Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry

Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry
Direct Service Worker Registry
P.O. Box 3767, Baton Rouge,
LA 70821-3767
Phone (225) 342-0138 (Opt. 6)
Fax (225) 342-5073

Nurse aides must be listed in the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry to qualify for employment as Certified Nurse Aides in Louisiana. The registry is managed by the Louisiana Department of Health while Prometric administers the competency evaluations and processes reciprocity applications. 


How to Become a New CNA in Louisiana

For an individual to become a new Certified Nurse Aide in Louisiana, they must follow this route:

  1. Enroll in and complete a state-approved nurse aide training program
  2. Complete and submit an application-to-test form and Nurse Aide Training Verification Form to Prometric (along with required fees)
  3. Take and pass the skills and knowledge tests in the competency examination program administered by Prometric.  

Nurse aide training programs in Louisiana entail a minimum of 80 hours, including 40 hours of clinical training and 40 hours of classroom education.

Other routes to become a CNA in Louisiana

RN or LPN students, foreign-trained nurses, licensed nurses on probation or suspended status, as well as military trained individuals may apply to test and become a CNA in Louisiana after they have previously obtained an approval to test letter from the Louisiana Department of Health. The letter is to be submitted with the application to test.

Approval to test application form

Certification renewal for Louisiana nurse aides

Nurse aides’ certifications are renewed automatically at midnight on the expiration date if required work history has been submitted to the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry. The status of a nurse aide will change to “not certified” if the required work history is not reported to the registry. Therefore, if a nurse aide has performed the work and the status shows “not certified”, the nurse aide must contact the employer and ask to submit verification to the registry.

FAQ Questions

Reinstatement of a lapsed CNA Certificate

  1. If the certificate of a nurse aide is lapsed for less than 2 years, they may complete the application-to-test form and submit it with the adequate fees to Prometric. Nurse aides that take this route only have one attempt to pass the written and clinical evaluations before they are required to re-train.
  2. If the nurse aide has allowed her certificate to expire but has re-trained in the last 12 months, they must complete the application-to-test form along with the NA training verification form and submit then with the adequate fees to Prometric. They have 3 attempts at their disposal to pass the written and clinical evaluations before they must re-train.

Nurse aides who fail either portion of the assessment will be required to retrain. An aide whose certification expired too long in the past will also be required to retrain.

Check eligibility to re-test

Transfer an out-of-state CNA certification

Nurse aides that are active CNAs in good standing on their home state’s registry may apply for certification by reciprocity. Nurses aides who take this route must apply by completing a form found on the Prometric website along with payment and required documentation. Prometric will verify your documentation and send the information to the Louisiana Department of Health. You will then be added to the LANAR.

Application for certification by reciprocity