Credentialing

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Regulatory Services Division, Licensing and Credentialing Section and Enforcement Section, manages:

  • Nursing facility administrator (NFA) licensing, investigation, and sanctions;
  • Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP);
  • Nurse aide certification, investigation, and sanctions;
  • Nurse Aide Registry (NAR);
  • Medication aide (MA) permitting, investigation, and sanctions; and
  • Employment Misconduct Registry (EMR) of unlicensed staff of DADS-regulated facilities and agencies found to have committed acts of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation, or misconduct.

The Licensing and Credentialing Section’s Nursing Facility Administrators (NFA) Licensing Branch:

  • Licenses NFAs, certifies nurse aides, and permits medication aides;
  • Manages the nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs (NATCEP); and
  • Maintains the NAR and medication aide database.

The Professional Credentialing Enforcement Unit of the Enforcement Section:

  • Conducts investigations of NFA complaints and referrals and sanctions violation of NFA requirements;
  • Makes findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation against nurse aides and enters on the NAR, and findings of misconduct to the MA database; and
  • Manages the EMR program.

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Updated: July 28, 2014