CNA (Nurse Aide) Certification by Reciprocity

Getting a certification in Mississippi if you're already certified in another state
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Reciprocity is a process by which a certified nurse aide from another state may qualify for certification in the state of Mississippi by virtue of his or her status in that other state. An individual is only eligible for reciprocity if he or she has been entered on a nurse aide registry in a state other than Mississippi in accordance with the training and competency evaluation requirements of OBRA '87, as amended, and if the individual is currently listed on that state's nurse aide registry as ACTIVE and in good standing.

Applying for a reciprocal license

You must first apply for reciprocity in Mississippi. This can be done by requesting a Reciprocity Application Form from the Mississippi NNAAP® Registry.

  • Request reciprociy application: 888-204-6249


If an individual is denied reciprocity because certification has expired, a re-test must be taken in order to be added to the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry. If either part of the examination (written or clinical skills) is failed on the first try, the applicant will be required to complete a Mississippi-approved nurse aide training program before being allowed to re-test under Eligibility Route E1 as a new nurse aide. The Reciprocity fee is $26.00 and the fee for testing is $101.00.


For further information contact our licensure office at  601-364-1100

Last reviewed on Mar 19, 2024 request edits
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