NNAAP Test Plan

The NNAAP test plan below serves as a guide for both exam development and candidate preparation, including the selection of content to be tested. Based on the test plan, each unique NNAAP exam reflects the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the prospective, entry-level nurse aide to meet the needs of clients requiring the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.

Current Test Plan

Effective Through September 30, 2024
2016 NNAAP Written or Oral Examination Content Outline

New Test Plan

Test Plan Development

Provisions to the NNAAP test plan are made based on studies of observed activities for newly-certified nurse aides. The activities identified in these studies are analyzed in relation to the following:

  • the importance of their performance
  • their impact on maintaining client safety
  • the settings where they were performed

These analyses guide the development of a framework for entry-level nurse aide performance that incorporates specific client needs, concepts and processes fundamental to the work performed by nurse aides.