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 & 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 & 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 2015 are as follows:
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.
You may order State Exam study materials online:
Select Laws & 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
A current licensure and exam application must be on file with the office to be eligible to sit for the exam. Applications sent by fax or email will not be accepted.
Review the Applicant Handbook
This is NOT the NAB NHA exam , which is required to become a licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota.
HOW DO I APPLY?
You must be a Minnesota resident in order to have your application for the RC/AL Exam be approved by the Minnesota Board.
Register online using the link at left.
a. Complete the Examination Application and pay the fee by credit card.
b. Once approval is granted by the Minnesota board, authorization is officially emailed
to you by PES. PES provides an authorization number and directions to contact a
Prometric-Sylvan Learning Center to schedule your exam.
STUDY GUIDE LINK TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOARDS.
The National Association of Boards (NAB) provides a Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrators Licensing Examination Handbook available free of charge and various study guides can be purchased. The handbook and study guide are available under Exams using the web site link at left.
Historical Context of Residential Care/Assisted Living Exam AgreementIn 2001, BENHA reviewed the possibility to provide senior housing leaders the national equivalent of the NAB-NHA exam, the NAB-RC/AL examination as a voluntary entry-level competency examination. The board was concerned that the exam opportunity be pertinent to its’ mission and concluded that any education or competency evaluation of health care administrators dedicated to serving Minnesota seniors was of overall benefit for the public. As of April, 2002, four states require an Assisted Living Administrators license and Minnesota was the fifth state sponsoring the exam on a voluntary basis for Minnesota residents. North Dakota , the only other Midwestern state currently involved, has provided the voluntary exam for a few years. There are no requirements for certification, registration or licensure for Assisted Living Administrators in Minnesota . All candidates that request to take the exam will be authorized. The exam cost is $260.00, paid directly to Professional Examination Services (PES). Minnesota is a sponsor state so test applicants receive a discount off the regular cost.
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