Nurse Aide Reactivation

If you are an individual who has let their placement on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry lapse or become inactive and you want to return to a nurse aide position, Clarkson College Professional Development offers the ability to complete the required Nebraska Written and Skills Competency Examinations.

Individuals may register for each examination to be completed on the same day, or at different sessions. Upon successful completion of the examination(s) the information is provided to the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry for reinstatement.

Any questions about reactivation from lapsed to active status or eligibility for retesting should be directed to the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry at 402.471.4971.

Clarkson College Nurse Aide (CNA) Competency Examination Program is approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and meets all requirements set forth by the State of Nebraska.

Examination Requirements

Candidates must have been previously on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry (completed an approved 75+ hour course)

Examination Length

The Nurse Aide Written Examination is provided during a one hour time period.

The Nurse Aide Skills Competency Examination is an individualized one hour session.


Daytime, evening and Saturday sessions are available.

Examination Study Materials

A Clinical Skills Competency Examination Review Guide is provided at the time of registration.

Do you feel you might need additional assistance in practicing your skills and preparing for the Clinical Skills Competency examination? View the Skills Review session information


$30 payable by cash, money order or credit card (VISA, MC, Discover) at time of registration.

  • Each examination is a separate $30.00 fee

Clinical Competency Examination Procedures

Clinical Competency examinations are designed to validate that an individual understands and can safely and accurately perform the skills required to function as a nurse aide.

At the time of the clinical skills competency examination, candidates will be given 5 minutes to review the skill group they have randomly chosen. When demonstrating a skill, candidates must perform 70% of that skills’ steps accurately and 100% of the critical steps in order to pass the skill. These steps add up in points for each skill. Candidates must pass every skill in the group chosen to pass the Clinical Skills Competency Examination. Candidates may not ask questions of the tester, and the tester may not provide assistance with the skills.

Skill steps may have changed or been added since the last time a candidate has performed nurse aide tasks. It is the candidate’s responsibility to study, practice and understand the skill steps as they are currently required. A Clinical Skills Competency Review Guide is provided at the time of registration.


All examination sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Douglas Streets in Omaha, Neb.

Cancellation Policy & Refund Information

Registration fee is non-refundable. Refunds are not provided if a candidate cancels, does not show, is unable to complete or fails the examination.

Third Party Payments

Students receiving aid from a third party source (i.e. Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.) are responsible for all fees if payment is not made by the third party for whatever reason.

Professional Development Office

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Professional Development Office
101 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2739
PH 402.552.3396 or 402.552.6148 TF 800.647.5500

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