A career as a certified nursing assistant is one in which you will assist patients with activities of daily living. Nursing assistants work under the direction of nurses and provide basic care (primarily non-medical) to patients in a variety of settings.
CNA Training Requirements in Arizona
You will need to complete at least 120 hours of training for nursing assistant certification in Arizona. The training will include classroom time as well as clinical experience. It is necessary to complete a course that is fully accredited for CNAs in the state of Arizona. Otherwise, you will not be able to sit for the necessary certification exam.
CNA Certification Through Reciprocity in Arizona
It is sometimes possible to become a certified nursing assistant in Arizona through reciprocity. If you are a certified nursing assistant in another state and are moving to Arizona, you can apply for reciprocity through the Nursing Aide Registry in Arizona. You will need to provide verification that you have an active nursing assistant certification in your prior state.
You must have worked as a nursing assistant for at least 160 hours within the past two years or have completed a state approved certification program and passed the certification test within the past two years.
If your credentials are accepted from the other state, you will be able to work as a nursing assistant in Arizona. It will not be necessary to complete a training program in Arizona or to retake the certification exam if your application for reciprocity is accepted.
The process to transfer your CNA license to Arizona is as follows:
- Complete an application for CNA by endorsement form.
- Complete a “Proof of Nurse Aide Registration” and send it to your CURRENT state nursing board/CNA Registry.
- Complete a fingerprint card, which will be mailed to you after you send the application to the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
- Attach $50 as non refundable payment for your application for endorsement.
- Attach proof of completing a 120 hour CNA training program in your state (attach your certificate). If the training program that you did was for less than 120 hours then you will need to also attach proof of working as a CNA for at least 160 hours in the last 2 years.
- Once you’ve completed the form, send it to the following address:
ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF NURSING
Nurse Aide Registration Program – 1651 E. Morten Ave., Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ 85020
CNA Certification Renewal in Arizona
You will notice that your nursing assistant certification has an expiration date. In the year when your certification is set to expire, you will receive a recertification form from the Nurse Aide Registry about 2 or 3 months before it will expire. If for any reason you do not receive your recertification form, you can obtain one through the Nursing Aide Registry website.
Complete the recertification form and send it to the address listed on the form. You will also need to submit documentation of citizenship with your recertification forms. It will be necessary to have worked 160 hours in a two year period for pay as a nursing assistant if you want to be eligible to renew your certification. You also cannot have had any felony convictions.
When you work as a certified nursing assistant, you will need to complete some continuing education credits each year. If you ever have any questions about your certification, you can contact the Nursing Aide Registry in Arizona.
The Arizona Board of Nursing is encouraging that all prospective CNAs complete the required forms and submit them online at the following web address: https://www.azbn.gov/MyServices/Login.asp. Paper applications are only being accepted for CNA’s who are:
- On probation
- Inactive or Retired
- Submitting volunteer/private duty hours for 960 hour requirement
- Expired license
- Nurses without social security number
- Nurses who must answer yes to the disciplinary questions
- Nurses who request a paper application
You must submit a written request for a paper application and submit a self addressed stamped business size envelope to:
Arizona State Board of Nursing
4747 N. 7th St., Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655