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What is Nurse Aide Credentialing (NAC)?

Credentia works on behalf of the Pearson VUE Nurse Aide Program to administer the
National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP™) examination in 16 states across the country.

Nurse aides interact with patients more than any other medical staff.

More than 1.5 million certified nurse aides (or nursing assistants) employed in health care facilities all over the U.S. are the people most often seen by and interacting with patients and care facility residents — more than any other staff position. As the primary caregivers for the chronically ill, elderly and disabled, certified nurse aides assist with activities of daily living. These necessary but not critical tasks demand proper education, careful training, and state-based certification.

Credentia supports a nationwide requirement for quality healthcare.

Each state is responsible for implementing the terms of the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 and 1989 to improve the quality of care in long-term health care facilities and to define training and education standards for nurse aides working in such facilities. Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world, developed the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP™) with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to comply with the standards set forth by OBRA.

Proper evaluation of knowledge and skills is the key to building a better workforce.

The NNAAP™ Examination consists of a written examination and a skills demonstration examination proctored by a Registered Nurse (RN) or "Nurse Aide Evaluator." The written exam is limited to a maximum of two hours and the skills demonstration exam is also timed and consists of observing the nurse aide candidate demonstrate five randomly selected skills from a predetermined test pool of skills.



This written exam and demonstration of skills performed before a qualified Nurse Aide Evaluator is a gateway through which all nurse aides must pass before earning certification and entering the workforce.