Minnesota requires all applicants for licensure to pass a 1 hour 20 minute, 34-item, multiple choice open book exam testing candidate ability to research and interpret Minnesota Statutes and Rules pertaining to operation of a Minnesota nursing home. Information on ordering the Rules and Statutes books to study for the state examination is found below. Examinees will use the board provided statutes and rules books with index for the examination. You must have an active application for Minnesota licensure on file with the board to be eligible to take the state exam. A state exam application will be sent when your license application is received. See our Fees page under Statutes and Rules tab at top of page.
Scheduled State Exams occur on the 2nd Thursday every two months at 10:00 a.m.* The dates for 2016 and 2017 are as follows:
- September 15, 2016* - Third Thursday
- November 3, 2016* - First Thursday
- January 12, 2017
- March 9, 2017
- May 11, 2017
- July 13, 2017
- September 14, 2017
- November 9, 2017
A current Application for Licensure, Exam Application, and all applicable fees must be received in the office be registered for the exam.
What is the test like?
The open book exam has 34 questions, 24 of which apply for a final passing score of 18. The board attempts to validate ten additional questions to measure their statistical validity. Those questions do not apply for your final score. The examinee must complete the examination in one hour and twenty minutes.
The examination will be corrected immediately following the exam and results are available if the candidate wishes to wait for those results.
What is the best way to study?
Read through both books at least twice and acquaint yourself with the chapters and index.
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You may order State Exam study materials online at Minnesota's Bookstore.
Select Laws and Rules in the left column and scroll down to select and place the two books detailed below in your shopping cart.
NURSING HOME RULES
Department of Health. MN Rules Chapters 4605, 4620, 4658, and 6800. Includes rules governing communicable diseases, health care facility regulations, licensing, administration and operation, resident rights, and more.
Stock Number:152 Price: 13.95 Publisher: Minnesota's Bookstore Year: 2011 Pages: 134 Binding: Soft cover, color of cover may vary
NURSING HOME, BOARDING CARE and HOME CARE STATUTES
Department of Health. MN Statutes Chapters 144.05-.703, 144A.01-.611, 144D.01-.07, 145B.01-.17, 145C.01-.16, and 626.52-.5573. Topics addressed include: the Clean Indoor Air Act, hospitalization, nursing home admission contracts, subacute care waivers, patient bill of rights and health care cost information.
Stock Number:108 Price:20.95 Publisher: Minnesota's Bookstore Year: 2013 Pages: 248 Binding: Soft cover,color of cover may vary