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The NAB furthers its mission and accomplishes its goal’s through a variety of programs and services.

Examinations

NAB develops and administers the licensing examinations that administrators take to get licensed by their respective states.  Our team of exam item-writers works diligently to craft questions that cover all domains of practice within long term care administration. There are three exams offered:

  • NAB Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) Examination Program
    The NAB NHA exam program is an entry-level examination that measures the entry-level knowledge of nursing home administrators. The NHA examination is required as a component of the licensure requirements in all states and the District of Columbia.
  • NAB Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrators (RC/AL) Examination Program
    The NAB RC/AL exam program is an entry-level examination that measures the entry-level knowledge of residential care/assisted living administrators. The RC/AL examination is required as a component of the licensure requirements in several states. Additional states sponsor and encourage voluntary participation in the RC/AL exam program.
  • State Examination Administration Program
    This program was established to assist state regulatory boards and agencies in the administration of their state specific jurisprudence examinations. Participating state examinations are administered through more than 200 testing centers nationally allowing exam candidates the ability to schedule examinations to fit their schedules and to take the national exam at the same time.

National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS)

NCERS, NAB’s continuing education review service, reviews and approves thousands of continuing education programs offered by hundreds of providers across the country. All states require continuing education as a requirement to maintain an active administrator license. The NCERS seal of approval is automatically accepted as meeting standards for continuing education. NCERS also offers a searchable real-time database of approved programs as a resource to administrators and as a marketing tool for continuing education providers. NCERS reviews continuing education programs for both nursing home administration and assisted living administration. 

Academic Accreditation Program

The NAB Academic Accreditation Program establishes criteria for undergraduate and graduate degree programs in long term care administration. College and university programs granted academic accreditation benefit from the NAB seal of approval which is widely recognized by state boards and agencies. Graduates of NAB-accredited programs are recognized by potential employers and licensing bodies as having met rigorous standards based on the NAB core competencies.