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  NAB Exam fee increased April 1, 2012 

Examination fee increases were approved by the Board of Governors effective April 1, 2012. The new fee for the NAB NHA exam is $350. All funds from this increase will be used to fund member participation at NAB meetings. It is essential that in order to carry out the work of NAB and maintain our exam programs for the benefit of member states and agencies, we have volunteer participation from NAB members in positions of leadership, committee membership and exam program activities.

                       Excerpted from the NAB “highlights” newsletter.

   

FY12 State and NAB Exam Score Analysis:

Click to view statistical information on results of the State and NAB exam by school from FY12.

  NAB exam 

Minnesota, like all 50 states and DC, requires its licensees to successfully complete the examination developed by the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators - the NAB exam. It is a 150-item multiple choice test covering the Domains of Practice:

  • resident care and quality of life
  • human resources
  • finance
  • physical environment & atmosphere
  • leadership and management

The full document is available by clicking on the link at left.

 

You must have an active application for licensure on file with the state licensing board to be eligible to take the NAB exam. Information about how to apply for the NAB exam will be sent after BENHA receives your application and the $150 fee to begin the licensure process. Registration for the NAB exam, which is computer-based, is online, so an email address is required. Once approval is granted by the Minnesota Board, authorization is offically emailed to you by PES, with an authorization number and directions to contact a Prometric-Sylvan Learning Center site to schedule your exam. 

Click on the NAB website link at left to download their handbook or to order study materials for the NAB exam.

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Do all states use the same national examination service?

  

Yes, Minnesota and all 50 states (and DC), require its applicants to successfully complete the examination developed by the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators - the NAB exam. This exam is developed and administered by Prometric Examination Services, PES. It is a 150-item multiple choice test covering the Domains of Practice. The five domains and percentage of examination questions are:

 

  • Resident Care and Quality of Life (35%)
  • Human Resources (15%)
  • Finance (14%)
  • Physical Environment & Atmosphere (13%)
  • Leadership and Management (23)  

If you stay licensed to maintain active NAB scores; they are typically transferable to establish licensure in another jurisdiction. 

 

 

How often is the national exam given?

 

The exam is offered by computer based testing, with you choosing the date of your examination from a list of openings. The exams are administered at designated Prometric (Sylvan) Testing Centers throughout the United States. Prometric provides you the link during the NAB exam registration to electronically contact the center most convenient to you.

  

How do I apply for the national exam?

 

You must have an active application for licensure on file with the state licensing board to be eligible to take the NAB exam. Information about how to apply for the NAB exam with the electronic link will be sent after BENHA receives your application and the $150 fee to begin the licensure process.  

  

Registration for the NAB exam is online, so an email address is required. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the on-line registration. Once approval is granted by the Minnesota Board, authorization is officially emailed to you by PES, with an authorization number and directions to contact a Prometric-Sylvan Learning Center site to schedule your exam. It is required you schedule and complete the exam within sixty days of your applications approval. 

 

How long does the examination take?

  

The time limit is three hours. 

  

How can I study for the NAB exam?

  

Click on the NAB website link at left to download their handbook or to order study materials for the NAB exam. The study guide provides you sample questions. It also provides you the complete Domains of Practice and the Bibliography used to create all questions. 

 

 

How do Minnesota applicants perform on the examination?

 

Historically… very well.  The results are listed below.

 

 

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Pre-2005

 

NHA Examinees

52

66

56

72

54

58

50

37

184

 

NHA Pass #

37

37

34

56

43

37

33

20

138

 

MN. NHA Pass Rate

68.6%

56.1%

61.1%

77.7%

79.6%

63.8%

66.0%

54.1%

75%

 

National Avg:

63.5%

62.4%

63.5%

63.5%

64.0%

62.5%

67.0%

65.0%

68.5%


How successful are graduates from Minnesota approved colleges on the national examination? 
 

FY2012 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) Results:

 

 

College

 

Examinations

Taken

 

 # With

Passing Scores

 

 Pass Rate

 

U of MN - Twin Cities

24

16

66.7%

 

Concordia - Moorhead

7

4

57.1%

 

U of W I- Eau Claire

10

10

100%

 

MSU - Moorhead

5

2

40%

 

U of MN - Crookston

1

1

100%

 

St. Cloud State University

2

0

0%

 

MSU - Mankato

1

1

100%

 

 

How quickly do I find out the results?

 

An unofficial, initial pass/fail is provided upon completion of the examination. The board receives the validated scores every other Wednesday from PES and will forward the formal scores, broken down by domains, to the applicant promptly. 

 

   

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