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Temporary Nursing Home Administrator

Information about Temporary Licenses

The Board may grant a Temporary Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license if a facility’s licensed nursing home administrator passes away or is removed from the position by another unexpected cause.

To qualify for a Temporary NHA license, you must have three years of health care management experience acceptable to the Board and one of the following:

  • Post-secondary degree in any field from an accredited college or university, OR
  • A current Delaware Registered Nurse (RN) license.

Temporary NHA licenses expire 90 days after the date they are issued. The license may be extended for an additional 90 days one time only. When a Temporary NHA license expires, the licensee is not eligible for another Temporary NHA license until 12 months after the prior Temporary NHA license expired.

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

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” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself 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:

  • An official transcript showing the degree must be sent directly from the college/university to the Board office.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • A resume or separate page thoroughly describing his or her occupational background. The document should list all post-degree positions he or she has held, starting with the current position. All time must be accounted for. If the designated temporary administrator has been involved in an academic residency or internship, or in a Board-approved AIT program, include the following information:
    • dates of employment
    • title of position
    • name and address of employer or organization
    • employer/organization telephone number and email
  • A resume or separate page thoroughly describing all past administrative experience that he or she acquired in a residential facility providing protective, preventive and personal care services performed by qualified personnel. (Personal care refers to the general supervision of and direct assistance to individuals in their activities of daily living.)
    • The experience must have included:
      • Administration of services to more than one person.
      • Administrative services which have as a major component the supervision of more than one profession or discipline.
      • Administrative position in which the designated temporary administrator has or had direct responsibility for and are/were held accountable for his or her own acts.
    • A description of the duties and responsibilities for the time periods when you supervised more than one profession or discipline. Include the dates and number of hours as well as the kinds of employees. Also, list the dates and hours for which you served as Acting Administrator in the absence of the duly appointed administrator.
  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization  form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.


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