. How can I reinstate my license now?
Answer – You may request for reinstatement after 1 complete year from the annotation date only if you were annotated for “neglect”.
Question 3 – How many program hours do I need to complete, in order to be eligible to take the competency exam?
Answer – Pennsylvania requires candidates to complete 80 hours of program, out of which 37.5 hours must be dedicated to the clinical practice.