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 2017 are as follows:
- 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.
Important Notice to Applicants Regarding Exams
On December 5, 2016, a provision in Minnesota Rules 6400.6100 went into effect to include additional preparation after multiple exam attempts:
6400.6100 APPLYING FOR LICENSURE. Subp. 4. Examination attempts and score expiration.
A. If an applicant does not pass the NAB or state examination on the second attempt, the applicant must submit to the board a study plan and wait six months from the date of the examination attempt to sit for the examination a third time. If an applicant does not pass the NAB or state examination on the third attempt, the applicant must submit a revised study plan and wait one year from the date of the third examination attempt to sit for the examination a fourth time. The applicant may also be required to reapply in order to comply with subpart 3.
B. Examination scores expire two years after the date the examination was taken if the applicant has not become fully licensed within that two years.
Applicants are encouraged to complete the practice exams available and acquire and review study material listed on the NAB website. Links to flash cards used to prepare for the NAB exam can be found on the final page of the NAB AIT Program Manual. This document is also a useful tool to plan practicum with each individual preceptor.
Individuals preparing to take the State Exam are encouraged to review each text at least twice and become acquainted with the index in both books. The objective of the open book State exam is for the applicant to become familiar with the State Rules and Statutes and feel comfortable referencing the material from the provided texts.
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: 2016 Pages: 205 Binding: Soft cover,color of cover may vary
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