Arkansas Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aide Guide
Who Grants Certification: The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Long Term Care (OLTC) has contracted with Headmaster to administer state exams to nurse aides in Arkansas. Once certified, Arkansas nurse aides are listed on the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry. Prometric handles the listing to the registry as well.
The Qualifications to become Certified:
There is more than one route to qualification for receiving a nurse aide certification in the state of Arkansas. These include:
- You have successfully completed an Arkansas state-approved training program
- You were previously certified in the state of Arkansas, your certification lapsed and you are retaking the test.
- You are an RN or LPN student and have a copy of the OLTC’s letter of approval
- You were trained or certified in another state and have the letter of approval from the OLTC.
In order to apply for the nurse aide registry in Arkansas and apply to take the exam, register on the Headmaster website.
Or apply with this paper application here. If testing at a regional site, fill out the application and send it along with proof of the above qualifications to:
Attn: Arkansas Nursing Assistant Testing Program
7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, MD 21236
If testing at your facility, take the paper application to your facility.
The test has two parts, a skills evaluation and a written section. Both parts must be passed to be listed on the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry. The written section is 60 questions in length. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. Take these with you to the test:
- Your Social Security card
- Your driver’s license
- Role of the Nurse Aide
- Promotion of Safety
- Promotion of Function and Health of Residents
- Basic Nursing Care Provided by the Nurse Aide
- Providing Specialized Care for Residents with Changes in Health
For the first three skills you will also be tested on the actual process of washing your hands with each skill and for your indirect care of the patient, meaning the parts of care associated with the patients:
- Infection Control
- Communication with the resident
- Rights and preferences
- And safety, comfort and needs
Certification Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements:
According to Arkansas Law, to renew your license, it is required that you have worked 8 hours at your place of employment in the paid role of a nurse aide during the past 24 months. This must be paid employment, not volunteer work, and in a nursing environment such as a nursing home, home health setting or a hospital.
You can renew your license with Prometric and the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry here.
AR Nurse Aide Registry
AR Department of Human Services
Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405
Little Rock, AR 72203-8059
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National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Exam Content Outline Review
I. Physical Care Skills
A. Daily Living Activities:
- Dressing and Grooming
- Nutrition and Hydration
B. Skills of Basic Nursing:
- Infection Control
- Therapeutic/Technical Procedures
- Data Collection and Reporting
C. Restorative Skills:
- Self Care/Independence
II. Psychosocial Care Skills
A. Emotional and Mental Health Needs
B. Spiritual and Cultural Needs
III. Nurse Aide Roles
B. Client Rights
C. Legal and Ethical Behavior
D. Member of the Health Care Team