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LICENSURE QUALIFICATIONS
This information  is paraphrased...
Refer to OAC 490, Chapters 1, 10 and 15 for the definitive requirements

Known Class Dates and Contact Information
for various classes and training providers is
located on our "Other Training" page, linked on the left


The general qualifications for licensure (applicable for all license types) are:  

- the applicant must be at least 21 years of age;
- the applicant must undergo and successfully pass a
criminal background check;   
- the applicant must be a
US citizen, or be a qualified alien and lawfully residing in the United States;
- the applicant must pass the
state standards examination (75% or better on the exam applicable to their license type); 
- the applicant must be of
reputable and responsible character;
- the applicant
must report to the Board any adverse action taken by any licensing or certification entity in any jurisdiction;
- the applicant must be in compliance with
state income tax requirements;
- the applicant must pay
all required fees associated with obtaining a license; 
- the applicant must have a
working ability in the English language sufficient to communicate, both orally and in writing, with residents, family members, employees, the general public and representatives; and
- perhaps OBVIOUSLY, the applicant must be
in good standing with the Board already (no current suspensions, etc.)

Additionally...



For a
NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR'S (NHA) LICENSE:

- the applicant must have obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;  
- the applicant must complete
Administrator University (AU);
  -- Rare exception in Oklahoma:  If you have a degree in long term care administration from an institution
accredited by NAB, AU may be waived
  -- Currently, we are not aware of any Oklahoma universities or colleges who have achieved this accreditation but there are some institutions in other states who have...
- the applicant must also complete the 560 hour
Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program
  -- the AIT program cannot be started until the student has started AU and must be finished within 1 year of start
 -- after completion of the AIT program, the applicant must also pass the
national examination (NAB) by a score of not less than 113 (75%).

The scope of practice for an Oklahoma NHA includes SNF/NF, ICF/MR, RC, AL, Adult Day Care facilities.  Annual renewal fees are $200.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Pam Duren (405-522-1619 or pam.duren@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for NHA type questions.  


 

For a NHA LICENSE BY ENDORSEMENT (AKA RECIPROCITY) (currently licensed in another state):

The terms are erroneously and frequently used interchangeably but what we're really talking about is licensure by endorsement...
IF by reciprocity (true reciprocity) there would be an agreement between states (that does not currently exist) and we would simply issue a license by seeing that you have a valid license in another state... THAT IS NOT THE CASE!!  So, what we're talking about is actually "licensure by endorsement" (just to be clear).

This is NOT currently an option for any other licensure type except NHA in Oklahoma

- the applicant must have a bachelor's degree;
- the applicant must submit proof of current licensure, in good standing;
  -- plus proof that they've served full time as the administrator-of-record for the past two consecutive years in a jurisdiction regulated by a licensing authority; OR
  -- been active in long term care for at least two of the last five consecutive years;
- the applicant must submit proof of licensure which shall include their NAB NHA exam score and proof of good standing
- the applicant must fully disclose any/all pending disciplinary actions, investigations or sanctions imposed on their adminsitrator's license(s) or any other professional license held in any other State or jurisdiction; 
- and documentation related to current or previous licensure from other Boards shall come directly to our Board from the proper authorities regulating the respective license(s)

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Pam Duren (405-522-1619 or pam.duren@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for NHA type questions.  


 

TEMPORARY LICENSE OPTION EXPLAINED (for NHAs Only):

The Board approves all licenses (except the "Temporary").  Since the Board only meets once per month and this could cause hardship for someone waiting to be employed for several weeks (a Board meeting could be cancelled for weather or other reasons...), when someone who is qualified for licensure and does not wish to wait for their license until that next Board meeting, they can apply and the Executive Director may issue a Temporary License (there is a $200 application fee) which would expire at the next Board meeting date when the Board would review their application for the non-temporary license.  By rule, this option is currently only  available to an NHA applicant (a Certified Assistant is not licensed and therefore this would not apply to that "type" nor would a Provisional NHA be eligible for the Temporary license).  A Temporary License is not the same as a Provisional License.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Pam Duren (405-522-1619 or pam.duren@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for NHA type questions.  


 

PROVISIONAL LICENSE (for NHAs Only):

"Provisional Licenses" expire after 6 months and are associated with a certain facility and the facility can only apply for this license once per year (from the date it is granted).  It is a once in a lifetime "option" for an administrator.  So, this license is associated and issued for a certain facility AND only once for an individual.  General requirements (above) must be met first, and additionally:

- the applicant must have a currently licensed Oklahoma administrator (NHA) to serve as an on-site consultant
 -- there are requirements for the consultant to follow (time as an administrator...) and he must provide direct supervision and submit monthly reports to the Board
- the applicant must have 2 years of experience in a long term care facilty; and
- the applicant must have taken and passed the NHA State Standards exam (not necessarily the NAB).

Before applying for this license, you should discuss the pros and cons of with OSBELTCA staff.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Pam Duren (405-522-1619 or pam.duren@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for NHA type questions.  


 

To be a CERTIFIED ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR (only valid under certain nursing home conditions...):

The complete and full explanation is available in OAC 490, Chapter 15...if you're doing this, you REALLY need to be familiar...
NHAs who will have Certified Assistants working for them need also to be very familiar with those requirements...

- the applicant must have successfully completed high school (with a diploma) or be in receipt of a G.E.D.;
- the applicant must have attended a review (usually held the last day of AU - twice per year);
- the  applicant must pass the State Standards Review exam (75% minimum) for the NHA exam; and
- the applicant must have 2 years of current management, leadership or supervisory experience in a long term care facility
  -- experience must explicitly state how many individuals the applicant supervised in their supervisory role; the Board distinguishes between supervising a program and supervising personnel and requires experience supervising personnel.

There are numerous "conditions of employment" once certified that must be maintained. Annual renewal fees are $75.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Pam Duren (405-522-1619 or pam.duren@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for NHA type questions.  


 

The grandfathering opportunity (for RC/AL, RC and Adult Day Care) ended October 1, 2012. 
Initial licensure requirements now apply to all applicants:


 

For a RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING ADMINISTRATOR'S  (RC/AL) LICENSE:

- the applicant must provide a current training certificate from a proper/approved source of training (we will publish "class dates" as they are known to us BELOW on this page...)
 

 -- Before you will be granted a certificate by the entities providing this training, you will be required to:
      --- Complete a 15 hour MAT training; OR
      --- Provide proof of CMA certification or licensure as a nurse (LPN or RN)
 -- the training certificate is a prerequisite to being able to sit for the state standards exam, and passing that exam is a prerequisite to sit for the NAB RC/ALexam...
- the applicant must take and pass the NAB's RC/AL exam...STUDY REFERENCES for the NAB's RC/AL Exam can be found on the NAB's website...

The scope of practice for an RC/AL administrator includes residential care and assisted living facilities.  Annual renewal fees are $175.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Ginger Dean (405-522-1616 or ginger.dean@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for RC, RC/AL and ADC questions.


 

For a RESIDENTIAL CARE (ResCare or RC only) ADMINISTRATOR'S LICENSE:

- the applicant must provide a current training certificate from a proper/approved source of training (and again, we will publish those class dates as they are known to us...)
  -- Before you will be granted a certificate by the entities providing this training, you will be required to:
      --- Complete a 15 hour MAT training; OR
      --- Provide proof of CMA certification or licensure as a nurse (LPN or RN)
- the applicant will have to take and pass the state standards exam for RC licensure

The scope of practice for an RC administrator only includes residential care facilities. Annual renewal fees are $100.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Ginger Dean (405-522-1616 or ginger.dean@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for RC, RC/AL and ADC questions.


 

For an   ADULT DAY CARE (ADC) ADMINISTRATOR'S LICENSE :

- the applicant must successfully complete Board approved training for ADC administrators (dates will be posted below AND on our calendar...)
- the applicant must have one of the following:
 -- a high school diploma AND 5 years consecutive supervisory experience in a long term care or geriatric setting;  
     OR
 -- A Bachelor's degree AND 1 year of supervisory experience, preferably in a social or health services setting; 
     OR
 -- An active Oklahoma Nursing license (RN or LPN), in good standing, AND 2 years of nursing experience;

The scope of practice for an ADC administrator only includes an adult day care center or facility.  Annual renewal fees are $100.

Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process,follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Ginger Dean (405-522-1616 or ginger.dean@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for RC, RC/AL and ADC questions.


 

You can also pay the applicable fee(s) online through a link on the "Forms and Fees" page, linked on the left...).

Our mailing address is (for your transcripts to be mailed to OR if you're paying by check):  

OSBELTCA
2401 NW 23RD, STE 62
OK CITY, OK 73107  

Please review information at the Administrator University link for class start dates.  

 

We have made a sort of "checklist" available to you for the application process for all of these.  Now that you have reviewed the qualifications and are ready to start the process, follow the link for a somewhat simplified set of "steps" for you to follow available at THIS link... We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will help you all we can.  Pam Duren (405-522-1619 or pam.duren@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best point of contact for NHA type questions.  Ginger Dean (405-522-1616 or ginger.dean@osbeltca.ok.gov) is the best option for RC, RC/AL and ADC questions.

 


 

 

 

Last Modified on 11/26/2012