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Option C: Endorsement: LNHA/Administrator of Record in two of previous five years


Waiver of all academic and practicum requirements


General Definition for:

Applicant may submit satisfactory evidence of having actively and effectively served full time for a minimum of two continuous years within the immediate past five years as the licensed nursing home administrator and chief executive officer of one or more nursing facilities in a single jurisdiction (state) regulated by the licensing board of that jurisdiction. The applicant must also possess a minimum of a BA/BS degree.


Complete the following steps:

1. Candidates, who qualify under the above provision, shall submit a letter requesting a waiver for Option C and include as a minimum the following for each community/facility to clearly demonstrate the waiver requirement listed in Option C.
2. In addition to the application submitted online or by mail, submit the following attachments for each facility identified in the waiver request:
  • Your position description
  • An organization chart showing your position in relation to others above, below, and equal to it in the organizational hierarchy
  • A letter on official stationery of the facility, dated and signed by an officer of the governing board (or the administrative head of the facility or management company or by your supervisor or an official of the agency’s human resources unit) verifying your employment. The letter must certify your dates of employment with the facility and the title(s) of any position(s) you held with the facility.
  • Copies of the two most recent inspections/surveys of the facility where you were most recently LNHA and Administrator of Record.
  • Other General Information required of all applicants:
  • Resume showing employment history since college graduation
  • License verification in each state applicant has held licensure sent directly to the board office.
  • Completion of the Minnesota state examination: exam information will be sent to the candidate upon staff review of the application.

Endorsement Requirements

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.  

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

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 The Statutes and Rules books may be obtained at   Minnesota   's Bookstore.
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.