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"We study leadership
for the same reason a parent studies parenting
- so that those in our care will be
beneficiaries of our learning."
Administrators University (AU)
(Map of Shepherd Mall Office Complex)
The SPRING TERM is set to begin on Thursday, January 19th
and we are finalizing the syllabus (now available here).
Recent classes have been filling up quickly...
If you're interested, you need to start the process and get on the
waiting list for the next class. We typically have two classes per year...
One in the spring (late January/February and another that starts late July.
Until class starts, it may not be too late for THIS class...We typically
see some people with intentions of attending drop back to the next class
almost every time, so if you're interested, start the process...get your
name in our system so we know you're interested.
All classes are projected to be held on a Thursday,
in the OSBELTCA Conference Room (Suite 2H) in Shepherd Mall
or in various locations in Tulsa or Oklahoma City....
(call Pam at (405)522-1619 to ask about signing up for the next Term...you will need to apply through our online portal...
...and now you can also pay the fees there as well,
online, through the portal.
One of the toughest hurdles to becoming a Long Term Care Administrator is "passing the NAB." There are a number of books available and to successfully pass this exam, you need to do outside reading above and beyond what you will get in the classroom. After all, this is your profession, so you will want to know as much about it and be as well versed as the next administrator (even after you are licensed).
Here's a list of books to look for that will help you in this regard:
Pratt, John R., (2004-2nd Edition) Long Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum Sudberry, MA Jones and Bartlett Publishers
NAB Study Guide-How To Prepare for the Nursing Home Administrators Examination (5th Edition) Washington, DC National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, Inc. (highly recommended preparation tool...practice test questions)
Singh, Douglas, A., (2010) Effective Management of Long-Term Care Facilities Sudbury, MA Jones and Bartlett Publishers
* Townsend, Joseph H, Davis., Winborn E., Haacker, Robert W., (2009) The Principles of Health Care Administration Bossier City, LA Professional Printing & Publishing Inc. IF YOU ATTEND THE NAB REVIEW SEMINAR (and we hope you will)... the author of this book will be presenting the seminar and references this book...or a more current version of it (updated frequently).
* Allen, James E., (2011-6th Edition) Nursing Home Administration New York, NY Springer Publishing Company, Inc. However, NAB has updated to the 6th edition and we are keeping pace...also has a companion "review guide" with practice test questions. Textual changes are minor - the page numbering for the reading assignments are significantly different. There is a 7th edition out... it's not yet included by NAB but we have addressed this in the syllabus as well...
* between these two books, you're likely exposed to a full 50% of the possible NAB exam questions...They are the two most popular books. Some people prefer the Townsend book (easier to read?) and others prefer the Allen book because it allegedly explains the "finance" aspects (which are toughest to grasp for a lot of people) better...but those are all personal views and you may disagree with them. Reading one book or another is no guarantee of passing the NAB but you'd better read AT LEAST one or your chances of success are not as high...
The Long Term Care Survey (September 2009) Washington, DC American Health Care Association.
Acello, Barbara., (2006) The Long-Term Care Legal Desk Reference Marblehead, MA HCPro, Inc.
Gilster, Susan D., (2006) A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program Baltimore, MD Health Professions Press
These books are available on many commercial websites and in commercial bookstores, or you may also order them directly through the NAB website at this link (which opens in a new window). The "real" list is on the NAB website and the NAB list is important because it is the source where ALL questions on the NAB's NHA Exam are referenced. All questions DO come from the NAB list of books (which is a pretty good hint for those trying to pass that exam...). Watch that list -- when it's updated, they've probably updated their question bank, too!
Additionally, note that with some of these books there are "study guides" available that compliment them...practice questions are a good way for you to prepare for the exam (after you've read the books) especially when they are questions about topics covered in this list of books...this is your new chosen PROFESSION so don't hesitate to invest in multiple books on the topic (even beyond this list...though it would be a GREAT starting point to help you prepare just to pass the NAB's NHA exam and ENTER the profession). AND DON'T MISS THE FLASH CARDS we've set up for you to use in your studies...Follow the PRECEPTOR AND AIT HELP link on the left.
We have also added a NAB REVIEW (as indicated above) that will compliment your AU and AIT experience and better prepare you for the NAB's NHA Exam... We plan to do these in the late July/early August and February time frames (twice a year - post AU). Be watching for the next one to be "advertised" here (through our Calendar link, above) or call us and ask...cost will be $275 per person. They are held in Shepherd Mall in the OSBELTCA Conference Room (Suite 62). Follow the NAB Review link on the left or the Calendar above for more info...This is for the NHA exam (we are searching for help for the NAB's RC/AL exam and hope to offer a similar review for that exam in the future. OKALA is currently offering something along these lines for RC/AL applicants.
About Oklahoma’s Administrator-In-Training (AIT) and Administrator University (AU) Programs
Candidates for licensure in Oklahoma as a Long Term Care Administrator are required to meet certain minimum requirements as stipulated in the Rules of the Board. Candidates are encouraged to view and familiarize themselves with these requirements prior to applying for the AIT and/or AU programs to ensure they meet the Board's requirements for licensure. An 'unofficial' copy of the Board's Rules can be viewed and/or downloaded from the Board's website.
The licenses granted by the Board fall into three types: a 'regular' license, a 'provisional' license, and a ‘temporary’ license. Because the AIT and AU Programs do not apply to the Rules governing the issuance of either the 'provisional' or ‘temporary’ license, the same will not be addressed further herein. However, note, that an AIT who has not yet passed the NAB NHA exam is not eligible for a “provisional’ license.
Candidates for a 'regular' license generally fall into two (2) categories: those individuals currently licensed in another jurisdiction and those who do not hold a license. Potential candidates who meet Oklahoma licensing requirements, have the requisite professional experience and hold a valid license in another jurisdiction may apply to be licensed according to the Rules governing licensure by endorsement (reciprocity). Those potential candidates who do not hold a valid Long Term Care license in another jurisdiction are required to complete the Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program and Administrator University (AU) prior to making application to sit for the State Standards and National (NAB) Examinations.
The AIT program consists of a minimum of 560 training hours, which takes fourteen weeks (3½ months) to complete on a full-time basis. In some cases, the AIT program may be completed on a part-time basis with no fewer than 20 hours per week. The maximum time to complete the AIT program, once started, is one year. The training program must be completed in a long term care institutional environment (Nursing Facility or ICF/MR) and under the guidance of a certified preceptor (a licensed administrator who has met the requirements to be certified by the Board as a preceptor). There is also a 700 hour program for those AITs with a degree that is not related to any of the five Domains of Practice or without any LTC experience.
Administrator University consists of a scheduled series of lectures/classes on a variety of topics facing long term care administrators and is offered during two (2) sessions each year. One session meets from July/August through December, and the other session meets from January through May. Classes normally meet for one full day each week at designated sites in either Oklahoma City or Tulsa (mostly in Oklahoma City). The curriculum includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time plus there is a considerable amount of assigned reading involved. Oklahoma’s AU program is “unique” compared to how other states license their administrators and while it may appear that our AIT program is shorter than many states (many states require a 1000 hour AIT experience…), the “intensity” and “focus” of our program, with the changes we’ve made in recent years, has yielded first time pass rates on the NAB NHA exam that are on par with the first time pass rate of colleges/universities around the country with NAB accredited programs.
Individuals interested in pursuing licensure as a long term care administrator in Oklahoma are encouraged to contact Board staff for additional information. Individual contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) are listed on the Board’s website.