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Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program

On-Site CNA Testing Locations are currently available in the following cities:
Springdale, Bentonville, Fort Smith, Ozark, Harrison, Blytheville, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Batesville, Jonesboro, Monticello, Benton

*More locations coming soon!

For any inquiries on the Arkansas CNA Registry, please visit D&S Diversified Technologies-HEADMASTER

Corissa Cramer, Arkansas Program Manager
PO Box 6609
Helena, MT 59604
Testing Toll Free Phone: 888-401-0462
Registry Toll Free Phone: 888-401-0465
Fax: 406-442-3357
hdmaster@hdmaster.com

Veterans, Military Members and Spouses

The state of Arkansas recognizes the contributions of our military service members and their spouses and veterans. Military service members or veterans may have met some certification 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 certification 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 certification provisions that military service members, military veterans or military spouses may qualify for, please see Arkansas Act 135 (previously SB78) enacted in the 9rd General Assembly.

Military personnel and their spouses and veterans who are interested in the Certified Nursing Assistant occupation and would like additional information regarding requirements may email natpcertification@dhs.arkansas.gov.

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

Initial Licensing Fee Waiver For Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program

The Department does not require an initial fee for this occupational license; however, there is a fee to take the state examination. The amount of the examination fee will be announced in a timely manner by the Department or designated contractor.

If there were to be an initial fee, per Arkansas Code Ann §17-5-104, the following individuals are not required to pay an initial fee for this license:

  • An individual receiving assistance through the Arkansas Medicaid Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, or the Lifeline Assistance Program;
  • An individual who was approved for unemployment within the last twelve (12) months; or
  • An individual who has an income that does not exceed two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty income guidelines.

The waiver of the initial fee does not include fees for:

  • A criminal background check;
  • An examination or a test; or
  • A medical or drug test.

Initial Licensing Fee Waiver For Nursing Home Administrators

Per Arkansas Code Ann §17-5-104, the following individuals are not required to pay an initial fee for this license:

  • An individual receiving assistance through the Arkansas Medicaid Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, or the Lifeline Assistance Program;
  • An individual who was approved for unemployment within the last twelve (12) months; or
  • An individual who has an income that does not exceed two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty income guidelines.

The waiver of the initial fee does not include fees for:

  • A criminal background check;
  • An examination or a test; or
  • A medical or drug test.

Regulations

Forms

To submit forms or if you have questions concerning the NATP program or CNA related activities, please email at natpcertification@dhs.arkansas.gov.

DPSQA Address

700 Main Street Slot S-427
Little Rock, AR  72203-1437 

DPSQA Phone Number

501-682-2441

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