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Chapter 393-3 LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

Rule 393-3-.01 Americans With Disabilities Act

The Board will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The request for an accommodation by an individual with a disability must be made in writing and received in the Board Office by the application deadline along with appropriate documentation, as indicated in the Request for Disability Accommodation Guidelines.

Rule 393-3-.02 Licensure Requirements. Amended

A person who seeks licensure by examination as a nursing home administrator must show the following:

(a) Be at least 21 years of age;
(b) Be of reputable and responsible character;
(c) Be a citizen of the United States or have a registration card indicating valid residency and work status in the United States; all applicants must submit a secure and verifiable document, as defined in Code Section 50-36-2;
(d) Be qualified to work in a skilled nursing home as outlined in state and federal guidelines and Board rules. The following are the education requirements accepted by the Georgia Nursing Home Administrators Board:
1. A doctorate or master's degree in health administration, health services administration, health care administration, or nursing, or other related healthcare degrees, and a 500 hour Georgia AIT program; or
2. A baccalaureate degree in health administration, health services administration, health care administration, or nursing, or other healthcare related degree, and a 1000 hour Georgia AIT program, or
3. An associate degree in nursing or licensed practical nursing certification with four years of full time work in any skilled nursing facility with the last two years being in management, and a 1500 hour Georgia AIT program; or
4. Six years of full-time work in any skilled nursing facility with the last three years being in management and no less than 48 semester units or 90 quarter units of college, plus a 2000 hour Georgia AIT program, or
5. Eight years full time experience in a skilled nursing facility with the last five years being in management, a High School Diploma, and a 2000 hour Georgia AIT program.
(e) Management experience is defined as full-time employment as a department manager or licensed professional supervising a staff of two or more employees in a skilled nursing facility or skilled nursing hospital unit.
(f) Education is defined as one year of college with 45 quarter hours or 24 semester hours of course work at an educational institution accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation (like SACS).
(g) If an applicant does not meet these requirements but does have a doctorate, masters or baccalaureate degree in a field outside of healthcare, the applicant would be required to complete a 2000 hour AIT program in Georgia to qualify for licensure.

Rule 393-3-.03 Repealed

Rule 393-3-.04 Examination. Amended

(1) Upon the Board's approval of the completion of an AIT program, an applicant shall be approved to take the national exam. No applicant shall be approved to register and sit for the national exam prior to the Board approval of the AIT program.
(2) Following the Board approval of the completion of the AIT program, an applicant shall complete all requirements for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator within six (6) months of the date of Board approval of the AIT program's completion.
(3) If the applicant fails to complete all requirements for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator within the six (6) month timeframe, the application will be withdrawn and the applicant must submit a new application, current documentation and fee.