Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry
Arkansas Department of Human
Services Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405,
Little Rock, AR 72203
Automated Line: (501) 682-8484
Direct Line: (501) 682-1807
The Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry is managed by Prometric, which can be reached at (800) 818-8917 or online https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/nurseaide/pages/ar.aspx. Prometric provides a comprehensive candidate information bulletin where you can check for eligibility criteria, schedule and reschedule your tests, as well as learn about test site regulations, exam results, the appeal process, certification renewal, and more.
How to Become a CNA in Arkansas
The Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry oversees active and inactive certified nursing assistants throughout the state via their online portal. To be listed in The Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry, you need to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Arkansas by completing the following steps:
- Attend and complete a state-approved training program that entails a minimum of 90 hours.
- Pass the CNA competency exam offered through Prometric Registry, which consists of a written or oral knowledge exam in English only and a clinical skills exam.
Verification of CNA Certification in Arkansas
Employers can check the registry status for employees online via the Arkansas LTCF Employment Clearance Registry. You can also check your own status through the same portal. Prometric is approved to manage the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry.
Certification Renewal for Arkansas Nurse Assistants
Nursing assistant certificates expire in 24 months from the date they’ve been issued. For an applicant to be eligible for certificate renewal, they require at least 8 hours of monetarily compensated nursing services to have been completed within the 24-month time frame prior to the expiration date. A renewal fee no longer applies for the state of Arkansas.
Reinstatement of an Expired Nurse Aide Certificate
To have a recently expired certificate reinstated, you need to submit a reinstatement application. However, the process of reinstating your nursing assistant license is different if you require re-activation for reasons other than a recently expired license, including:
- Your license that has been expired for more than 24 months
- Your license is void due to lack of continuous work as a CNA
- Your license was suspended because of abuse or negligence complaints
- You have previously submitted fraudulent application
Out-of-state CNA Certification Transfer
Certified Nursing Assistants that want to transfer their active certification from another state to Arkansas must fill out an interstate reciprocity form available through the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-Term Care / AR Nurse Aide Registry. The Candidate Information Bulletin available on the Prometric website helps you fill out the form for interstate CNA license transfer accurately.