License Minnesota

Nursing Home Administrator

Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA)

Agency contact information:

Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA), Minnesota Board of Examiners for
2829 University Ave. S.E., Suite 404
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(651) 201-2731
Health Regulation Division
Contact Info:


Minnesota board of Nursing Home Administrators

Nursing Home Administrators, Board of Examiners for

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The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) is a regulatory agency whose services include licensing, discipline and program approval, education relevant to the needs of the public and to the education and practice of nurses and disseminating information to nurses and the public.


Requirements For Initial Licensure

Obtain and complete an application for licensure either online or by paper. This opens your file with the board. Either at the time you submit your application or as you proceed through the licensure process you must show evidence that you have completed the following:

  1. Organizational management
  2. Managerial accounting
  3. Gerontology
  4. Health care and medical needs of long term care residents
  5. Nursing facility services
  6. Human resources
  7. Regulatory management
  8. Information uses

  • An approved practicum taken for academic credit through a college or university but performed at a nursing home under the direction of a licensed nursing home administrator

  • National (NAB) exam and  State exam covering Minnesota statutes and rules about nursing facility operation

Getting Started with a NHA License

Review the Applicant Handbook to answer any questions you have about application, exams, and the licensure process before application. The Applicant Handbook is a thorough and valuable reference guide for the first few years of licensure. 

All candidates must complete the Application with one of the following licensure tracks:

Review the Applicant Handbook.

  • Option A: New Graduate from Minnesota or NAB LNHA program with examinations
  • Option B: Applicant with experience/course waivers, with examinations (If you have previously submitted an Educational Review, please submit a paper application)
  • Option C: Endorsement: LNHA/Administrator of Record in two of previous five years
  • Option D: ACHCA Certification

Request Official Transcript (s) from the your college registrar's office showing minimum of BA/BS in addition to any LTC coursework

Submit a Current Resume

If currently or previously licensed in another state(s), contact each jurisdiction to have a License Verification sent to the Minnesota Board (Options B, C, D)

Licensing process

Upon receipt of your application to open a file with the board, BENHA staff will review your application and any accompanying documentation. They will assign you an identification number and will notify you of your ID number and of the date of your application receipt. Your application is valid for 18 months. You must reapply if you have not obtained licensure within that time. The staff will also let you know by e-mail or written document which of the requirements your documentation satisfies and which requirements you have left to complete. Each time critical information is received from you, from the school(s) where you’re completing courses, or from NAB about test scores, etc., board staff will provide you an “update” via email to let you know what the office shows to your credit and what you have left to finish. When you have met all the requirements and qualify to be fully licensed, BENHA will mail you an initial license application form to complete and return, along with the fee, to apply for your license as an administrator.

Applicants already licensed as nursing home administrators in one or more other states should review the Endorsement Requirements, rules for licensure, and course requirements outlined in the last pages of the Applicant Handbook.

More information:


Accredited Programs

Initial Licensure Requirements

Exams -  RC/AL   State and NAB Exam


The fees imposed in this part shall be paid by cash, personal check, bank draft, cashier's check, or money order made payable to the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. All fees are nonrefundable. The amount of fees may be set by the board with the approval of the Department of Management and Budget up to the limits provided in this part depending upon the total amount required to sustain board operations under Minn. Stat. § 16A.1285, subd. 2. Information about fees in effect at any time is available from the board office. The maximum amounts of fees are:

  • Fees Associated with Application
    Initial application for licensure,  $150

    A prospective applicant may have their education and experience reviewed in order to obtain waivers prior to submitting a full license application for $50. If an application is submitted within one year of the educational review, the $50 fee will be applied to the fee for application for licensure.

    Minnesota state examination, $75; the NAB exam fee is $375NAB Practice Exams range from $75 to $125.

    Although not required for licensure in Minnesota, the comprehensive Residential Care/Assisted Living (RC/AL) Exam can be applied for by qualified Minnesota candidates. A Minnesota licensure application is not required to take the RC/AL exam, the fee is $325.

    The fee for initial licensure varies based on the month the license is issued. Initial license if issued between July 1 and December 31 is $200, and $100 if issued between January 1 and June 30. 

  • Acting Administrator Permit
    A fee of  $250  is charged for  Acting Permit . State Exam fee is  $75 . If intentions are to become Acting Administrator for the facility where the Acting Permit is held, all requirements of an  application for licensure $150 , must be completed prior to the end date of the acting permit.

An acting administrator permit is limited to 6 months and cannot be renewed. Within 6 months from the termination of your previous licensed administrator, you must have another fully licensed administrator hired and working at your facility.

Renewal Fees

Miscellaneous Fees
A duplicate license may be obtained in the event the issued certificate is damaged or lost, or if a licensee becomes AOR of a second facility. The fee is  $10 . Please submit a written request, including the disposition of the current certificate and the ground for which a duplicate is required, along with a check or money order for the fee to the Board office.

The fee for review of continuing education seminars, institutes, workshops, or home study courses (includes CEUs submitted by licensees for approval at renewal where approval of content has not previously been obtained):

-for less than seven clock hours, $30; and for seven or more clock hours, $50;

-The fee to a licensee for verification of licensure status and examination scores to be transferred to another jurisdiction is $30. Individuals with an inactive Minnesota license must submit a written request to the Board office along with a personal or business check or money order for the fee.

The fee for registration as a registered continuing education sponsor is $1,000. Please contact the Board office for the registration form.

Period of Issuance:

Length of Determination Process:

Board meets four times a year; national exams are given by appointment; state exams are given every other month.

Other Pertinent Information:

See Minn. Stat. § 144A, .18-.29.