Nursing Assistant Registry (NAR)
Agency contact information:
Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of
625 Robert St. N.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 201-5000 | (888) 345-0823 (MN toll free)
Compliance Monitoring Division
Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry
P.O. Box 64501, St. Paul, MN 55164-0501 | (651) 215-8705 | (800) 397-6124
Contact Info: health.FPC-NAR@state.mn.us
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) operates programs for disease prevention and control, health promotion, family and community health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers and facilities.
Minn. Stats. 144A.61
Nursing Assistant Registry Forms
Complete the Nursing Assistant Registry Update Form if you are currently on the Registry and need to change or add information to your file, Nursing Assistant Registry Update Form.
Purpose of Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry
The Minnesota Department of Health maintains the Nursing Assistant Registry which lists the names of individuals who have completed an approved nursing assistant training and testing program or testing program and meet state and federal requirements to work in certified nursing homes and certified boarding care homes.
Before allowing an individual to work as a nursing assistant in certified nursing homes or certified boarding care homes, the facility must contact the Registry to verify that the nursing assistant has met competency evaluation requirements and maintained employment status. If a person is inactive, the Registry can be called to see if the person is eligible to have their status changed from inactive to active.
How to Get on the Nursing Assistant Registry
1. Successfully complete an approved nursing assistant training
and competency evaluation program in Minnesota.
2. Successfully pass the Minnesota approved competency test
for nursing assistants.
3. Currently be in good standing on the Nursing Assistant Registry
in another state and have worked a minimum of 8 hours as a
nursing assistant in that state in the past 24 months.
Who Can Work as a Nursing Assistant?
1. An individual not on the Registry can be hired as a nursing assistant if they are immediately enrolled in an approved nursing assistant training course at the time of hire, complete the course and competency test and get on the Minnesota Registry within 4 months. The facility must assure that the person is competent to provide cares to residents. Persons working for a temporary agency must be on the Registry before they are eligible to work in a nursing facility.
2. A person who has completed a training and competency evaluation program or competency evaluation program approved by Minnesota and is on the Registry.
3. A person who can prove completion of a nursing assistant training and competency evaluation program or competency evaluation program approved by Minnesota but is not yet on the Registry. Persons may provide the fax back score report which indicate the individual passed both parts of the test. It may take up to 4 weeks to get placed on the Registry. The facility cannot assume the nursing assistant will get on the Registry based on the fax back score report. The facility must verify placement on the Registry. Persons opting to challenge the test without having taken an approved nursing assistant training program MAY NOT WORK AS A NURSING ASSISTANT UNTIL THEY HAVE PASSED BOTH THE WRITTEN AND SKILLS PORTION OF THE TEST. They do not have 4 months to get on the Registry if they challenge the test without completing a nursing assistant training course.
Complete the Interstate Endorsement Forms to transfer certificate to the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry from another state. Read and follow the directions on the form(s) carefully. Incomplete forms will delay transfer to the Minnesota Registry and will be returned.
Interstate Endorsement Forms
May not work as a Nursing Assistant until placed on the Nursing Assistant Registry.
No processing fee.
Length of Determination Process:
Contact the Department.