Nurse Aide Registry

The state of Texas maintains a registry of all nurse aides who are certified to provide services in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). To contact the nurse aide registry, please call 512-438-2050.

Nurse aide registration (certification) activities are conducted by the Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Branch and include:

  • approval and monitoring of nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs (NATCEPs); and
  • issuance and continuance of nurse aide registrations, including oversight of nurse aide testing development and administration.

Nurse aides renewing their certification are required to complete 24 hours of in-service education every two years. For a list of approved programs, see the tab to the left titled “Approved In-Service Education Programs”.

DADS also reviews and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property by nurse aides. If there's a finding of an alleged act of abuse, neglect or misappropriation, the nurse aide may request both an informal reconsideration and a formal hearing before the finding is placed on the registry.

DADS Nurse Aide Registry, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct Registry Phone Line
The DADS toll-free telephone number providers previously used to check the Nurse Aide Registry, Medication Aide and the Employee Misconduct Registry is no longer in use. All providers and other customers are now directed to the website below to access the Nurse Aide Registry and Employee Misconduct Registry.

All DADS-regulated facilities and agencies are required to check both the Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry before hiring an individual to determine if the person is listed in either registry as having committed an act of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation or misconduct against a resident or consumer and is, therefore, unemployable. Currently, there is one method available to perform these required searches:

Nurse aide enforcement activities are conducted by the Professional Credentialing Enforcement unit (512-438-5495) and include:

  • coordinating due process related to referrals of misconduct by a nurse aide that occur in nursing facilities; and
  • entering findings of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property, as appropriate.

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our military service members, their spouses, and veterans.

Military service members or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training, knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. Modifications to renewal requirements may also be available for some military service members on active duty.

For more information regarding special licensure provisions military service members, military veterans, or military spouses may qualify for, please see Senate Bill 1307, 84th Regular Legislative Session, 2015, which you may view online at:

Military personnel, their spouses, and veterans who are interested in the nurse aide occupation and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the "Contact Us" link above or at 512.438.2050.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.

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Updated: August 31, 2015