North Dakota Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aide Guide

Is a License or Certification needed:  To get certified and work as a nursing assistant or nurse aide in North Dakota, you need to complete a nursing assistant program and pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam.

Who Grants Certification: The North Dakota Board of Nursing grants certification to North Dakota nursing assistants and nurse aides.

The Qualifications to become Certified:

In order to qualify to receive a nurse assistant license in North Dakota, you must:
  • Be verified competent by your employer and a licensed nurse; and
  • Pass the NNAAP exam
How to Apply for Certification and to take the Exam:

Use this form to apply to be a nurse aide in North Dakota. Complete and mail this form to:

North Dakota Department of Health Division of Accounting
600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
 
If you have questions, you can reach the ND Department of Health at 701.328.2353 or by e-mail at naregistry@nd.gov.

If you are already certified as a nursing assistant in another state, you can submit this form.

Test taking times and sites can be found here.

Test Content

The NNAAP test has two parts, a Skills Evaluation and a Written (or oral) part.  Both parts must be passed to be listed on the North Dakota Nurse Aide Registry. The written section is 70 questions in length, 60 are multiple choice and 10 are reading comprehension questions. Take two pencils with you. You will have two full hours to complete the exam. (The oral exam if given in place of the written exam is 160 questions in length.) The Skills Evaluation will be a 25 minute time period given to complete 5 randomly selected nurse aide skills.
Content topics include:
  • Activities of Daily Living – Hygiene, Dressing and Grooming, Nutrition and Hydration, Elimination, Rest/Comfort/Sleep
  • Basic Nursing Skills - Infection Control, Safety/Emergency, Therapeutic/Technical Procedures, Data Collection and Reporting
  • Restorative Skills – Prevention, Self-care/Independence
  • Psychosocial Care Skills – Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  • Spiritual and Cultural Needs
  • Communication
  • Client Rights
  • Legal and Ethical Behavior
  • Member of the Health Care Team
See the Candidate Handbook for more details.

Certification Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements:

If your license has lapsed after its 2 year run, you will need to reactivate it by successfully completing a written and clinical skills test after calling or filling out this form.  There is no fee for a renewal. Send this form to:

North Dakota Department of Health Division of Accounting                                          
600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
 
If you have questions, you can reach the ND Department of Health at 701.328.2353 or by e-mail at naregistry@nd.gov.  More information regarding the renewal process can also be found here.

Contact

ND Nurse Assistant Registry 
ND Department of Health 
Division of Health Facilities 
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 301 
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200 
Phone: 701-328-2353 
Fax: 701-328-1890

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