Mississippi Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aide Guide

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant - Aide Practice Exam Is a License or Certification needed:  To get licensed and work as a nursing assistant or nurse aide in Mississippi, you need to complete a nursing assistant program and pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam.
Who Grants Certification: The Mississippi Department of Health grants certification to Mississippi nursing assistants and nurse aides.

The Qualifications to become Certified:

 In order to qualify to receive a nurse aide license in Mississippi, one need only to attend and successfully complete a state approved training course. Contact the Facilities Licensure Division for more information. Your training site can be found by requesting the current list of MSDH-approved nurse aide courses.

How to Apply for Certification and to take the Exam:

You use the one form to apply for state certification and to take the exam.  Mail it in along with your your certificate of training completion and exam fees to:

NACES Plus Foundation, Inc
8501 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78759
Test Content

The NNAAP test has two parts, a Skills Evaluation and a Written (or oral) part.  Both parts must be passed to be listed on the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry. The written section is 70 questions in length, 60 are multiple choice and 10 are reading comprehension questions. Take two pencils with you. You will have two full hours to complete the exam. (The oral exam if given in place of the written exam is 160 questions in length.) The Skills Evaluation will be a 25 minute time period given to complete 5 randomly selected nurse aide skills. Content topics include:
  • Activities of Daily Living – Hygiene, Dressing and Grooming, Nutrition and Hydration, Elimination, Rest/Comfort/Sleep
  • Basic Nursing Skills - Infection Control, Safety/Emergency, Therapeutic/Technical Procedures, Data Collection and Reporting
  • Restorative Skills – Prevention, Self-care/Independence
  • Psychosocial Care Skills – Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  • Spiritual and Cultural Needs
  • Communication
  • Client Rights
  • Legal and Ethical Behavior
  • Member of the Health Care Team
See the Candidate Handbook for more details.

Certification Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements:

In order to renew your Certified Nurse Aide license in the state of Mississippi, you will need to complete and mail this form  and a renewal fee to:
Pearson VUE/MSNA Registry
PO Box 822749
Philadelphia, PA 19182-2749.
Continuing education requirements include working at least 8 hours within the two years that your certification is current. No other CEU’s are necessary.


MS Nurse Aide Registry 
MS State Department of Health 
Bureau of Health Facilities
Licensure & Certification 
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS  39215
143B LeFleur's Square
Jackson, MS 39211

Phone: 601-364-1100
Fax: 601-364-5052

Registry Managed by Pearson VUE 
PO Box 13785 
Philadelphia, PA 19101-3785 
Phone: 888-204-6213


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National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Exam Content Outline Review

I. Physical Care Skills

A. Daily Living Activities:

  • Hygiene
  • Dressing and Grooming
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Elimination
  • Rest/Sleep/Comfort

B. Skills of Basic Nursing:

  • Infection Control
  • Safety/Emergency
  • Therapeutic/Technical Procedures
  • Data Collection and Reporting   

C. Restorative Skills:

  • Prevention
  • Self Care/Independence

II. Psychosocial Care Skills

A. Emotional and Mental Health Needs

B. Spiritual and Cultural Needs

III. Nurse Aide Roles

A. Communication

B. Client Rights

C. Legal and Ethical Behavior

D. Member of the Health Care Team