MA Nurse Aide
7941 Corporate Dr.
Nottingham MD 21236
Phone: 800.722.2594

Welcome! The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has contracted with Prometric Inc. (Prometric) to develop and administer its Nurse Aide Competency Exam and to manage the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Registry. DPH promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity in all people. The majority of nurse aides on the registry become certified by successfully completing a Massachusetts-approved nursing home nurse aide training program and passing the Competency Examination. The exam consists of two parts: 1) a Clinical Skills exam (practical portion); and 2) a Written (oral) exam.

Online applications now available!


Important – Since there is a high demand on popular test locations, we are actively working to open additional dates in the near future! This will help you find availability faster based on your preferred Regional Test Site.

Eager to test? Are you flexible to go to another location? If yes, please call 800-722-2594 and see what other locations are available and get your exam scheduled today!  

Prometric has been actively engaged in identifying and responding to the potential health risks COVID-19 poses to our test takers, staff, and other individuals. Our responses have taken into account numerous perspectives, including governmental policies and information provided by local/global health organizations.

Prometric will begin testing in Massachusetts in December 2021, where allowed by local jurisdictions and as supported by available testing sites and staff.  Once scheduling begins, if necessary we will reschedule any candidates displaced due to COVID-19 as soon as we can, and appreciate your patience as it may take some time to get all sites operational.

While much about testing will remain the same, Prometric is instituting new safety procedures for all Nurse Aide testing events in response to COVID-19, including special training for our staff, additional cleaning at testing sites, and a new mask requirement for all test takers.  Prometric guidelines require that a candidate must bring and wear a mask (without an exhalation valve) at all times and follow the instruction of the Nurse Aide Evaluator. You will be prohibited from testing if you don’t have a mask. Please be advised that testing sites may also have their own safety guidelines.  Site specific, local and state guidelines may also apply and must be followed.  Site entry restrictions may vary by site and include such things as proof of COVID-19 testing (IFT sites only), temperature checking, sign in logs, etc.  Candidates must also follow any site requests or restrictions to test with Prometric.

For the latest updates regarding COVID-19 in general and best practices for overall health and safety, please visit

For CNAs renewing October 21, 2021 or later, please submit your completed forms to:

ATTN: MA Nurse Aide Program
7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, MD 21236

Candidate Information Bulletin

The candidate information bulletin has all of the information you will need regarding certification routes, testing requirements, testing fees, and information on renewing your CNA certification. Review this document before submitting your application.

Application & Other Forms

Here’s the list of all approved Regional test site locations. Include your preferred test site on your application.

You can apply to take your exam online or via US mail. Paper applications should be used when paying with certified check or money order.

If your name or address has changed since the last time you tested with us, use this form to update your information.

If you need to Renew your Certificate, please use the below form and follow the instructions that are noted on the form. 

If you are currently certified as a nursing assistant in another state, please complete the below application and follow the instructions in order to be placed on the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry.

If you need to request a waiver of the training requirements, please complete the below application and follow the instructions.

Testing Accommodations

Prometric provides a variety of accommodations to candidates that qualify under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Submit this form with your application to receive accommodations on exam day.

Prepare for the Exam

Below you will find exam preparation materials for your Clinical Skills exam including the exact checklist that will be used by your evaluator.

Informational Webinars - November 2021

Did you miss the November 2021 Webinar?

CNA Verification

Use the link below to access the state CNA Registry and verify the status of a CNA.

CNA Registry