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Become a CNA in Tennessee

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Tennessee

  1. Register for and complete a Tennessee CNA certification program.  Nurse’s aide training received in the armed forces may be substituted for civilian training.

  2. Apply to Tennessee’s examination administrator to take the competency test.  Instructions, forms and a practice exam can be found at website hdmaster.com.  Include a copy of your training program registration roster or certificate.  A background as a military medic can also make you eligible for testing.  Obtain a challenge approval letter from Tennessee’s Department of Health to send in along with your application and fee forms.  (See http://www.hdmaster.com/testing for information and a challenge application.)   Test registration packets should be mailed or faxed to:

D&S Diversified Technologies LLP
P.O. Box #418
Findlay, OH 45839-0418
Phone 877-201-0758
Fax 419-422-8367

  1. The evaluation exam consists of a written part in English or Spanish, or an oral alternative for people who have difficulty reading English or Spanish.  Specify your preference when applying.  During the skills part of the testing, you must perform hand-washing and four other tasks chosen at random.  The state requires that the written/oral and skill portions be taken on the same day.  On the day of testing, bring one signed, current photo ID and your social security card. The examination must be taken within two years of graduation from a nurse aide training program.
  2. After passing both the written/oral and skill parts of the examination, you will receive the scores and be placed on the Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry.  Certified Nurse Aides must recertify every two years.  Evidence of having worked at least one 8 hour shift during the past two years in a Division of Health Care licensed or certified facility must accompany the renewal application.


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