Nursing Assistant Licensure

Nursing Assistant Professional Licensure Disclosure

COCC prepares students for jobs that require a license to practice in Oregon. If you plan to work in another state, please check with that state's licensing board. Remember that licensure can help you find a job, even in states that don’t require one.  

Beyond training or licensure, states may require t things like living in the state for a certain amount of time, taking state-approved tests, signing up with the state, having previous work experience, or proving you have an Oregon license. 

COCC provides the information below at the direction of the U.S. Department of Education and National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). 

Since rules can change, be sure to check the state you want to move to and ask about current guidelines. 


Alabama NO Alabama Department of Public Health Certified Nurse Aide Registry Does not offer reciprocity with other states
Alaska YES, with additional requirements Alaska Nursing Aide Registry Show proof of certification, have an unencumbered license, and complete a competency exam
Arizona YES, with additional requirements Arizona State Board of Nursing Have Oregon certification, take Arizona nursing assistant exam
Arkansas YES, with additional requirements Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Long Term Care Must pass Nursing Assistant Comeptency Exam
California YES, with additional requirements Must pass Nursing Assistant Comeptency Exam Apply for Equivalency/Reciprocity, send electronic fingerprints, provide Oregon CNA certificate of proof of CNA work within last 2 years
Colorado YES, with additional requirements Colorado Board of Nursing Must pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination
Connecticut YES, with additional requirements Connecticut State Department of Public Health Must pass the Connecticut Nurse Aide examination
Delaware YES, with additional requirements Delaware Division of Health Care Quality Must take and pass the CNA Competency Exam
Florida YES, with additional requirements Florida Board of Nursing Must pass a nursing assistant competency examination
Georgia YES, with additional requirements Georgia Nurse Aide System Must pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination
Hawaii YES, with additional requirements Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Must pass the Hawaii Nurse Aide Competency Exam 
Idaho YES, with additional requirements Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Have 120 hrs of qualifyed training and must pass the Idaho Nurse Aide Exam  
Illinois YES Illinois Department of Public Health Have documentation of current registration in Oregon (a lapse of no more than 24 mo. employed as CNA)
Indiana YES, with additional requirements Indiana Department of Health Must complete 105 hours of CNA training and pass a written and skills evaluation exam 
Iowa YES, with additional requirements Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Must complete 75 hours of CNA training and pass the written and skills components of a CNA exam 
Kansas YES, with additional requirements Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Must complete 90 hours of CNA training and score of 75% or higher on the state CNA exam
Kentucky YES, with additional requirements Kentucky Board of Nursing and Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services  Have documentation of current registration in Oregon (a lapse of no more than 24 mo. employed as CNA)
Louisiana YES, with additional requirements Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) - Health Standards Section  Submit application and payment, along with a copy of your social security card and official Louisiana identification 
Maine YES Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants & Direct Care Workers Submit application, copy of Oregon license, and a list of states where CNA certification has been held
Maryland YES Maryland Board of Nursing Must have current, active, and in good standing CNA certification free from finding of abuse or neglect, must submit application
Massachusetts YES Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry Program Submit Reciprocity Application and certification in good standing in Oregon (must not have been previously certified in Massachusetts)
Michigan YES Michigan Nurse Aide Registry Apply for reciprocity by creating an MILogin ( and requesting access to MI-NATES: Michigan Nurse Aide, Training, and Enforcement System, and set up user profile
Minnesota YES Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry Have good standing on nursing assistant registry in another state and have worked a minimum of 8 hrs as a nursing assistant in that state in the past 24 mo.
Mississippi YES Mississippi State Department of Health Must be in good standing in Oregon and apply for reciprocity with the Mississippi NNAAP® Registry or by calling 888-204-6213
Missouri YES Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Fill out reciprocity form, verifty CNA certification in Oregon, upload supporting documents
Montana YES Montana Department of Labor and Industry Board of Nursing
Board of Nursing
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT  59620-0513
Fill out an Interstate Endorcement Application through the states BOUNDS Portal, submit CNA credentials
Nebraska YES, with additional requirements Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Complete Interstate Endorsement form, take Nebraska's Abuse / Neglect / Misappropriation Training, provide Oregon certification information
Nevada YES, with additional requirements Nevada State Board of Nursing Complete an application at the Nevada Nurse Portal, read required documents, submit certification information, and submit fingerprints
New Hampshire YES New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification Board of Nursing Complete Universal Application for License by Endorsement and provide verification of authorization to practice and evidence of good standing
New Jersey YES, with additional requirements New Jersey Department of Health Apply for reciprocity by documenting current certificate, certifying good standing and a clean legal record, and meeting one of two Reciprocity Routes
New Mexico YES New Mexico Department of Health Certified Nurse Aide Registry New Mexico Department of Health Certified Nurse Aide Registry
New York YES New York State Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry Submit an application, provide a copy of current out-of-state nurse aide certificate, and pay appropriate fees
North Carolina YES N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, Health Care Personnel Education and Credentialing Section Complete a Training Waiver or a Reciprocity Application with the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry
North Dakota YES North Dakota Health & Human Services Individuals listed as a certified nurse aide in other states, have a current registry status, and no validated finding may be endorsed
onto the department's registry as a certified nurse aide
Ohio YES Ohio Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry Submit a Nurse Aide Registry Request for Reciprocity form, complete with information and signature from the transferring state, to the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry
Oklahoma YES Oklahoma State Department of Health Fill out a Digital Reciprocity Application on the Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry website
Oregon YES Oregon State Board of Nursing
17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.
Portland, OR  97224
Pennsylvania YES Pennsylvania Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry Submit a reciprocity application with the state Nurse Aide Registry
Rhode Island YES State of Rhode Island Department of Health Apply for a license as a nursing assistant "By Endorsement" and show either (1) evidence of 100 training hours or (2) evidence of 3 mo. employment as a nursing assistant
South Carolina YES South Carolina Bureau of Long Term Care and Behavioral Health Services Create a CNA365 account through Credentia for South Carolina and submit a reciproctiy application
South Dakota YES South Dakota Department of Health Complete Interstate Endorsement application and provide employment verifications; some CNAs may work up to 4 mo. during application processing
Tennessee YES Tennessee Department of Health Individuals currently listed as active CNAs with no derogatory or abuse information on another state’s registry can apply for reciprocity.  Tennessee accepts reciprocity from all States except Florida. 
Texas YES Texas Health and Human Services Nurse Aide Registry Fill out Form 5505-NAR, Request for Entry on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry Through Reciprocity; Recommended: Apply via Texas Unified License Information Portal (TULIP) online
Utah YES Utah Nursing Assistant Registry Submit Certification by Reciprocity form and copies of driver's license, social security card, and active nursing assistant credentials
Vermont YES, with additional requirements Vermont Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation Register online at the Office of Professional Regulation's Online Services Platorm; if employed for more than 3 years as a CNA, apply for Fast Track Endorsement
Virginia YES Virginia Department of Health Professions Board of Nursing Apply for a license as a Certified Nurse Aide and select "I have been certified in another state."
Washington YES Washington State Department of Health Submit online application, pay application fee, and submit Credential Verification form
West Virginia YES West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification Submit a Nurse Aide Application by Reciprocity form and provide training, CNA status in other states, and healthcare employment information 
Wisconsin YES, with additional requirements Wisconsin Department of Health Services  Fill out an Out-of-State application on the Wisconsin Headmaster website and provide acceptable proof of training or proof of qualifying employment
Wyoming YES Wyoming State Board of Nursing
130 Hobbs Ave, Suite B
Cheyenne, WY  82002
Submit Wyoming's CNA Verification Form to the Oregon State Board of Nursing, pay Wyoming's application fee, and submit form to Wyoming's Board of Nursing