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Chapter 393-9 RECIPROCITY

Rule 393-9-.01 Application by Reciprocity. Amended

(1) Licensure by reciprocity refers to licensure for applicants who hold a current Nursing Home Administrators license in other states and are applying for consideration of licensure in Georgia as a Nursing Home Administrator.
(2) The Reciprocity application and other Board forms are available on the Board web site: www.sos.ga.gov/plb/nursinghome.
(3) The Board may in its discretion deny licensure to an applicant who has had disciplinary action taken against him or her by any licensing authority or professional organization, or whose record reflects any other matter that puts in question his or her competency to be a Nursing Home Administrator.

Rule 393-9-.02 Qualifications of Applicants by Reciprocity. Amended

(1) Licensure in Georgia by Reciprocity may be granted to a Nursing Home Administrator who is at least 21 years of age, of reputable and responsible character, and a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien under the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Act, and be lawfully present in the United States, and must satisfy the following requirements:
(a) Applicants must submit to the Board an Application by Reciprocity, the fee, Affidavit of Applicant and shall cause verification of a current, unencumbered, nursing home administrator's license be sent directly to the Georgia Board. In addition, include a verification of licensure from every other state or jurisdiction in which the licensee has ever held a license, whether active or not.
(b) Applicants must have taken and passed the national examination administered by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB).
(c) Applicants for licensure by reciprocity must meet all licensure requirements that are substantially equivalent to those required in this state.
(2) The Board may in its discretion deny licensure to an applicant who has had disciplinary action taken against him or her by any licensing authority or professional organization, or whose record reflects any other matter that puts in question his or her competency to be a Nursing Home Administrator.

Rule 393-9-.03 Military Spouses and Veterans Licensure by Reciprocity

(1) Definitions. As used in this Rule:
(a) "AIT" means "administrator in training" as used in Chapter 393-4 of the Board Rules.
(b) "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(c) "Military spouse" means the spouse of a service member or transitioning service member.
(d) "Nursing home administrator" or "NHA" means a person licensed to practice as a nursing home administrator of a nursing home under the provisions of O.C.G.A. Chapter 27 of Title 43.
(e) "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(f) "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military on active duty status or on separation leave who is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.
(2) Licensure by reciprocity. A service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may qualify for a license by reciprocity where the applicant:
(a) holds a license in good standing from another state for which the training, experience, and testing substantially meet or exceed the requirements to obtain a license as a NHA in Georgia; and
(b) has submitted to the Board a verification of licensure from the appropriate licensing agency of another state showing that the applicant's active license is in good standing in that state; and
(c) has submitted documentation satisfactory to the Board which verifies the applicant's status as a service member, transition service member, or military spouse as defined in O.C.G.A. § 43-1-34; and
(d) has submitted a completed application for licensure by reciprocity on a form approved by the Board, has paid the required fee, and has requested licensure by reciprocity.
(3) AIT training and experience. In connection with an application for licensure, an applicant who is a service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may submit documentation reflecting the applicant's training and experience obtained while the applicant, or the applicant's spouse, was in the military as provided by O.C.G.A. § 43-1-34. To satisfy the requirements for licensure in Georgia, such military training and experience shall:
(a) substantially meet or exceed the training and experience requirements for licensure as provided in the Board's rules and statute; and
(b) have been obtained in an appropriately certified, registered, or licensed nursing home facility under the supervision of a licensed NHA; and
(c) be documented to the satisfaction of the Board for the purposes of licensure.