CNA Certification in Mississippi

You can become a certified nursing assistant in Mississippi by attending a state-approved MS CNA training program.  A job as a nursing assistant provides you with the opportunity to provide basic nursing services (mostly non-medical) for patients in a healthcare setting. You can work in nursing care facilities, some hospitals and rehabilitation centers and for home health agencies.

CNA Training Requirements

In order to qualify to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam in Mississippi, you will need to attend a training course that has been approved by the state.  These training courses must cover at least 75 hours of training.  Most courses in Mississippi are at least 100 hours and all courses are taught by qualified nurses.

You will complete the entire course before you can sit for the exam for certification.  The nursing assistant certification exams in Mississippi are administered by the Pearson VUE.  The training programs are approved by the Department of Health in the state.

Transferring CNA Certification via Reciprocity to Mississippi

You might be able to start a job as a CNA within a short period of time if you move to Mississippi from another state where you hold certification. You will need to contact the Mississippi Department of Health for an application for reciprocity or visit their website at:,1285,83,74.html. A background check will be conducted in addition to the application and documents that you must submit for consideration.

The state will examine your application and review your documents in order to determine if you meet the requirements for certification in Mississippi. You will need to be listed on your former state’s Nurse Aide Registry as active and in good standing in order to transfer your certification to Mississippi.

Steps For Transfer

1. Visit

2. Carefully review the instructions after you have downloaded and printed out the form.

3. Enter your personal information. Verify that all details you have provided are correct.

4. Provide the details of your certification from your state. List the state where you have an active CNA certification. Copy down your certification number and the date it was issued.

5 .Submit the $26 application fee along with your application.

6. Include proof that you were employed as a CNA in the last two years.

7. Send all documents and the application to:

Pearson VUE – Nurse Aide, Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry

PO Box 822749, Philadelphia, PA19182-2749

CNA Certification Renewal in Mississippi

You will need to renew your nursing assistant certification every 24 months. You will receive your renewal form in the mail a few months prior to your license expiring. You may also find the renewal form along with instructions on completing it at: In order to renew your certification, you must have worked for pay a minimum of 8 hours during the last 24 months.

Complete your renewal form carefully and submit any requested documents to ensure there is no delay in processing your renewal application. Don’t forget to include the renewal fee of $26.00 along with your application. Allow 2 weeks to process your application.

Helpful resource: Free CNA Training in Mississippi


24 Responses to CNA Certification in Mississippi

  1. Rachel November 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    I have a certifacation in the state of Mississippi and I have been trying to transfer it to the state of Illinois and I have no way or know how of doing this is there any way you can help get my transfer under way so I can begin my career. thank you

  2. robyn January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Hey my name is Robyn, I was wondering do it matter if the w2 form or check sub year matter, when sending a reciprocity form, do it has to be an up to date one.

    • Admin January 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      Yes it has to be up to date

  3. sam March 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I took a cna course in NC but did not pass the entire certification exam. I am moving to mississippi. Do I have to take another course and the exam to become certified in MS? Who do I contact to find out?

  4. laquita graham May 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Hello my name is Laquita, I completed a CNA course through Stratford Career Institute in 2009. I was wondering what else would I be able to do to become certified in the state of MS

    • Admin June 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

      Did you pass the CNA certification exam?

  5. LaTonya Moore July 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I was wanting to renew my cna certification how do I go about doing that in the state of Ms?

  6. Erin December 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I needed to know how to transfer my medical assistant certificate from Michigan to Mississippi. Please help thanks.

    • Admin March 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      I’m not too sure of the rules for MA transfers but I’d suggest contacting the licensing authority for assistance.

      • Cathehlen April 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

        I have an expired cna license… Its been about two years since I had them renewed… I have been working in a memory care unit at a retirement home for nearly four years… So the question is how can I get them renewed…

  7. Don July 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I am currently working at a Retirement home as a cna and I just wanted to know how do I keep my Certificate (not certification) as a cna active without going to state board to take my ?

  8. Shateka January 3, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    I completed my first semester in nursing school is there anyway of me taking my CNA exam without taking the cna class

    • Negita January 13, 2013 at 2:03 am #

      It depends on the state you are in. In this case, i have not heard of any case in which this option is available.

  9. Bernice Brown January 5, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    I need to know how to check on my certification in the state of mississippi.

    • Negita January 13, 2013 at 2:00 am #

      Pearson vue website has the information

  10. Danyelle Young January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I got my license last year of 2012 and I am just now starting to work with my license (2013) , when it become time to renew my license will it affect me?

    • Negita January 13, 2013 at 1:57 am #

      The date for renewal is the date the state gave you when you applied for the initial certification. Example if you applied for the initial certification in April 2012 renewal would occur April 2014.

  11. Nikita March 21, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Will a CNA license from Illinois transfer to Mississippi?

  12. robin June 13, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    certification expired in 2008 in the state of ms. can i just take the test or do i need to do classes again,i was certified for 16 years

  13. Monique September 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    I took my cna in Ga in rite after I moved to Ms how long will it take them to change my stuff over? I have already sent my app of like a week ago..

  14. casey December 3, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    my certification for cna in Illinois has espired. i have since moved to the state of Mississipi and want to get back in to the cna workforce. how do i get recertified?

  15. angelica January 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Hello, I am currently a cna in the state of Colorado and my family will be locating to Mississippi very soon. How much in advanced should I fill out the document and get my license transfered if I plan on seeking immediate employment once we relocate there? Also I am in the window for renewal, should I renew before I move?

  16. sally August 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    I took the cna classes in 2008 I worked for a few months just as a nursing assistant never got certified do I have to take the classes over or just pay to take the test to be certified.

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