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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 bachelors or higher degree
  • Accredited post-secondary academic courses in:
    • Organizational management
    • Managerial accounting
    • Gerontology
    • Health care and medical needs of long term care residents
    • Nursing facility services
    • Human resources
    • Regulatory management
    • 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 andState exam covering Minnesota statutes and rules about nursing facility operation

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)
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

How does the licensure process work? Will you keep me informed of my progress?

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., updates will be posted to your online account and you will be notified by email when items are received and entered into your file. When you have met all the requirements and qualify to be fully licensed, BENHA will email you an initial license application form to complete and return, along with the fee, to apply for your license as an administrator.

As an applicant, what fees should I expect?

Fee amounts for application and exams total approximately $600, including the application ($150 - paid to MN BENHA), state exam fee ($75 - paid to MN BENHA), and NAB exam fee ($375 - paid to NAB after licensure application is approved by MN BENHA).  This does not include NAB practice exams or state exam books, and can vary based on the NAB exam fee structure and the production costs at the Minnesota Bookstore.  

When all requirements are met, to obtain a permanent license in the State of Minnesota, the applicant must pay the licensure fee. The fee is prorated based on the month the license is granted and varies from $100-$200.

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Initial Licensure Requirements

Endorsement Requirements

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Exams - RC/AL, NAB, State

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