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Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators


The mission of the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators is to promote the public's interest in quality care and effective services for residents of nursing facilities by ensuring that licensed administrators are qualified to perform their administrative duties.


The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) licenses the administrators of nursing homes in the state. The board:

  • Sets the qualifications required for licensure
  • Reviews and acts on complaints against licensed administrators
  • Refers consumers needing to solve problems about care provided in Minnesota nursing homes to other state and private agencies for help.

To become licensed as an administrator a person must meet board requirements and pass examinations to test knowledge of nursing home administration. To remain licensed, an administrator must meet continuing education requirements set by the board and practice in accord with federal and state laws, regulations and standards.

Minnesota has approximately 385 nursing homes that must be administered by persons licensed by BENHA. The board has about 850 licensees and issues about 50 new licenses each year.

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