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Moving to Philadelphia - How to Transfer Your CNA to Pennsylvania

Certified Nursing Assistants are highly needed throughout the State of Pennsylvania. To be included in the state CNA registry and to eligible to work in Philadelphia, individuals must follow the regulations set by Pennsylvania Department of Health.

If you are a CNA who is currently listed on another state's nurse aide registry and are planning to move to Philadelphia, you will need to apply for Enrollment by Reciprocity.  In order to do this your certification must be active and in good standing, according to Federal nursing home nurse aide statutes in your home state.  Next, you will need to seek enrollment onto the Commonwealth of PA Nurse Aide Registry, by contacting them at

Department of Health via Pearson VUE,
PO Box 13785,
Philadelphia, PA 19101-3785

The Following steps are required before you will be able to work in Philadelphia

Step 1 – You will need to download the Nursing Assistant Registry Application for Enrollment by Reciprocity through the following link:

Step 2 – Complete the application in its entirety mentioned in Part – I of the application and then forward the application to the state registry where your name is presently listed. You can find your current state CNA registry at

Step 3 – Once the state (where you currently hold the licensure) completes Part – II of the application, the form will need to be returned to:

Pearson VUE – Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry
PO Box 13785
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101-3785

It a great idea to get all of the information gathered up and the process started before you move as it make take a few weeks to get completed.  In addition to the application fee, you may need to supply the following verification information to the Pennsylvania state’s registry:

  • social security number
  • driver’s license
  • present C.N.A state approval
  • recent employment records
  • Proof of education
  • background check

There are several work opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants in Philadelphia.  Nursing facilities, adult day care and hospitals are just a just places that are currently hiring. You may want to check out open positions in job boards and start applying so that you will have interviews set up once you get moved.  This will give you more time to determine the best place of employment for you.

In a time where stable employment may be hard to come by, there is comfort in knowing that the need for qualified and competent CNAs in Philadelphia is unwavering.