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Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry

Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry
Arkansas Department of Human
Services Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405,
Little Rock, AR 72203
Automated Line: (501) 682-8484
Direct Line: (501) 682-1807

The Arkansas CNA registry is indeed an essential system for tracking and maintaining the certification status of nurse aides in the state. Individuals seeking to become certified nurse aides (CNAs) in Arkansas, seeking to transfer a out of state certificate, renew a license or just check the status of a license, needs to use and contact the CNA registry. This includes checking eligibility criteria, scheduling and rescheduling tests, understanding test site regulations, receiving exam results, exploring the appeal process if needed, and staying informed about certification renewal procedures. This registry serves as an official record of certified nurse aides in the state, making it easier for employers and the public to verify a CNA’s credentials and ensure the provision of quality healthcare services.

The 3rd party administrative partner that Arkansas contracts with for CNA testing is D&S Diversified Technologies LLP Headmater LLP. Information on Arkansas CNA requirements that is handled through Headmaster can be found here.


How to Become a CNA in Arkansas

In order to be a registered CNA in the state of Arkansas, you will need to accomplish the following steps:

  • Enroll and complete any state-approved CNA training program that requires a minimum of 90 hours. You may also seek free instructional classes which are available throughout Arkansas.
  • Pass the CNA competency exam offered via the Prometric Registry. This consists of a written or oral competency exam and a clinical skills-based exam.

Arkansas CNA Examination Application

How Do You Verify a CNA License in Arkansas?

The Arkansas LTCF Employment Clearance Registry provides prospective employers the ability to check the status of any CNA candidate via an online portal via Prometric. You may also contact them via phone during regular office hours.

Arkansas Nursing Assistant Certification Verification


How Do You Renew a Certificate for an Arkansas Nurse Aide?

CNA certificates will expire within 24 months from the date they’ve been issued. In order to renew a nursing assistant certificate, a minimum of 8 hours of monetarily compensated nursing services will need to be completed within the 24-month time frame prior to the expiration date. Take note that a renewal fee is not needed in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas Nursing Assistant Renewal Form


How Do You Reinstate an Expired Nurse Aide Certificate?

In Arkansas, a reinstatement application will be needed in order to reactivate a certificate that has recently expired. The process of reinstating a CNA license will vary depending on the following scenarios:

  • The license has been expired for more than 24 months
  • The license is void due to lack of continuous work as a CNA
  • The license was suspended due to complaints arising from abuse or negligence
  • The license holder has previously submitted a fraudulent application

Application to Reinstate an Expired Nursing Assistant License

How Do You Transfer an Out-of-state CNA Certification in Arkansas?

The reciprocity form is needed in order to transfer an active certification from another state to Arkansas. The form is available from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-Term Care / AR Nurse Aide Registry. For further assistance, please consult the Headmaster website as well as the form below.

Application for Interstate CNA License Transfer