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How Do I Renew My Expired CNA in Mississippi?

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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), otherwise known as Nurse Aides in Mississippi, must work at least eight hours during the previous two years in a health care setting to renew a CNA license. Unfortunately for some, life gets in the way and a CNA can't renew her license on time. The Mississippi State Department of Health, however, allows CNAs to renew their expired license quickly and cheaply.

Find a testing center for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam. Pearson Vue, a standardized testing company, administers all of Mississippi's CNA exams. Testing locations and codes are available on their website (asisvcs.com).

Print out and complete the NNAAP exam application, available on the Pearson Vue website. CNAs whose license have expired must check the E5 box labeled "Lapsed Nurse Aide" and supply their lapsed Mississippi license number and desired testing location.

Mail the completed NNAAP application and the application fee to:
NACES Plus Foundation, Inc. 7600 Burnet Road, Suite 440 Austin, Texas 78757

A yellow card confirming your Mississippi CNA testing appointment should arrive within ten business days.

Study for the NNAAP exam with the free online practice test available on Pearson Vue's website. The Mississippi CNA portion requires knowledge of hygiene, basic nursing care and a nurse aide's ethical and legal obligations.

Pass the written and skills portion of the NNAAP exam. Results of the exam are available online 24 hours after the test is taken. CNAs who pass the exam are added to the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry and are reissued their license.

Warning

If a CNA with an expired license doesn't pass the NNAAP exam, he must complete nurse aide training program approved by the state of Mississippi before the test may be retaken.

About the Author

Theresa Bruno began her writing career as a librarian in 2008. She published an article in "Indiana Libraries" and has written many book reviews for "American Reference Book Annual" and "Reference and User Services Quarterly." Before becoming a writer, Bruno received a bachelor's degree in history/religious studies from Butler University and taught American history at Ivy Tech Community College.

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