Nurse Aide and Nontechnical Services Worker Registry
1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1207
Phone: (405) 271-4085 or (800) 695-2157
The Oklahoma State Department of Health – Nurse Aide registry approves and monitors the NATCEPs in the state of Oklahoma. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have designated the Nurse Aide Registry to review and approve NATPs (Nurse Aide Training Programs) in Oklahoma.
Types of Nurse Aides Certifications in Oklahoma
There are different types of certified nurse aides, six in total, in the state of Oklahoma:
- LTC – Long Term Care Aide
- DDCA – Developmentally Disabled Direct Care Aide
- HHA – Home Health Aide
- ADC – Adult Day Care Aide
- RCA – Residential Care Aide
- CMA – Certified Medication Aide
An application packet is available for each of the six types of certifications and can be obtained by contacting Nurse Aide Registry.
Becoming a Certified Nurse Aide in Oklahoma
To earn a listing on the Oklahoma CNA registry, individuals who wish to work as CNAs will need to complete a state-approved CNA program for CNAs prior to taking the competency exam. Candidates who have completed a state-approved CNA program have three attempts to take the exam within 2 years of the completion date of the program. Testing consists of a clinical skills test and a written/oral test. Candidates must obtain minimum passing rates for both tests in order to pass the competency exam. Retraining is required for eligibility to test again. Test scores will be sent to the registry and successful candidates will have their names added to the registry.
- Candidate information bulletin
- Verify registry listing of a CNA
- Verify abuse or convictions
- Approved programs
- Change of address form
Recertification for Nurse Aides in Oklahoma
Certificates for nurse aides in Oklahoma are renewed every 24 months. Proof of performing at least 8 hours of paid nursing or nursing related services within the last certification period is required. Private Duty work does not count towards recertification of LTC nurse aides.
Reinstatement of a Lapsed Nurse Aide Certificate
Nurse aides who fail to perform required work for recertification or nurse aides whose certification has expired for more than 24 months are required to retest in order to reinstate their certification. You must fill out a retest application and schedule a retest. You can only retest once. Retraining is required in case of failing to pass the re-test.
Out-of-state CNA Certification Transfer
Certification by reciprocity for out of state nurse aides is available for those looking to be listed in the CNA registry in Oklahoma. If your listing with the registry in the state of original certification is active and in good standing, you must fill out a reciprocity application and send it to the Nurse Aide Registry. There must be no documented findings on the out-of-state registry for neglect, resident abuse, or misappropriation of property. Also, you must have no criminal convictions.