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IMPORTANT - North Carolina CNA exam info

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  • 02/29/2016 Update: New Required Training Rule to go into effect March 1, 2016- A new Rule, 10A NCAC 13O.0301, was recently approved in December by the Rules Division of the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearing and adopted by the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation. Beginning March 1, 2016, individuals wishing to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Competency Exam must complete state-approved training in order to register and schedule the exam. There will be few exceptions to this new requirement. Therefore the last day to challenge and/or receive a Pearson VUE "authorization to test" is February 29, 2016.  Additional information is below:

    • Nurse aides with an unexpired listing on the N.C. Nurse Aide I Registry and do not meet the requirements for renewal may test without additional training provided they complete testing prior to their registry expiration date.  They may only apply for testing within 45 days of their expiration date.  Once approved they must complete testing before their listing expires on the registry.  They must submit a Training Waiver Request to N.C. DHHS, and once approved, they must pass the exam prior to their registry expiration date.
    • Nurse aides with an expired listing on the N.C. Nurse Aide I Registry must train/retrain at a N.C. state-approved training program in order to take the competency exam.  Individuals who have started testing and/or are scheduled to test have two (2) years from the registration completion date to complete testing. Individuals who are registered, but not scheduled have until February 29, 2016 to schedule their exams.  These candidates will have two (2) years from registration completion date to complete testing.
    • Nurse aides with an unexpired listing/license/certification on another state’s registry may test without additional training as long as they complete testing prior to their listing/license/certification on that registry’s expiration date. They must submit a Training Waiver Request to N.C. DHHS, and once approved, they must pass the exam prior to their registry listing’s expiration date.
    • Nurse aides with an expired listing/license/certification on other states’ registries must complete state-approved training/retraining to be eligible to test. Training must be approved by the state in which training occurred.
    • Individuals who have completed training in an out-of-state nurse aide program approved by that state within the last 24 months may take the exam without additional training. They must submit a Training Waiver Request to N.C. DHHS, and once approved, will have 24 months from their training completion date to complete testing.
    • EMTs, nurses with inactive/expired listings, unlicensed nursing school graduates, and military medics may test without additional training. They must submit a Training Waiver Request to N.C. DHHS, and once approved, will have 24 months from the approval date to complete testing.

    A list of state-approved training programs can be found at https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/hcpr/pdf/trainingprograms.pdf

    Training waiver request forms may be obtained by sending your request via email to [email protected].
  • Note to test candidates testing for nursing school - Students planning to take the NNAAP exam as part of a requirement for a college/nursing school application must follow the same rules as all test candidates.  Please make sure you register/schedule your test in a timely manner. Keep in mind that tests do occasionally get rescheduled due to weather or other unexpected emergencies.

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