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Iowa

Requirements for Licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator

Iowa Nursing Home Licensure Contact
Sharon Dozier
IA State Board of Examiners for NHA
Office of Professional Licensing - Lucas Building, 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone: 515/281-4401
Fax: 515/281-3121
Email: sdozier@idph.state.ia.us
Web: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure

Iowa Nursing Home Education Requirements:
BA/BS in health care administration from an approved college or completion of a BA/BS and specific coursework/practicum requirements.

Iowa Nursing Home National Exam Required?
Yes

Iowa Nursing Home State Exam Required?
Yes

Iowa Nursing Home Continuing Education Required?
40 hours biennially

Iowa Number Licensed Administrators:
728

Iowa Number of NHA Licenses Issued Annually, Approximately:
84

Requirements for Qualification as an Assisted Living Administrator

State agency responsible for regulating assisted living: Department of Inspections and Appeals, Adult Services Bureau

Regulations: Regulations for Iowa Assisted Living Programs

Iowa Assisted Living: Contact
Beverly Zylstra, Tel. 515-281-6442

Iowa assisted Living: Dept. of Inspections and Appeals, Lucas State Office Bldg., 3rd Fl., Des Moines, IA 50319-0083
515-281-4115

Iowa Assisted Living: Code: Assisted Living Programs, Iowa Admin. code r. 321-17, 1(231C).

Iowa Assisted Living: Reimbursement: Division of Medical Services, Hoover State Office Bldg., 5th Fl., Des Moines IA 50319
515-281-8974

Iowa Assisted Living: Administrator Overview
Be 21 and qualified according to the state.

Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) state association: Iowa Assisted Living Association (IALA)

College Coursework

Des Moines Area Community College
Aging Services Management
Building 24
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50021

Tel: (515) 964-6262 or (515) 964-6814

Program: NON-DEGREE CERTIFICATE
The Des Moines Area Community College offers a Long Term Care Administrator certificate for students with prior degrees who desire eligibility to sit for Nursing Home Administrator Licensure.

HELATH CARE ADMINISTRATION ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE The Des Moines Area Community College offers an Associate of Science degree Health Care Administration. Students completing the associates degree will transfer into a four year institution to complete a bachelor and be eligible to sit for Nursing Home Administrator Licensure. The Health Care Administration program at Des Moines Area Community College has developed articulations with several universities to meet the needs of the student.


Iowa Lakes Community College
1900 Grand Av Suite #B-1
Spencer, IA 51301

Tel: (712) 262-7141 or 877-807-9585Fax: (712) 262-4047

Contact faculty:
Attn. Ms. Marlene Donovan, M.S., LNHA
Associate Professor and Coordinator ofHealth Care Administration Programs
Adjunct faculty are used to teach this program.

Program: ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE
Iowa Lakes Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in Health Care Administration

This career option program is designed to prepare persons for licensure as nursing home administrators in Iowa. It is primarily for adults with previous work experience as well as those with a bachelor's degree, ideally in the field of health or business.

Concepts and knowledge gained in the program are applied to the specifics of health care administration, including human relations and services, community resources, financial control, physical plant and equipment, federal and state requirements, and other legal considerations.

Student must transfer to four year university to meet Iowa licensure requirements.


Des Moines University
College of Health Sciences
3200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

Tel: (515) 271-1538

Contact person:
Programs in Health Care Administration

Web: www.dmu.edu/chs

Program: BACHELOR'S, MASTER'S, GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Des Moines University offers a master's degree (40 credit hours) with an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration. The emphasis area combines existing health care administration courses and special long-term care electives. This prepares persons for licensure as a nursing home administrator in Iowa.

Courses Available for Iowa

Iowa regulations allow 40 CEUs biennially.

For Nursing Home Administrators
Nursing Home Quality Assurance (Required by Federal Surveyors)
LTCE 1-500 Administration Policies
LTCE 1-505 Business Office Policies
LTCE 1-510 Human Resources Policies
LTCE 1-515 Admissions Policies
LTCE 1-520 Pharmacy/Drugs Policies
LTCE 1-525 Housekeeping, Laundry, Maintenance Policies
LTCE 1-530 Dietary Policy
LTCE 1-535 Activities Policies for the Facility

Nursing Home Management
LTCE 1-620 The Ingredients of Effective Nursing Home Management
LTCE 1-628 Improving Human Resources
LTCE 1-634 Learning to Manage the Nursing Facility's Accounting
LTCE 1-644 Learning the Continuum of Long Term Care
LTCE 1-654 The Aging Process: What, Why?

Courses Covering Federal Nursing Home Requirements
LTCE 1-700 Resident Rights; Resident Behavior and Facility Practices; Quality of Life
LTCE 1-706 Resident Assessment and Quality of Care
LTCE 1-710 Nursing Services, Dietary, Physicians, Dental, Pharmacy, Physical Environment, Administration

Infection Control Courses
LTCE 1-720 Infection Control: Development of an Infection Control Program
LTCE 1-734 Infection Control: Use of Masks, Cough Etiquette, Hand Hygiene, Antibiotic Use
LTCE 1-740 Infection Control: Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health Care Settings

MDS 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI)
LTCE 1-770 Overview of the MDS 3.0 RAI Chapters 1, 2, and Chapter 3 Sections A,B,C
LTCE 1-776 Learning the Item-by-Item MDS Guide: Chapter 3 sections d through k
LTCE 1-780 Doing the Resident Assessment Protocols


For Assisted Living Administrators
Assisted Living Facility Management
LTCE 1-821 Assisted Living: Industry Overview, Management, Leadership
LTCE 1-831 Assisted Living Organizational Patterns and Human Resources
LTCE 1-839 Assisted Living Facility Financing and Business Operations
LTCE 1-851 Assisted Living - The Long Term Care Industry: Its Laws and Regulations
LTCE 1-861 Assisted Living: Resident Care

Infection Control Courses
LTCE 1-720 Infection Control: Development of an Infection Control Program
LTCE 1-734 Infection Control: Use of Masks, Cough Etiquette, Hand Hygiene, Antibiotic Use
LTCE 1-740 Infection Control: Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health Care Settings