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
Compliance Monitoring Division

Website:

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.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 144A

Rules:

MINNESOTA RULES 6400.5000 - 6400.6970

Forms:

Application for Minnesota Licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator

Requirements:

Requirements For Initial Licensure

Bachelor's Degree
Minnesota requires a bachelor's degree for licensure whether you apply for initial license in Minnesota or already have a license in another state and may have practiced for many years. The only exception is for persons who hold current certification as a nursing home administrator from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Academic Course Requirements
Minnesota requires applicants for initial licensure, and those who are licensed in other states but do not meet the experience or certification requirements (see Application for Minnesota Licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator), to complete accredited post-secondary academic courses in the following subjects:

- Organizational management
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Managerial accounting
- Gerontology
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Health care and Medical needs
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Nursing facility services
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Human resources
- Information uses
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Regulatory management

For a more complete description of the academic course requirements and of the evidence required to prove that courses you may already have taken satisfy the requirements or that experience you have meets requirements to decrease the duration of the practicum requirement see Minn. Rules 6400.6500, 6400.6570, 6400.6600 and 6400.6650.

For information about post-secondary academic institutions in Minnesota and Wisconsin that offer courses to meet the board's requirements for licensure, see BENHA Accredited College Programs.


400 Hour Practicum
The practicum experience must be completed for academic credit at an accredited post-secondary institution. A reduction or waiver of the 400 hour requirement can be obtained by providing evidence of documented health care experience. The practicum must be coordinated through a faculty member providing a signed learning agreement coordinated with the preceptor and student. Specific requirements are found in Minn. Rules 6400.6600.

Minnesota State Rules Exam
Minnesota requires all applicants 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. Additional information on the state examination is found at link at left. Applicant must have an active application on file with the board to be eligible to take the state exam.


NAB Exam
Minnesota , like all 50 states and DC, requires its licensees to successfully complete the examination developed by the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) - the NAB exam. It is a 150 item multiple choice test covering Domains of Practice in the areas of:

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resident care and quality of life
- human resources
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finance
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physical environment and atmosphere
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leadership and management


Requirements If Already Licensed In Another State Bachelor's Degree  

Bachelor's Degree 
Minnesota requires a bachelor's degree for licensure whether you apply for initial license in Minnesota or already have a license in another state and may have practiced for many years. The only exception is for persons who hold current certification as a nursing home administrator from the American College of Health Care Administrators.


Experience As An Administrator In Another State for 2 of Last 5 Years
Minnesota will waive its requirement for completion of academic courses in 9 specified areas for persons who hold licenses in other states who can show that they have actively and effectively practiced as an administrator in one or more nursing facilities within a single jurisdiction (state) for two continuous years within the immediate past five years. To show that their experience has been "effective," applicants for experience credit must submit copies of the two most recent regulatory surveys of nursing facilities they have administered. 

ACHCA Certification as a Nursing Home Administrator
A person who holds a current NHA license in another state and holds current certification as a NHA from the American College of Health Care Administrators may also have the course requirements waived. Information about eligibility requirements to obtain certification can be found on the ACHCA website. 

Persons licensed in other states who do not meet the above requirements should review the Initial Licensure Requirements

NAB Exam
Minnesota will accept passing NAB scores from any other state and from an administration of the exam at any time, provided that the applicant has remained continuously licensed as an administrator since completing the exam. Minnesota will also accept PES exam scores under the same conditions. If an applicant has had a lapse of licensure (in any/all states combined) for 2 years or more since being initially licensed, the applicant will be required to retake the NAB exam. 


Minnesota State Exam
Minnesota requires all applicants to pass the state rules exam. This is a 34 item, multiple choice, open book exam testing the candidate's ability to read and interpret Minnesota Statutes and Rules pertaining to operation of a nursing home in Minnesota. The exam is offered at the Board Office in Minneapolis. See Exam Information for upcoming test dates.


The Statutes and Rules books may be obtained at Minnesota's Bookstore. Review Exam Information for detailed ordering information.

An application for the state exam will be sent after your licensure application has been received in our office.


Good Standing

Minnesota must receive information from every state in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed as an administrator showing when and how long the applicant was licensed in that state and whether any disciplinary action was ever taken against the applicant's license.

Applicants who meet these requirements are encouraged to complete and submit an application for licensure.

FYI: The NAB exam fee is paid online to NAB/PES, not to the state licensing board. 


Also review this information: 

Licensees     Applicants     License Renewals for Minnesota's LNHAs   

Continuing Education    Forms & FAQs

Fee:

Application fee - $150

NAB exam fee

Prospective applicant for a review of education and experience advisory to the license application - $50, to be applied to the fee for application for licensure if the latter is submitted within one year of the request for review of education and experience.

State examination fee - $75

Initial license fee - $200

Annual renewal fee - $200, if issued between July 1 and December 31, $100 if issued between January 1 and June 30.


Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

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.