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Before you apply for a Delaware Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license, you may have to complete a Delaware board-approved Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program. IF either of the following conditions apply to you, you must apply for an Administrator in Training license:
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:
Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.
In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send in or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.
In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).
In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:
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 preceptor responsibilities, refer to Preceptor and AIT Responsibilities.
It is your responsibility to submit a letter to the Board requesting approval for each person seeking to become your preceptor. The letter must:
Either you 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|
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.
In order to be considered for a permanent NHA license, you must submit a Nursing Home Administrator Licensure application in DELPROS . You may submit the application before or after you pass the exam, but the Board will not consider your application until you have passed it.