Getting Certified as a Nurse Aide in Oklahoma
An individual that wants to get listed in the Oklahoma Nurse Registry must enroll and pass in a CNA training program followed by taking a competency exam, both of which must be approved by the state. CNA applicants are only given three (3) chances to take and pass the competency exam within two (2) years prior to taking training program. Any candidate that fails to pass the competency exam within three (3) attempts will need to undergo retraining before being allowed to take the competency exam.
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.
- Candidate information bulletin
- Verify registry listing of a CNA
- Verify abuse or convictions
- Approved training programs
- Change of address form
Online License Verification in Oklahoma
Online license verification in Oklahoma can be done by visiting this link: https://www.phin.state.ok.us/NARSWBSearch/ and providing the CNA’s Last Name, First Name, and Certification Number.
Getting Nurse Aides Re-certified in Oklahoma
Nurse aides in the state of Oklahoma are required to renew their certificates every 2 years. One of the prerequisites for this is to provide proof of work done consisting of 8 hours or more of compensated nurse-related service during the latest certification period. However, private duty work does not count towards recertification eligibility.
Lapsed Nurse Aide Certificate Reinstatement in Oklahoma
Applicants that are unable to comply with the requirements for recertification mentioned above are required to retake the test in order to have their certification reinstated. Retaking the test is only permitted once and failure to do so will also require retraining.
CNA Certification Transfer via Reciprocity
CNA certification transfer to the state of Oklahoma can be done through reciprocity and will depend on the following criteria:
- In possession of a currently active certificate.
- The certificate in question must currently be in good standing and free from neglect, resident abuse, or misappropriation of property, and/or criminal convictions.
If all the criteria mentioned above has been met, the applicant can proceed in filling out a reciprocity application and send it to the Nurse Aide Registry.
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry at:
Nurse Aide and Nontechnical Services Worker Registry
1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1207
Phone: (405) 271-4085 or (800) 695-2157