The Pennsylvania Department of Health oversees the licensure and certification of CNAs in the state and stores the information in the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry, which is managed by Pearson VUE. The registry can be searched online or by calling (800) 852-0518 or (717) 787-1816 for assistance.
How to verify a Pennsylvania CNA license number
Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Nurse Aide Registry page to search for an individual by registration number. You can search for up to 15 CNA license numbers at a time.
The results will display the individual’s name, city, status and registration number. Click the “eye” icon to display additional information, including the original issue date, basis of application, effective date, and expiration date. The page will also indicate if there are substantiated findings of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property on file with the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry.
How to lookup a Pennsylvania CNA license number
Fortunately, in the state of Pennsylvania, locating a missing CNA license number is not difficult and involves as similar process as verifying a CNA license number.
If you are looking for your CNA license number or the number of someone else, this can be accessed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Nurse Aide Registry page Enter the name, city, and date of birth, click search, and the results will display a list of matching listings along with the CNA license numbers for each.
If you are having difficulty finding the right listing, try searching for fewer variables, such as only searching by name or only by the last name and date of birth. You can also call the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry for assistance at (800) 852-0518 or (717) 787-1816.
Why do I have a CNA license number?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires all certified nurse aides to have a license number in order to work in the state. The license number is used to identify individuals in the Nurse Aide Registry and ensure that they have met all the requirements for certification.
How can I get a CNA license number?
You can get a CNA license number by passing the state-approved nurse aide training program and competency exam. Once you have passed the exam, your name and license number will be entered into the Nurse Aide Registry.
You can also get a CNA license number by transferring your certification from another state to Pennsylvania. You will need to submit a copy of your certification from the other state, along with a completed Application for Certification by Examination or Reciprocity, to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
What do I need to do to renew my CNA license in Pennsylvania?
Your CNA license in Pennsylvania will need to be renewed every 24 months. You will need to complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during this time period and submit a completed Renewal Application, along with the renewal fee, to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
You will also need to have your employer verify that you have worked at least 160 hours as a nurse aide during the 24-month period prior to renewing your license.
If you do not renew your CNA license within 60 days of its expiration date, you will need to retake the nurse aide training program and competency exam in order to have your license reinstated.
Where can I find more information about CNAs in Pennsylvania?
For more information about CNAs in Pennsylvania, you can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at (800) 852-0518 or (717) 787-1816. You can also visit the Pennsylvania Health Care Association website or the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry website.
For more information on CNA programs in Pennsylvania, including how to obtain initial certification, CNA routes in the state, renewal procedures, and reactivation of lapsed credentials, go to our webpage on the topic. Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry.