How to Apply for Certified Nursing Assistant Reciprocity

So you’ve accomplished the major milestone of gaining state certification as a nursing assistant and may have even worked in a medical facility. Unfortunately, life has a tendency of switching up your plans. If you find yourself needing to move states, but you still wish to work as a certified nursing assistant, you must become well-versed in your new state’s reciprocity requirements. In a nutshell, reciprocity is the process of proving your talent, education and qualifications you’ve learned in one state and displaying this information to qualify for certification in another state. This process is quite common for all licensed or certified professions, and when broken down, is a simplistic process.

State-Specific CNA Certification Requirements

The first step in starting the reciprocity process is uncovering the minimum requirements to hold CNA certification in your new state. Unfortunately, CNA certification requirements are not universal across the United States. Although specific requirements can dramatically vary, the average state requires personal identification information such as a Social Security Number and employment as a CNA for a specified duration.

For example, to qualify for reciprocity in the State of Maine, you must have worked a minimum of eight hours as a CNA within the previous 24-months while also being listed as “Active” on another state’s Nurse Aide Registry. Those seeking reciprocity must also have no pending or substantial findings on their record with the Nurse Aide Registry as well as hold a valid social security card.

The Reciprocity Process

Again, exact steps to undergo reciprocity varies upon the state; however, the general procedure involves an application as well as providing supporting documents for approval. For example, in the State of Maine, those seeking reciprocity must complete a short application that includes current contact information as well as employment verification. It’s important to note, application requires your Registered Nurse supervisor or the Director over your medical facility to verify you actually worked a minimum of eight hours within the previous 24-months. Supporting documents include a paycheck stub or a letter confirming your employment on the company’s letterhead.

Upon verification of this information, the state will then decide whether or not to approve your request. If approved, you’ll be given a CNA certification for the new state as well as access to register with their Nurse Aide Registry.

Remember, the aforementioned steps are specific for the State of Maine. While your state may feature different requirements, these are the most common steps and requirements. For information on other states, visit CNA Certification Scoop or contact the nursing board for the state your certification will be transferred to in order to define exact certified nursing assistant reciprocity regulations.