New Hampshire Nurse Aide Registry

New Hampshire Nursing Assistants Registry
21 S. Fruit St., Ste 16
Concord, NH 03301-2431
Phone: (603) 271-6282
Fax: (603) 271-6605

In New Hampshire, CNAs are referred to as Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs). The New Hampshire (NH) Board of Nursing is responsible for credentialing LNAs. The route to becoming a new LNA in New Hampshire entails the completion of a state-approved training program, followed by the passing of a two-part competency assessment. Only LNAs whose names have been placed on the registry are eligible for employment as Licensed Nursing Assistants in the state of New Hampshire.

Initial Nursing Assistant License in New Hampshire

Upon completing a state-approved training program and clearing background checks, candidates must pass the LNA exam, which consists of a written knowledge test and a clinical skills test. In New Hampshire, the exam is administered by several testing agencies and services, including the American Red Cross, Pearson Vue, and Excel Testing.

Other Routes to Becoming an LNA in New Hampshire

  • Licensure by Competency Evaluation (new LNAs)
  • Licensure by Endorsement (out-of-state CNAs)
  • Licensure by Comparable Education (RN/LPN students)
  • Challenge Process (other individual)

Licensure Routes Information

Certification Renewal for NH LNAs

Nursing assistant licenses must be renewed every 2 years. Eligibility requirements for maintaining an active status on the registry include:

  • The active practice of 200 hours as a nursing assistant within the past 24 months.
  • 12 hours of continuing education per each year of the last 2 years 

Application for certification renewal

License Reinstatement

If a nursing assistant does not meet the eligibility criteria for license renewal, their license will become inactive. To reactivate licensure, the respective candidates must pass both the knowledge and skills competency testing. A reinstatement application can be requested from the NH Board of Nursing, which will send by mail a list of approved testing facilities. The candidate must take the test and submit the reinstatement application along with the test results and fee to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

Information of Nursing Assistant License Reinstatement

Certification by Endorsement for Out-of-State CNAs

Nursing assistants that have an active and in good standing certification on another’s states registry can become Licensed in New Hampshire by endorsement. Requirements include:

  • The active practice of 200 hours as a nursing assistant within the past 24 months.
  • The completion of 12 hours of continuing education per each year of the last 2 years, OR
  • The completion of a written and clinical competency testing within the last two years.

License by Endorsement Application