Nurse Aide Testing for CNA License
Our facility is a Red Cross approved test site, as well as a DPH approved school.
If you've completed an approved DPH Nurse Assistant Training program in Massachusetts (or meet one of the requirements described below) and have either not tested before, or you have not passed the state test to become a Certified Nurse Assistant, you may take the state knowledge clinical exam at our facility. The cost of the test at our location is $130, and the cost for a two-hour refresher program is $200. The total for both testing and the refresher program is $330.
For more information on registering for the review class or the state exam contact Sheila at (781)222-5500 or at
***Please contact us directly to make arrangements for test and for payment***
ELIGIBILITY AND DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS to take the test at our location and to become a licensed nurse assistant.
1. You are eligible to take the nurse aide tests by completing a state-approved training program. Health and Home Care Training Center of MA, LLC is a DPH state approved program.
Certain employment and training experience will substitute for training.
A. MDPH-Approved Training Program Documentation:
• Certificate of Completion with valid approval number printed on it. Check with the training instructor to make sure the number is accurate, OR
• Letter from training program, on letterhead, confirming that you have passed the course. The letter must be signed and include a valid approval number, the candidate’s name, and the date he or she passed the course.
B. Seventy-five (75) hours of Accredited Nursing School Clinical Training:
An accredited nursing school is any nursing school whose degree qualifies a graduate to take the nursing boards in Massachusetts. Documentation:
• A signed letter from the nursing school confirming that you successfully completed 75 hours of clinical training, including the course name and dates, OR
• A transcript documenting an appropriate course title. If the course title does not indicate clinical training, please attach the course description. The number of hours of clinical experience must be included in the description.
C. Nursing Home Work Experience as of December 19, 1989:
If you were employed by a nursing home in Massachusetts on December 19, 1989 and had worked at that home as a nurse aide for at least two years, you can take the nurse aide tests without further training. Documentation:
• You must submit a signed letter from a nursing facility that documents your employment for twenty-four (24) consecutive months, as of December 19, 1989.
In the following cases, you must obtain documentation approved by MDPH BEFORE submitting your application for testing.
D. 100-Hour Training Program completed before July 1, 1989:
If you passed a 100-hour nurse aide training course before July 1, 1989, you do not need further training in order to take the nurse aide tests. Submit it to the MDPH BEFORE submitting the application form for testing. MDPH will inform you of its decision within seven (7) working days. If approved, MDPH will return the Testing Eligibility Application to you. Submit it with the Nurse Aide Testing Application.
E. Health Care Aide Training Combined with Work Experience:
If you have completed a health care aide training program in the past five (5) years, and have worked as a health care aide for more than two years since passing the course, you may request permission to test without further training. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Approval will be based on how similar the training program was to nurse aide courses, and how similar the work experience was to nurse aide experience.
• Request a Testing Eligibility Application from the MDPH. Submit it to the MDPH BEFORE submitting the application form for testing. MDPH will inform you of its decision within seven (7) working days. If approved, MDPH will return the Testing Eligibility Application to you.
Submit it with the Nurse Aide Testing Application.
• Request a Testing Eligibility Application from the MDPH or the American Red Cross Testing Office. Recent graduates of nurse aide training programs have the greatest chance of success for passing the nurse aide tests.