Mississippi Department of Health Facilities
Bureau of Health Facilities
Licensure and Certification
P.O. Box 1700, Jackson, MS 39215
143B LeFleur’s Square
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 364-1100
Fax (601) 364-5052
Obtaining a CNA Certification in Mississippi
Obtaining a CNA certification in Mississippi entails passing a CNA competency exam. Provided that the applicant receives a passing score on both parts of the exam, the applicant’s name will be added to the Mississippi CNA Registry. Credentia is the state-approved 3rd party license and testing administrator in the state of Mississippi.
Verification Process for Nurse Aides in Mississippi
Nurse aides can browse the Pearson Vue website to verify their certification status. A social security number, first name and last name, or certification number are required for the verification process.
Renewing Nurse Aide Certification in Mississippi
A nurse aide needs to accumulate at least 8 hours of compensated nurse-related duties during the last two (2) years of the certification period before being eligible for certification renewal. A renewal form will need to be submitted which can be obtained from Pearson Vue’s website. A notification will be sent 60 days before the expiration date.
Reinstating a CNA Certificate in Mississippi
If a CNA is unable to renew his/her certification prior to the renewal deadline, he/she will need retake both parts of the NNAAP examination on the first try in order to have his/her name restored in the CNA Registry. In the event that he/she is unable to achieve a passing score in either part of the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program or NNAAP, he/she will required retake a CNA program approved by the state.
Out-of-state Transferring of a CNA Certification
Nurse aides that are currently active and are on good standing in their home state may opt to have their certification transferred to the state of Mississippi through the process of reciprocity.