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Administrator in Training (AIT) Program

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The Board has established the Administrator-In-Training Program as the way an individual seeking initial licensure as a nursing home administrator may obtain practical training and experience in nursing home administration.

In brief, the requirements are:

  • You must hold at least a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution that must be accredited by the US Department of Education as listed in Rule 4751-1-02.
  • You must complete the Core of Knowledge course.
  • You must complete a registered, approved internship that is nine (9) months with a bachelor's degree and six (6) months with a master's degree. This must be served on a full-time basis.
  • All training must be done under the direct supervision of a licensed nursing home administrator/preceptor who is in full-time (at least 35 hours per week) practice in the nursing home approved by the board as your internship training site.
  • You must take and pass the national examination and the state examination.

Please Note:

The Core of Knowledge is not a preparatory course for the National or State exams. The information obtained at the Core of Knowledge is vital information that will help you become a successful Nursing Home Administrator. The Core of Knowledge also provides networking opportunities, which will have a positive impact on your career.

The Core of Knowledge requirement may be met before, during, or after the internship. For further information, please contact the BELTSS office at (614) 466-5114. 

Registration deadlines for the internship and meeting dates are as follows:

  • Jan. 21 submission deadline for April 1 internship starting date
  • April 21 submission deadline for July 1 internship starting date
  • July 21 submission deadline for Oct. 1 internship starting date
  • Oct. 21 submission deadline for Jan. 1 internship starting date

For example, if you want to start your internship on April 1, your application/training plan must be submitted by January 21. It will first be reviewed by the board's Education Committee in February. Then you will have the opportunity to make changes, if necessary before the complete application is forwarded to the board in March for official action. If your application is approved, your internship will begin on April 1.

If you wish to apply for the Administrator-In-Training internship to prepare for licensure as a nursing home administrator, return the Preliminary Data for AIT Program form to the board office and an application packet will be emailed to you.  There is a small fee for this program. If you have additional questions, please call the BELTSS office at (614) 466-5114.