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Nursing Home Administrator


The practice of nursing home administration means planning, organizing, directing, and managing the operation, as well as implementing the policies of a nursing home. This includes but is not limited to making operating decisions, ensuring fiscal responsibility, providing general supervision, employing and discharging staff, programming and ongoing evaluation of the care and services provided in the nursing home to ensure the health and safety of the residents, visitors and staff and, where appropriate, integrating the services of the nursing home with the community’s health resources.

Licensing Requirements:

Applicants seeking to become licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in New York State must apply to the New York State Health Department, New York State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (the Board). The requirements and the application can be found at: To be licensed, applicants must meet all of the requirements for licensure including, but not limited to, those listed below.

Age Requirement:

Nursing home administrators in New York State must be at least 21 years of age.

Moral Character and Suitability Requirement:

An applicant shall be deemed in fulfillment of this requirement when, in the opinion of the Board, there is no information available regarding the applicant’s background that may affect his or her ability to carry out the responsibilities of a nursing home administrator in a professional, competent and ethical manner.

Education Requirement:

To fulfill the education requirement to become eligible for licensure as a nursing home administrator in New York State, applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree that includes or is supplemented by fifteen credit hours of specifically required course work.

Experience Requirement:

To fulfill the experience requirement, applicants must complete either a 12-month Board-approved administrator in training program or 24 months of qualifying field experience as determined by the Board. Specific work experiences and/or advanced degrees, after evaluation by staff, may reduce the experience requirement.

Course of Study Requirement:

Applicants must successfully complete a Board-approved 3-credit-hour course in Nursing Home Administration given at an accredited educational institution, at or above the 300 level.

Examination Requirements:

Applicants must attain a passing score on the nursing home administration examination approved by the Board. All other requirements must be fulfilled prior to sitting for the licensure examination.

Fees: (as of June 1, 2012)

  • $40 -- Licensure Application Fee
  • $285 -- Examination Fee
  • $40 -- Biennial License Registration (for licensees)

Licenses Issued and Active:

NHA licenses issued in NYS since 1971 = 5,547
Licenses issued in NYS in 2011 = 51
Active NYS NHA licenses as of June 27, 2012 = 1,316

All licensed Nursing Home Administrators in New York State, (active and inactive) are listed on the Department of Health's web-site at:

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Credentialing
Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 408-1297
Fax: (518) 408-1632

Standard Occupational Classification :

11-9111 - Medical and Health Services Managers
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 9/26/12.

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