Nursing Home Administrator License

Department of Public Health


A nursing home administrator manages, supervises and is in general administrative charge of a licensed nursing facility, whether or not that person has an ownership interest in such home and whether or not the individual\'s functions are shared with one or more people. This person must be able to plan, implement, and evaluate: (A) Resident Care Management, including nursing and medical services, medical records, pharmaceutical services, rehabilitation, social services, food service, therapeutic recreational programs, and quality assurance; (B) Human Resources Management, including policies, management-staff communication, staff recruitment and retention, and health and safety programs; (C) Financial Management, including budgeting, billing and reimbursement programs, monitoring financial performance, and reporting; (D) Environmental Management, including maintaining buildings, grounds and equipment, and fire, disaster and emergency programs; (E) Regulatory Compliance, including federal and state laws and regulations, and governing entities, directives; and, (F) Organizational Management.

Code Citation IC Chapter 155; 645 IAC 141-144

Who Applies Persons who wish to manage a nursing facility.

When To Apply After completion of educational and long term care practicum requirements.

Initial Requirements Varies by type of initial degree. For educational requirements see Link to Laws and Rules for Licensure. Applicants must pass the national examination.

Duration Two years.

Processing Time 1 - 3 weeks after all required materials are submitted. Online renewal in real time.

Fee Structure Initial licensure: Renewal:

Renewal Requirements Forty hours of continuing education are required biennially for license renewal.

Exam Applicants must pass the national examination approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

Additional Information Persons who wish to manage a nursing facility.

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Contact Information
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319