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Nursing Home Administrator – License Information

1) Obtain the required education.

Applicants must complete a regular course of study, a program of study, or complete specialized courses which the Nursing Home Administrator Examining Board considers adequate academic preparation for nursing home administration.

A list of approved course can be found on Form #683, Exam Instruction Packet.

2) Submit the exam application, fee, and all supporting documents.

Form 1573, Request to Apply for Examination

3) Pass the required examinations.

Applicants must pass both the national (NAB) and Wisconsin law examinations. An outline of the Wisconsin law exam can be found within Form #683. Information on the national examination is available from the NAB. 

4) Obtain the experience as required. Please complete Form #71, Verification of Experience.

After passing the examinations, an applicant:

a) who has completed a program of study must provide evidence of having completed one (1) year of experience in the field of institutional administration;

b) who has completed specialized courses must provide evidence of having completed one (1) year of experience in the field of institutional administration.

No experience other than that obtained in a supervised clinical practicum is required for an applicant who has completed a regular course of study. Applicants must submit an official transcript from the university verifying graduation from the program and the completion of the required practicum.

5) Apply for licensure. Please complete Form #418, Application for Credential.

6) A license or denial of license will be mailed after Board review of application materials.

Application for Licensure by Reciprocity

The examining board may grant a nursing home administrator license to a person who holds a current nursing home administrator license issued by the proper authorities of any other jurisdiction, which has not been revoked or suspended, upon payment of the appropriate fees and submission of satisfactory evidence to the board that the applicant has satisfied all of the following:

a) Has a bachelor's degree in any field that was obtained from an accredited college or university or holds a current certification as a nursing home administrator granted by the American college of health care administrators. (Note: The American College of Health Care Administrators may be contacted at 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 355, Alexandria, VA 22314.)

b) Has practiced as a nursing home administrator for at least 2,000 hours in any consecutive 3-year period within the 5-year period immediately preceding the date of application for licensure.

c) Has passed the state law examination required for licensure under s. NHA 2.01 (3)(b).

d) Does not have an arrest or conviction record, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, Stats. An applicant who has a pending criminal charge or has a conviction record shall provide the board with all related information necessary for the board to determine whether the circumstances of the pending charge or conviction substantially relate to the practice of nursing home administration.

Please review the information contained in Form #683, Exam Instruction Packet. Applicants must submit the following forms with their fee:

Form #1573, Request to Apply for Examination

Form #419, Verification of Licensure

Form #2470, Reciprocity Experience Record

Form #2375, Request for CIB Information

Official transcript verifying you have received a bachelor's degree in any field.

Application Process