The state of Texas maintains a registry of all nurse aides who are certified to provide services in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities licensed by HHS. To contact the nurse aide registry, please call 512-438-2050.

All nurse aides and nurse aide candidates are required to register in the Credential Management system.

Nurse aides renewing their certification are required to complete 24 hours of in-service education every 2 years. For a list of approved programs, visit the NAR Approved In-Service Education Programs webpage.

Nurse aides may complete 12 of the required 24 hours of in-service education in a healthcare entity other than a facility licensed or certified by HHS, the Texas Department of State Health Services or the Texas Board of Nursing. (Effective Nov. 9, 2015)

To check the status of a nurse aide, please visit the Nurse Aide Testing Credential Management System.

Note: All Providers are Required to Redo Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) Searches Conducted from June 14, 2017, through August 3, 2017.

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The following are the definitions of the statuses used in the system:

  • Active — The nurse aide's registration is active. The nurse aide is currently employable as a nurse aide in a licensed nursing facility in the state of Texas.
  • Expired — The nurse aide's registration is expired. To renew registry status, the nurse aide must provide verification of qualifying employment. If the person is unable to verify employment, he or she will have to re-train and/or re-test. The nurse aide is currently not employable as a nurse aide in a licensed nursing facility in the state of Texas.
  • Revoked — The nurse aide's registration is revoked. Because substantiated findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property have been entered on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry, this individual is not employable as a nurse aide in a licensed nursing facility in the state of Texas.
  • Suspended — The nurse aide's registration is suspended. Because the nurse aide is listed as unemployable in the EMR, this individual is not employable in a HHS regulated facility or agency.

Providers can verify nurse aide employability using the Employability Status Check Search website. This website consolidates checks of the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) and other systems. Verifying a nurse aide's status through the Employability Status Check Search is the equivalent of using the NAR and is considered in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and state licensure laws.

Allegations of Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation

HHS also reviews and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property by nurse aides. If there's a finding of an alleged act of abuse, neglect or misappropriation, the nurse aide may request both an informal reconsideration and a formal hearing before the finding is placed on the registry.

Veterans, Military Members and Spouses

The state of Texas recognizes the contributions of our military service members and their spouses and veterans.

Military service members or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training, knowledge and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members also may have met some licensing requirements related to this status. Modifications to renewal requirements may also be available for some military service members on active duty.

For more information regarding special licensure provisions military service members, military veterans or military spouses may qualify for, please see Senate Bill 1307, 84th Regular Legislative Session, 2015[CEM1] .

Military personnel and their spouses and veterans who are interested in the nursing facility administrator occupation and would like additional information regarding requirements may email credential@dads.state.tx.us or call 512-438-2015.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the state of Texas.

About Regulatory Services

Professional Credentialing Enforcement

Nurse aide enforcement activities are conducted by the Professional Credentialing Enforcement unit and include:

  • Coordinating due process related to referrals of misconduct by a nurse aide that occur in nursing facilities
  • Entering findings of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property, as appropriate

Call 512-438-5495 for more information.

Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Branch

Nurse aide registration (certification) activities are conducted by the Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Branch and include:

  • Approving and monitoring nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs
  • Issuing and continuing  nurse aide registrations, including oversight of nurse aide testing development and administration