New York Nurse Aide Registry

New York Nurse Aide Registry
NY State Department of Health - Bureau of Professional Credentialing
161 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054-1393
Phone: (518) 408-1297
The online Nurse Aide Registry is managed by Prometric.
License Verification: (800) 918-8818

How can I become a certified nurse aide in the state of New York? There are several ways to obtain certification as a nurse aide in New York, depending on your current status and previous education. Those who are not certified nurse aides in another state but wish to find employment in New York, should take the reciprocity route. Those who have never been certified as a nurse aide, LPN, or RN, need to complete an approved nurse aide training program. Upon completion of the CNA program and passing the state nurse aide examination, one needs to apply for listing on the New York Nurse Aide Registry. A candidate may challenge the nurse aide examination three times within two years after completing a nursing assistant course. A large number of nurse aide competency exams are administered in the nursing homes or schools that have provided the training. A nurse aide who is the employee of a nursing home is not required to cover the cost of testing. Instead, that health care facility is responsible for the payment of any examination fees.

CNA Registries in the United States

Select an area from the map below to find addresses and phone numbers for Nurse Aide Registries in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as well as links to online nursing assistant registries if available.

Nursing Assistant Registries

Should you know about your state's nursing assistant registry? Absolutely. A state's nurse aide registry serves important functions for any certified nursing assistant as well as for those looking to become certified. An individual who has finished a nursing assistant training program and has passed the state competency exam becomes listed on the CNA registry. Employers check the registry listings to confirm that a potential employee satisfies the training and testing requirements to obtain a nursing assistant job. To work as a certified nursing assistant, your status on the CNA registry must be active, without any charges of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. It is important to update your name and address on the registry. By doing so, your information is current and you are able to receive important documents sent by the registry.

For example, renewal forms are mailed to the address you have provided to the registry. You will not receive the certification renewal forms unless your address on the registry is accurate. One of the most frequent questions we get is how to get a copy of a CNA certificate. The nurse aide registry is in charge of issuing a duplicate of your nurse aide certificate and to obtain a copy you need to contact them. A nursing assistant certificate is typically reprinted when the original has been lost, accidentally destroyed, stolen, or when the individual has changed their name. The nurse aide registry is also the entity in charge of revoking a nursing assistant's certification in cases of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of a client's property. In such cases, an individual's name is permanently listed on the registry along with the specific findings.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Iesha on September 07, 2009 at 06:56 PM
My boyfriend is a CNA certified in Oklahoma but plans to move to New York City to live with me. Will he be able to transfer his Oklahoma CNA certification to work in a New York City hospital?


Admin on September 08, 2009 at 11:09 PM
Your boyfriend has to apply for reciprocity in New York in order to be eligible for certification as a CNA in this state. He must have an active certification in Oklahoma and be listed in good standing on Oklahoma's nurse aide registry. To begin the process he needs to print and complete the nursing assistant reciprocity application. Along with the application he must submit a clear copy of his Oklahoma nurse aide certificate as well as the required fees. As soon as his application is received and approved by the New York nurse aide registry he may schedule and challenge the New York nursing assistant exam. Passing the state exam results in becoming certified as a CNA in New York. The nursing assistant reciprocity application can be found here: New York State Nurse Aide Registry Application.


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CNA Resources

Being a Successful C.N.A

Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.


A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.

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