How Can I Get an Administrator License for a Nursing Home?

In the U.S, nursing home administrators are required by law to hold licenses. This legal requirement is in place to help ensure that nursing home care is of the highest quality and follows regulations. Since licensing is handled at the state level, requirements can vary. Discover the necessary steps for obtaining such a license below. Schools offering Adult Health Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of Nursing Home Administrator Licensing

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), all states require licensing for nursing home administrators (www.bls.gov). Generally, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, complete an approved training program and pass a licensing examination. However, states may have different or additional requirements.

Important Facts About Nursing Home Administrators

Key Skills Detail oriented, leadership, communication, analytical skills
Similar Occupations Human resources manager, insurance underwriter
Projected Job Growth (2012-2022) 17% (for all medical and health service managers)*
Median Salary (2015) $81,023**

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **Payscale.com

Education Requirements

States may allow various methods of meeting education requirements. For example, according to the California Department of Public Health, to fulfill education requirements in that state, you may be required to have earned a bachelor's degree (the field of study is not specified) and hold a master's degree in nursing home or health administration. Experience requirements may include ten years of work in a nursing home as a registered nurse or ten years of experience in a nursing home in any position with five years in a management position. A minimum number of college credits may be required. Applicants can also be licensed physicians (www.cdph.ca.gov). In Michigan, according to the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators' Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, you must have a bachelor's degree or higher, hold a nursing license within the state or complete an approved education program (www.michigan.gov).

Additional Requirements

Many states require applicants to submit their fingerprints and pass criminal background checks. Typically, prints are run by the state department of justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You may also have to provide proof that you are legally allowed to work within the U.S.

Application Process

States may handle the application process differently. Usually, you must provide documentation of your education and work experience along with any application paperwork prior to taking the examination. Application materials may include transcripts, copies of professional licenses, proof of completed training programs and work experience, fingerprints, a photo and fees. It may take several weeks or even months for your application to be processed, because all documentation must be checked and verified.

Most states require some type of renewal process for licenses. This requires the completion of continuing education courses (required in all states, according to the BLS) and paying renewal fees.

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