Nurse Aide Training Program

  • All Nurse Aide Training Programs must be approved and obtain a permit by the State of Michigan. To become a Nurse Aide Training Program, the prospective program must follow the State of Michigan Nurse Aide Training Curriculum Model and complete the State of Michigan Nurse Aide Training Program application.

    Nurse Aide Training Program Application

    State of Michigan Nurse Aide Training Curriculum Model (PDF)

    In a facility applying for a nurse aide training program, the State of Michigan will not approve a program until it has been two years since the assessment of penalties (locked out) under 42 CFR 483.151 (b) (3). Do not apply for a nurse aide training program if you are a facility that does not qualify based on the conditions outlined under the Federal Code.

    A facility may request that CMS waive the disapproval (removal of a nurse aide training program) when the facility has been assessed a civil monetary penalty of not less than $10,483, if the civil monetary penalty was not related to the quality of care furnished to residents in the facility.

    As of February 19, 2018, all new Nurse Aide Training Programs will be required to pay a fee as part of their application. This fee is written into state law, Part 219 of the Michigan Public Health Code, Sections 333.21919. We are in the process of establishing the process for payment

Nurse Aide Training Program Renewals

  • Each Nurse Aide Training Program also now must submit a renewal form (Nurse Aide Training Program application) 30 days prior to the expiration date of the program permit. A program permit is good for two years before it must be renewed. There is only one form for training programs, which is used for new programs, program changes and renewals.

    Any program that no longer wishes to offer training should contact the Bureau at and inform them of their closure in writing.

    As of February 19, 2018, all Nurse Aide Training Programs will be required to pay the fees listed in Part 291 of the Michigan Public Health Code, Sections 333.21919, as part of renewing their permit. This permit is good for two years. At some point between when your permit is renewed and before it is set to expire, an on-site inspection will be conducted for compliance with Federal and State law as well as administrative rules.

Nurse Aide Training Program Changes

  • To make changes to a nurse aide training program or nurse aide trainer certification, you must complete and submit the respective application indicating the changes.


    • In order for an individual to be a certified nurse aide trainer and teach in a nurse aide training program in the State of Michigan, the individual must complete the Nurse Aide Trainer Application and their application must be approved by the state. Please refer to 42 CFR 483. 152 (a) (5) (i) when considering filling out the application. You must have two years of nursing experience as a registered nurse, one of which must be in the provision of long term care facility services (federally certified CMS facility-state licensed long term care facility). If you do not meet this criteria, your application will not be approved.

    • There are only two types of instructors, a Nurse Aide Trainer or a Supplemental instructor, mentioned in 42 CFR 483.152. A Nurse Aide Trainer is a Registered nurse, who possesses a minimum of 2 years of nursing experience, at least 1 of which must be in the provision of long term care facility services, i.e., a participating CMS facility. They also must have completed a course in teaching adults or have experience in teaching adults or supervising nurse aides. Any individual, training nurse aide candidates, must be a Nurse Aide Trainer or a Supplemental Instructor. The Nurse Aide Trainer must be on site, present, and overseeing the training 100% of the time in the classroom, lab or clinical site. The overall training of nurse aide candidates may not be delegated to someone else, nor can the overall training (classroom or clinical) be delegated solely to a supplemental instructor. A Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse (Supplemental Instructor), that is not a Nurse Aide Trainer approved by the State, may supplement the primary Nurse Aide Trainer (certified) in the lab for skills check off as well as clinical skills checks taught by the Nurse Aide Trainer. These Supplemental Instructors can be made up of licensed health professionals or other specialists and they must have at least 1 year of experience in their field. These supplemental instructors are not to be doing the overall training of nurse aides, but can supplement the instructor regarding their field of experience.


  • Please refer to 42 USC 1395i-3 (f) (2) (C) when considering requesting a waiver of the 2-year "lock-out" prohibition. The waiver is for a nurse aide training program offered in, not by the facility. The facility is allowed to choose a non-facility affiliated contractor to train the facilities nurse aide candidates. A nursing home may request a waiver of the 2-year Nurse Aide Training Prohibition by submitting the following information via

    • Identify the nursing home name, address and federal CCN (23-XXXX).
    • Specify the reason the waiver is being requested and the time period for which it is requested.
    • Provide whether the nursing home is currently in substantial compliance with federal certification requirements or whether there is an approved Plan of Correction for any outstanding deficiencies. Please state in the e-mail "Substantial compliance has occurred in the most recent federal survey, xx/xx/xxxx" if applicable. You must provide a letter from the Bureau of Community and Health Systems showing you are in substantial compliance or an approved plan of correction.

    A request will be reviewed if all of the above information is included. A request may be granted if the following conditions have been met. There must be no other nurse aide training program located within a reasonable distance of your facility (greater than 5 miles).

    • Please use the Regional Training Programs listed below to identify nearby active programs.

    The last condition is that the Bureau establishes that an adequate environment exists for operating the program in the facility, which can only be done by being in substantial compliance or having an approved Plan of Correction for any outstanding deficiency.

    • Also, your program must notify the State long-term care ombudsman of your waiver request.

    Within 90 days of receiving the waiver request, the Bureau will either approve or disapprove the waiver, in which case a letter will be sent, or request additional information from the requesting entity.

Contact Information

  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Bureau of Community & Health Systems
    611 W. Ottawa Street
    PO Box 30664
    Lansing, MI 48909

    Phone: 517-896-0511
    FAX: 517-241-3354