Revision 11-1;

Effective December 1, 2011

 

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§18.11 Academic Requirements

Effective June 1, 2009

 

(a) Applicants seeking licensure must meet the following academic requirements:

(1) have a baccalaureate degree in any subject from a university or health science center accredited by an association recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and
(2) complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in long term care administration, or its equivalent, that includes courses in the following domains of the NAB:

(A) resident care and quality of life;
(B) human resources;
(C) finance;
(D) physical environment and atmosphere; and
(E) leadership and management.

(b) DADS accepts foreign university degrees and coursework that is counted as transfer credit by accredited universities recognized by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

 

§18.12 Internship Requirements

 

Effective June 1, 2009

 

An AIT must meet the following requirements:

(1) Before starting the internship, the AIT must provide DADS notice of:

(A) the name and license number of the DADS-approved preceptor providing training; and
(B) the name and address of the nursing facility where the internship will be completed, and the administrator’s name if the individual is not the preceptor of record.

(2) The internship must be in a nursing facility that has a minimum of 60 beds.
(3) The internship must be a minimum of 1,000 hours of training.
(4) A minimum of 500 of the 1,000 hours must be during traditional business hours.
(5) The AIT can train no more than 40 hours a week.
(6) Upon completing the internship, the AIT must submit to DADS:

(A) one of the following:

(i) a complete and notarized AIT Final Report and Preceptor Performance Report; or
(ii) official transcript from a university accredited by an association recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that reflects completion of the internship; and

(B) a signed statement from the administrator of record of the nursing facility in which the training occurred verifying the AIT trained at the nursing facility.

 

§18.13 Alternate Education, Training, and Experience

Effective June 1, 2009

 

(a) Applicants not meeting the academic or internship requirements for licensure in §18.11 of this subchapter (relating to Academic Requirements) and §18.12 of this subchapter (relating to Internship Requirements, are eligible for licensure if they present evidence satisfactory to DADS of the following alternate education and experience:

(1) a master's degree in health administration, health services administration, health care administration, or nursing, which includes coursework that encompasses the five domains of the NAB, with one year of management experience and completion of a 500-hour internship; or
(2) a baccalaureate degree in health administration, health services administration, health care administration, or nursing, which includes coursework that encompasses the five domains of the NAB, with three years of management experience and completion of a 500-hour internship.

(b) A minimum of 250 hours of the 500-hour internship referred to in §18.13(a) (1) -(2) must be done during traditional business hours.

(c) Management experience is defined as full-time employment as a department head or licensed professional supervising two or more employees in a nursing facility or skilled nursing hospital unit.

 

§18.14 Preceptor Requirements

Effective June 1, 2009

 

(a) A licensee seeking to sponsor an AIT must:

(1) be licensed or registered as a nursing facility administrator for a minimum of five years, with the two most recent years in Texas;
(2) be in good standing;
(3) have paid a $25 training fee and completed DADS preceptor training to become a certified preceptor; and
(4) meet the eligibility requirements in the State of Texas AIT Internship Manual.

(b) A preceptor must submit a complete and notarized AIT Performance Report to DADS at the end of the internship.
(c) A preceptor must obtain approval from DADS before sponsoring more than one AIT at the same time.
(d) DADS may consider any imposed sanction against a preceptor as grounds for refusing to allow the preceptor to sponsor an AIT.
(e) DADS may refuse to allow a preceptor to provide training to an AIT if the preceptor did not provide adequate training to previous AITs.
(f) DADS waives 20 of the 40 clock hours of continuing education required for license renewal for a preceptor who sponsors an AIT.
(g) A licensee is qualified to act as a preceptor for two years from the date the licensee completes DADS' preceptor training.
(h) A licensee must remain in good standing in order to act as a preceptor.

 

§18.15 Application Requirements

Effective June 1, 2009

 

(a) Applicants seeking licensure must submit the following to DADS:

(1) a complete and notarized Nursing Facility Administrator’s Application for Licensure Form;
(2) $100 application fee;
(3) a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas criminal conviction report and fingerprint card
(4) an official transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree from a university or health science center accredited by an association recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
(5) if not a part of the transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree, another transcript reflecting 15 semester credit hours in long term care administration or its equivalent that include the five domains of the NAB as listed in §18.11 of this subchapter (related to Academic Requirements) , or alternate education, training and experience listed in §18.13 of this subchapter (related to Alternate, Education, and Experience) ; and
(6) proof of completing the minimum applicable internship that meets the internship requirements in §18.12 of this subchapter (relating to Internship Requirements) .

(b) An application is valid for one year from the date the application fee is received.
(c) Applicants not meeting the requirements for licensure and examination within one year after DADS receives their application must resubmit the following to DADS:

(1) a notarized Nursing Facility Administrator’s Application for Licensure form;
(2) $100 application fee; and
(3) a DPS Texas criminal conviction report and fingerprint card.

(d) DADS is not responsible for applications, forms, notices, and correspondence unless they are received by DADS.
(e) DADS is not responsible for mail it sends to a licensee or applicant if the licensee’s or applicant’s current address was not reported in writing to DADS.

 

§18.16 Examinations

Effective December 1, 2011

 

(a) Applicants seeking licensure as nursing facility administrators from DADS must pass the following examinations:

(1) state examination on the nursing facility requirements found in Chapter 19 of this title (relating to Nursing Facility Requirements for Licensure and Medicaid Certification) ; and
(2) NAB examination.

(b) Applicants register for examination at a designated NAB website by:

(1) submitting an application for approval to test; and
(2) paying the $155 state examination and $285 NAB examination fees on-line.

(c) DADS sends e-mails notifying applicants of their eligibility to take the test.
(d) Applicants must not take any examination without DADS approval.
(e) An applicant with a disability, including an applicant with dyslexia as defined in Texas Education Code §51.970 (relating to Instructional Material for Blind and Visually Impaired Students and Students with Dyslexia) , may request a reasonable accommodation for the examination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(f) Applicants complete the on-line state and NAB examinations at PES.
(g) DADS notifies applicants of test scores within two weeks after receiving examination results from the testing agency.
(h) An applicant who fails an examination and wants to retest must pay the appropriate state or NAB examination fee stated in subsection (b) (2) of this section.
(i) Applicants failing the state or NAB examination three consecutive times must complete another minimum 1,000-hour AIT internship before retesting.
(j) Applicants previously licensed as nursing facility administrators by passing the comprehensive examination and who have an expired licensed for 12 months or longer or voluntarily surrendered their license must pass the NAB and state examinations to obtain a new license.