Mississippi CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Mississippi (MS)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Mississippi CNA and HHA Certification Requirements

State of Mississippi (MS)

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

The Bureau of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification, which is a division of The MS State Dept. of Health, has contracted with Pearson VUE, a provider of assessment services to regulatory agencies, to administer and report the results of the Examination for the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry. Aides need to pass the Pearson exam in order to get certified.

The first part of the exam is the written, which can also be taken orally if the aide cannot read English easily. This consists of 70 multiple-choice questions. Sample questions are provided in a link at the bottom of this page.

The second part is the skills evaluation, administered on the same day as the written. You must pass both parts in order to be certified and listed on the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry.  Should you wish to take the oral instead of the written exam, it consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions.

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Must be a citizen or someone eligible to work in the U.S.;  must produce social security number (these are Fed requirements). same
Type of Certification First a training diploma, followed by State certification and listing on the Registry subject to passing the Pearson Vue exam (see above notes). same
Application Form A filled application form is required together with  copies of training diplomas, proof of work eligibility, criminal background check, photo ID, and 2 photos, immunization result, and a money order for $101 (for the written and skills tests). same
Age There is no age requirement. same
Driver’s License A driver’s license is not required. same
Education Level No schooling pre-requisites; in fact, MS is only state to offer aides who don’t read English well to take oral instead of written exam. same
Training hours & where In the absence of state regulations, Fed regulations apply: a minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, inclusive of 16 hours of practical training (different schools will offer different number of hours and if they are accredited, it means their program is accepted). Same (be advised that training programs and number of hours differs from one school to the other).
Competence Training A minimum of 16 hours of practical work, per Fed regulations. Same (see note above).
Experience No prior professional experience required. same
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. same
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required for background checks. same
Background checks State and FBI checks will be required. same
Other Requirements Copies of Social security, photo ID and two photos, immunization results, diploma from training academy, and background checks. same
Licensed in another state? The state honors reciprocity as long as the aide has a current certificate in good standing from another state that has an equivalent curriculum (in this case it means any other state since the Fed regulation of 75 hours applies to all states as a minimum). same
Exam It is referred to as the Nurse Aide Certification Exam, and it is given in two parts, one written, the other a skills test (see notes above). same


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