Before applying for a Delaware Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license, you must complete an Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program approved by the Delaware Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators when either of the following conditions applies:
For information about programs approved by the Delaware Board, click Courses of Study Approved for Licensure.
To apply for approval of an AIT program, you must meet one of the following requirements:
You may request approval of your preceptor(s) and program at the same time as you submit your application or later. However, the Board must approve both preceptor(s) and your program outline before you begin the AIT program.
The Board must approve your preceptor(s). You may have one preceptor for both the Assisted Living (AL) and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) portions of your program or two preceptors, a separate one for AL and SNF.
Each preceptor must:
For information about their responsibilities, preceptors should refer to Preceptor Responsibilities.
Arrange for each person seeking to become your preceptor to submit a letter to the Board requesting approval. The letter must:
Either you, as the AIT applicant, or your preceptor must submit an outline listing the training the AIT program will cover. See Addendum A to the Rules and Regulations. Note that the Board will not accept a photocopy of Addendum A as a substitute for an outline. Follow these guidelines when submitting the outline:
|IF you have a(n)…||THEN the Board may approve you for a…||AND you should submit a…|
|baccalaureate or graduate degree in Health and Human Services, Hospital Administration, Nursing or Business Administration||six-month program||24-week outline|
|baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field other than Health & Human Services, Hospital Administration, Nursing or Business Administration||nine-month program||36-week outline|
|associates degree in any field or a current Delaware RN license||12-month program||52-week outline|
Beginning with the date the Board approves your preceptor(s) and outline, you and your preceptor are responsible for filing an Administrator-in-Training Progress Report form every three months until the end of the program. For example, if the Board approves you for a 36-week program on April 15th, you must submit a progress report for the following periods:
Each progress report must include a full three-month period. Do not submit reports before the end of the reporting period, regardless of when the next Board meeting is scheduled. Preceptors must initial and date each item on your progress report as it is completed. The use of arrows or “ditto marks” is not acceptable. Progress reports must be signed and dated by the AIT, preceptors (as applicable) and supervisors (as applicable).
At the conclusion of your approved program period, your preceptor(s) must submit a letter to the Board stating that you have successfully completed your AIT program.
It is strongly advised that your training outline continue uninterrupted if at all possible. However, if an unforeseen extenuating circumstance (such as hospitalization or family death) occurs during your AIT program, you may submit a written request to extend your training period and/or change your preceptor. The Board may require you to submit supporting documentation. If there is a substantial loss of time during your training, regardless of the reason, the Board may require you to repeat your AIT program in its entirety. (Note that personal vacations are not extenuating circumstances.)
When all of your preceptors confirm that you have successfully completed your Delaware AIT Program, the Board will approve you to sit for the NAB Examination. The Board office will notify you when you have been approved and explain how to register. When you register to take the exam, make sure that you request NAB to send your results to the Board office.
You must file an Application for Nursing Home Administrator Licensure in order to be considered for permanent licensure. You may file the application before or after you pass the examination, but the Board will not consider your application until you have passed the examination.