CNA Certification in Missouri

In order to work as a certified nursing assistant in Missouri, you will need to go through the process of receiving your certification.  In most cases you will work under the direction of nurses if you work as a CNA.  In a job as a certified nursing assistant, you will provide care for patients in a healthcare or home health setting.

Minimum Training Hours and Requirements for Missouri

Missouri has more extensive training requirements for certified nursing assistants than some other states.  They require 175 total hours of training.  There must be 75 classroom hours and 100 clinical hours at a minimum.  The programs are designed and approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

Training programs will prepare you to provide safe and compassionate care for patients.  You will learn to protect the privacy and dignity of patients.  Training classes will teach you safety information and communication skills. These are just a few of the subjects that will be covered during your training.

Upon completion of training, you will need to take the written and skills portions of the nursing assistant certification exam.  Both parts will need to be passed for you to receive certification.

Transfer CNA Certification From Another State to Missouri

It is often possible to transfer a nursing assistant certification from another state to Missouri. You can apply with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to challenge the training requirements in the state of Missouri if you hold a valid certification in another state. Information on transferring your certification can be found at:

You will need to complete the steps listed below to be considered for transfer of your certification. It will also be necessary to send a copy of your nursing assistant certification and your social security card. In addition, you will need to provide documentation to prove you have worked as a nursing assistant (or providing nursing related skills) for a minimum of 8 hours in the last two years.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Check with the nursing aide registry where you are currently certified to make certain your certification is not only in good standing but is still active.
  2. Obtain a copy of your Nursing Assistant Certificate from your former state to submit to the state of Missouri. If your current active dates or employment dates are not tracked on your state’s registry, you must submit proof of employment within the last 2 years.
  3. Send a copy of your social security card.
  4. Write a letter to the Health Education Unit in Missouri. Request the right to challenge the CNA exam since you are already listed as an active CNA in another state. Make sure to include your return address and daytime telephone number. Mail all documents to:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services- Attn: Health Education Unit
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

CNA Certification Renewal

Your nursing assistant certification is valid for twenty-four months. A few months before your certification expires, you will receive a renewal form. The form will need to be completed and returned to the address provided.  In order to renew your certification, you will need to work for compensation as a nursing assistant for a minimum of 8 hours within the last 24 month certification period. Your employer will need to complete some of the form to verify you have worked as a nursing assistant during the last two years. If you are employed in a long-term care facility, you will be required to take 12 hours of in-service provided by your facility.

If you have not worked for at least 8 hours during the 24 month certification period, you will not be able to renew your certification and you will become considered inactive.

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6 Responses to CNA Certification in Missouri

  1. keila April 10, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    i had my cna license for almost 7 years. when i moved to kansas city i let my license very first job was in a nursing facility and i absolutely loved everything about it. i wnt more than anything to get my cna license back. but being a single mother of three its hard. and i keep seeing things that say free cna classes but cant seem to find them. is there any way you could help me please i would be forever grateful. Thank you

  2. G. Pusch August 12, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    I am currently licensed in Illinois, working in a local hospital as a Nursing Tech and a 2nd semester RN student….from this I have two questions. 1) Can I have a license as a CNA in both Illinois & Missouri? 2) What is the easiest steps for me to complete so I can work PRN in both Il & Mo?


  3. Virginia Swann August 26, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Hello my name is Virginia Swann and will be transfering to Missouri from Oklahoma in the next 60 days or less. I’ll be sending copies as requested above to the address listed also above so I may obtain what is required by Missouri laws so I’ll be able to work as I arrive. I’m so looking forward to being part of your community in the Springfield area.
    I’ve also obtained a social service and activities certificate while in Oklahoma. I’d like do have the same there also, if I could be pointed in the right direction on where to go to get this done.
    As of right now I’m a university student with 80 plus credits and would like very much to continue as I arrive there in Springfield,MO.
    My goal is to get my nurses license (RN) and someday get my social service degree as well.
    It has been a pleasure visiting with you and hope to see some of you all or meet some of you very soon.

    Thank you for your information, Virginia Swann

  4. candy January 25, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    i am trying to go from MO. to MN, do i haft to be working or can i do that befor i get a job, if so how?

  5. Rebecca Williams June 18, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    I am CNA in Illinois but my new job requires both Missouri and Illinois. How do I go about challenging rhe Missouri test.

  6. rhonda tucker September 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I used to have my cna license in Arkansas they expired in Jan of 2014 I moved to missouri in Feb 2014 .I would like to get my cna license back I work for helping Hands Home Health agency out of fair dealing missouri. I kale already had my background checked through the state can u possibly help me with figuring out where I could go to take test or course again to get them back I live in doniphan missouri

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