Are you a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) looking to transfer your certification to Texas in 2024?
Whether you’re moving to the Lone Star State or seeking reciprocity for other reasons, this guide will walk you through the process of obtaining CNA reciprocity in Texas.
What Is CNA Reciprocity?
CNA reciprocity, also known as certification reciprocity or endorsement, allows CNAs who are certified in one state to apply for certification in another state without re-taking a full CNA training program and competency exam.
This process streamlines the transition for CNAs moving to a new state or seeking to practice in multiple states.
Texas CNA Reciprocity Requirements
To apply for CNA reciprocity in Texas, you must meet certain requirements:
1. Active Certification in Good Standing
- You must hold an active CNA certification in the state where you were initially certified.
- Your certification should be in good standing, meaning there should be no history of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of patient property.
2. Verification of Certification
- Contact the nurse aide registry in your current state to request verification of your certification. This verification should be sent directly to the Texas Nurse Aide Registry.
3. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Submit a reciprocity application to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
- You can find the application form on the HHSC website. It’s important to complete this form accurately and submit all required documentation.
4. Competency Evaluation
- Texas may require you to pass a competency evaluation exam if your training program or certification exam in your previous state did not meet Texas requirements.
5. Criminal Background Check
- Most states, including Texas, require CNAs to undergo a criminal background check as part of the reciprocity process. Be prepared to provide fingerprints and undergo a criminal history review.
6. Application Fee
- There is usually an application fee associated with CNA reciprocity. Check with the HHSC for the current fee amount and payment instructions.
How to Apply for Texas CNA Reciprocity
Follow these steps to apply for CNA reciprocity in Texas:
- Contact your current state’s nurse aide registry to request verification of your certification.
- Download the CNA reciprocity application form from the HHSC website. Complete the form and submit it along with the required documentation.
- Be prepared to schedule and pass a competency evaluation exam if required by Texas.
- Undergo a criminal background check and provide the necessary fingerprints.
- Pay the application fee as specified by the HHSC.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A: The processing time for CNA reciprocity can vary, but it typically takes a few weeks to a few months. Be sure to apply well in advance if you plan to work as a CNA in Texas.
A: Yes, there is an application fee associated with CNA reciprocity in Texas. Contact the HHSC for the current fee amount and payment instructions.
A: Texas may require a competency evaluation exam if your previous training or certification did not meet Texas requirements. Check with the HHSC for specific details.
A: Yes, you can find the reciprocity application form online on the HHSC website. You can submit your application electronically for faster processing.
Transferring your CNA certification to Texas through reciprocity is a manageable process, but it involves meeting specific requirements and submitting the required documentation.
By following the steps outlined in this guide and ensuring that your certification is in good standing, you can make a smooth transition to practicing as a CNA in the great state of Texas.
If you have any additional questions or need assistance with the reciprocity process, don’t hesitate to contact the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for guidance and support.
For further inquiries, get in touch with the Texas Nurse Aide Registry by reaching out to: