MSC Southeast - Nursing Assistant/Registered Testing

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Nursing Assistant/Registered Testing

If you've completed the Nursing Assistant/Registered course, you will need to take a test to be placed on the national registry. This test is a written and practical (skills) examination. 

To remain on the registry, you must work at least 8 hours each year. If you have previously worked in the field, but allowed your registered status to lapse, you will need to re-take (challenge) the test to get back on the registry. The college will provide a free study guide to help you prepare. (To request a study guide, email

If you have taken the test but failed, and need to re-test, you can take the whole test or either the written or skills examination, as needed.

You must bring the following to testing:

  • Two forms of ID (both with signature and one with a picture).
  • Application for competency evaluation if you have trained at a facility/college (If you have not recently trained, you will take the test as a challenge)
  • Copy of your nursing assistant certificate if you have taken a training class

Check-in begins 1/2 hour before testing time and testing begins promptly on time.  No late shows will be admitted.
Students wanting to cancel their registration must do so 3 working days before the test date.
Students wanting to transfer to another section will be charged an additional $20 transfer fee.

Download a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions about how to register for Nursing Assistant/Registered Testing.


Full test: $175
Skills re-test: $115
Written re-test: $87


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