Arizona Patient Care Technician

In Arizona, Patient Care Technicians are required to be listed on the Arizona Nurse Aide Registry. Certain basic criteria must be met first before applying.

Basic requirements for becoming a Nurse Aide in Arizona:

To become a Nurse Aide, one must do the following:

  • Completing Nurse Aide training and passing both written and skills exams

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Strong desire to help people
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Good physical conditioning

You must also obtain national certification as a Patient Care Technician. We highly recommend seeking certification through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Eligibility requirements to take an NHA certification exam:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have completed a training program or have one year work experience in the field
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Note: The current fee for taking the exam is $149. Check with your PCT training program to see if this is included in your tuition and fees.


Your Patient Care Technician program should fulfill the state’s education requirements to become a Nurse Aide and allow you to sit for the exam. We strongly recommend you confirm this with both your school/program’s administration as well as with the state registry.

Testing Requirements:
•Completion of an accredited Arizona CNA training program.
•Federal and state law requires Nurse’s Aide graduates to show proof of citizenship or nationality prior to becoming licensed in the state of Arizona.
•Required to submit a full set of fingerprints.

Arizona Medication Assistant Testing and Certification


Contact Information:

Arizona State Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Registration Program
4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, Arizona 85014
Phone: (602) 771-7800

Department of Health Services (Division of Licensure)
150 North 18th Avenue, 4th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007
AZ Nurse Aide Registry
AZ State Board of Nursing
Nurse Aide Registration Program
4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, Arizona 85014-3653
Phone: 602-771-7800
Fax: 602-771-7888