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How to Become an Administrator

The Ohio Board of Executives of Long-term Services and Supports has four (4) paths that will permit you to become a Ohio Nursing Home Administrator. In order to begin any of these tracks you must have earned a minimum of a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college.  Without a degree you cannot begin this process unless you were previously licensed prior to 1980 and kept your license updated to the present.  The four paths are the following:

Administrator-In-Training (AIT) – In order to qualify you must have earned a Bachelors or higher degree.  Bachelors Degree (in any field) holders generally will need to schedule a 9 month/1500 hour internship and must work at least 35 hours a week during general operating hours.  Masters Degree holders generally will need to schedule a 6 month/1000 hour internship and must work at least 35 hours a week. Completion of the Core of Knowledge is required.  In order to enroll in this program, click here to print and complete the Preliminary Data for, fax (optional) us a copy and mail the original to our office to begin this process.

Direct College - In order to qualify you must complete a Board or NAB approved Nursing Home Administrator Program. 

Out-of-State Candidate – If you have a current Nursing Home Administrator license from another State and you have a Bachelors Degree.

Re-Licensure – If you were previously licensed as an Ohio Nursing Home Administrator from 1980 to the present and your license has expired more than 12 months ago.

All applicants are reviewed by the Board at its quarterly board meeting before exam approval is granted.

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