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Application Requirements

What requirements must I meet to get licensed?

Complete an application for licensure. 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:

  • A minimum of a bachelors degree
  • Accredited post-secondary academic courses in:
    • Organizational management
    • Managerial accounting
    • Gerontology
    • Health care and medical needs of long term care residents
    • Long-term Care supports and services 
    • Human resources
    • Regulatory management
    • Quality measurement and performance improvement 
  • 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 andState exam covering Minnesota statutes and rules about nursing facility operation
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.
Applicants who intend on submitting prior education and experience to reduce or waive current requirements, please visit the Option B: Applicant with Experience page for instructions

Criminal Background Check - Effective September 1, 2017 forward

The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators is statutorily required to complete a Federal and State Criminal Background Check prior to issuing your license. In Minnesota, a formal application to the Board will initiate this separate processing conducted by another agency.   Initial results indicate this may add three to four weeks to complete the CBC and application to license process.  Once you apply online or the paper application is received, the Criminal Background Check Unit will contact you with directions to complete the CBC.  The $32.00 fee is added to your initial application and there is no additional fee.  The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators will be informed of the results and move your application forward.   

Getting Started with a NHA License

  • Make yourself familiar with the Minnesota State Rules 6400.5000 to 6400.6970, governing the practice of Nursing Home Administration - as an applicant and licensee in Minnesota, you are responsible for following these rules
  • 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:
    • Option A: New Graduate from Minnesota or NAB LNHA program with examinations
    • Option B: Applicant with experience/course waivers, with examinations
    • 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 after your grades and degree has been posted, showing minimum of BA/BS in addition to any LTC coursework
  • Submit a Current Resume with your paper application or following your online application by email to
  • 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)

 Attention Applicants: 

On September 1, 2017, Minnesota Rules will change to include increased practicum hours and updated educational requirements.  Licensure applications received before August 31, 2017 will be required to meet the current State Rules.  Licensure applications received on or after September 1, 2017 will need to meet the new requirements.

Links and FAQs - Application for Licensure

Apply Online


Accredited Programs

Initial Licensure Requirements

Endorsement Requirements

Paper Application

Exams - RC/AL, NAB, State

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