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Nurse Aide Training

Workshops and Updates


Date: Mar. 19 - 20, 2018
Where: University of KY College of Nursing Building, Lexington, KY
Contact: Olivia Rebella

Method of Instruction (M.O.I.) classes are offered by the following entities:

  • The Kentucky Community and Technical College System facility in Glasgow offers it on an as-needed basis statewide and it is taught by Jimmy Isenberg, PhD, RN.
    Contact Info: Email or (270) 901-1202
  • Kentucky Association of Health Care Facility in Louisville offers them twice a year.
    Contact Info: Email or (502) 425-5000
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Erlanger also offers the class 2-3 times a year.
    Contact Info: Email or (859) 633-1960

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Oct. 18, 2017 - . The new procedure utilizing fitted sheets will be placed into State Testing rotation on 2/1/18. Please begin teaching the "BED MAKING SKILLS" with fitted sheets to ensure your students are well prepared for this change in the State Test on February 1, 2018. ****The current procedure, as well as the new one, are in the study guide for BOTH impacted procedures. The complete list of changes are located in the back of this study guide.

This Study Guide will be posting this on the KCTCS website on October 17, 2017.

Dec. 22, 2016 - The Nurse Aide Training Testing Procedures Manual and Study Guide has been revised effective 12/5/16. The list of changes can be found on the following pages: Bottom of Page 44: (5) changes and (9) changes on Page 45, December 2,2016 (12/2/2016) and (1) change @ the bottom of Page 45: December 5, 2016 (12/5/16) Updated Page numbers in the Table of Contents.
These changes will go into testing rotation beginning: January 2017.

Feb. 17, 2016 - Please read the KY Nurse Aid Training Contract Language update for July 1, 2016.

Provider Letter #A-251 - Nurse Aide Training Program Revisions (June 22, 2015)

Important changes as of March 1, 2011 - Based on the majority of responses to the blood pressure survey, the requirement will be changed from within 6 mm to within 4 mm on the systolic and within 4 mm on the diastolic.

Study guides were changed and uploaded to the Web on March 1, 2011. Please be aware that any study guides ordered prior to March 1, 2011, will have the 6 mm requirement.

Please prepare your evaluators for this change. Also, test takers who started a course prior to March 1, 2012 will have a study guide that indicates the requirement is within 6 mm. During this transition, please be vigilant in communicating this change when scheduling individuals and facilities for testing.

Attention - The Department of Medicaid Services and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System recently have received calls from people who have taken home study courses to become a nurse aide and would like to take the state competency examination.

Please note that only students who have completed Kentucky's nurse aide training program are eligible to take the Kentucky state competency examination.

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What is a Nurse Aide

A nurse aide has successfully completed the nurse aide training and competency evaluation program and may be:

  • a nursing student
  • medication aide
  • employed through a nursing pool who provides nursing or nursing-related services to a resident in a nursing facility, excluding:
    • licensed health professionals
    • volunteers providing the nursing or nursing-related services without monetary compensation
    • hired by the resident or family to sit with the resident and who does not perform nursing or nursing-related services.

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Course Requirements and Training Info

Course Requirements

The basic course consist of a minimum of 75 hours with a minimum of 16 hours of supervised practical training. Supervised practical training means training in a laboratory or other setting in which the trainee demonstrates knowledge while performing task on an individual under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

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Training Information

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Final Examination and Competency Evaluation

KCTCS is responsible for the final written or oral examination and the skill demonstration aspect of the competency evaluation.

Final Examination

The written and skills demonstration final examinations are usually held at area technical schools, KCTCS or health occupation schools. For more information about the final examination, refer to the Testing Procedures Manual and Study Guide.

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Competency Evaluation

In order for the commonwealth to assure that only individuals eligible to work and who have successfully completed the CEP shall be listed on the nurse aide registry, test candidates will present to the competency evaluation proctor the following documents to verify employability in the USA:

  • Unexpired state or federal issued photo identification
  • A United States Social Security card that is not laminated
  • If the Social Security card has Not valid for employment without Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorization or a similar statement on it, an employment authorization document issued by the US Department of Homeland Security must be presented
  • All personal documents will identify the individual's same full name including middle initial and be the same on each personal document

Note: Individuals who have completed training in another state but have not taken that state's CEP and want to work in Kentucky must return to the state where they received training to be tested. Only students who have successfully completed the 75-hour Kentucky Medicaid nurse aide training program will be allowed to take Kentucky's CEP examination.

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The department, through an interagency agreement with the Kentucky Board of Nursing, is responsible for establishing and maintaining a registry of all nurse aides who have:

(a) Successfully completed a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program which meets the requirement of 42 CFR 483.152 or 483.154, or

(b) Been granted an exception pursuant to 42 C.F.R. 483.150(c).

(2) A finding of resident or patient neglect, abuse or misappropriation of resident or patient property by a nurse aide will be maintained on an abuse registry pursuant to 906 KAR 1:100.

Nurse Aide Registry Validation Information

For more information on the registry, contact the KY Board of Nursing at (502) 429-3300 or (888) 530-1919.

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How do I stay active?

A nursing facility will provide and document that at least 12 hours of ongoing staff development training is given annually to each nurse aide who:

  • Is employed by the facility; and
  • Has satisfactorily completed the nurse aide training and competency evaluation program.

Note: The nurse aide registry will renew a nurse aides' registration at least once every 24 months. Registration will be denied if the nurse aide has not worked eight hours for compensation for 24 consecutive months or longer.

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A nurse aide whose name is on another state's nurse aide registry may be granted reciprocity in Kentucky. The individual may be deemed competent for employment in a nursing facility based upon written verification from the agency that maintains the involved state's nurse aide registry. This verification will include the

  • aide's name
  • Social Security number or other identification number
  • the date the name was placed on the registry and
  • any documented findings pertaining to the individual

In addition an employment record shall be provided to the registry to verify that 24 months have not expired since they worked for pay as an aide. Reciprocity shall not be granted for anyone who has a validated complaint documented on a registry.

For more information on reciprocity, contact the Kentucky Nurse Aid Registry at 888-530-1919.

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Nurse Aide Training Web Resources
  KY Board of Nursing

KCTCS Nurse Aide Training Website

Regulations, Policy Information, Forms and Publications


Policy Information


Testing Procedures Manual and Study Guide (2018 edition)


For questions regarding?

Policy Information, contact:
Division of Policy and Operations
Benefit Policy Branch
275 East Main St.,
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-6890

Nurse Aide Registry Information, contact:
Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: (502) 429-3347
Toll free: (888) 530-1919
(502) 429-1247


Last Updated 1/31/2018