Get a quick guide to certified nursing assistant training, competency exam and certification in Texas.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) regulates the CNA training and certification in the state of Texas. Enroll in a state-approved nurse aide or CNA school to start your formal training and education.
If you have already taken the CNA training from another state, DADS will give you the permission to skip the CNA training program in Texas. However, you will still be asked to register and get a passing grade of the state CNA competency examination.
CNA Training Program Requirements in Texas
To be admitted for the CNA training, students are required to be at least a high school graduate (or equivalent), agree to the state criminal background check, submit fingerprint cards, and must pass the interview and physical exam.
Generally included in the CNA coursework are basic nursing care procedures, biology, dental and medical assisting, medical profession education, nutrition and health occupations, among others.
CNA training programs in Texas are typically offered at vocational schools and community colleges. The entire training program will usually take for six to eight weeks to complete. Once you graduate, you’ll become eligible to sit down for the state CNA certification examination.
CNA Examination in Texas
You can take the two-part exam when you have completed the required training. You can find the locations for the CNA exam by contacting Pearson Vue, which is the organization designated to administer the test.
Texas Nurse Aide Registry
For further information and questions, you can contact the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services – Licensing & Credentialing Regulatory Services, located at 701 W. 51st St., Austin, Texas 78751. For license verification, you can call them at (800) 452-3934, or general info at (512) 438-2050.
You can also use their online DADS Regulatory Services Credentialing Sanctions Database Search at this link here.