Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) reviews and approves
or disapproves nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs (NATCEPs)
and nurse aide competency evaluation programs (CEPs).
Any person or entity that wants to offer a NATCEP must receive approval from
Each NATCEP must provide a minimum of 75 clock hours of training, including:
- 51 clock hours of classroom training that doesn't involve direct resident
- 24 clock hours of hands-on resident care in a nursing facility.
Effective Sept. 1, 2013, the minimum number of hours a NATCEP must teach will increase to 100 hours, including 60 clock hours of classroom training and 40 clock hours of hands-on resident care in a nursing facility.
Each NATCEP must teach the DADS-established curriculum, including:
- At least 16 introductory hours of training in the following areas before direct
- communication and interpersonal skills;
- infection control;
- safety and emergency procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver;
- promoting residents' independence; and
- respecting residents' rights.
- Personal care skills.
- Basic nursing skills.
- Mental health and social service needs.
- Care of cognitively impaired residents.
- Basic restorative services.
- Residents' rights.
A facility may not provide NATCEP training if, within the previous two years,
- Operated under a waiver under 42 United States Code (USC), relating to the
services of a registered nurse
- Has been subject to an extended (or partial extended) survey under 42 USC
- Has been assessed a civil money penalty of not less than $5,000
- Has been subject to denial of payment or appointment of temporary management
NATCEPs are required to check both the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) and the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) and to conduct a criminal history background check for all applicants. Applicants found to be listed on the EMR, or who are listed on the NAR in "revoked"
status, or who have a criminal history that would bar employment in a DADS-licensed facility or agency are prohibited from enrolling in a nurse aide training program.
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April 17, 2013