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Apply for a nursing home administrator license

Looking to get your nursing home administrator license? Apply here.
Once we receive an application, it takes at least 3- 5 weeks to review it and determine if any additional information is required. Once complete, applications are processed in the order received.

Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators

The Details

What you need

You must provide all requested information. Failure to provide requested information may result in a delay in processing your application. Incomplete applications will be returned to applicant.

Completed Applications must include the following:

  1. The following documents must be submitted at the same time in one envelope:
    1. A completed application form, signed and dated by the applicant and notarized
    2. A 2 x 2 passport style color photo (white or off-white background). Copies and printer generated photos are not acceptable.
    3. A signed and notarized Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form, found below
    4. A check or money order, payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the fee listed below
    5. Three professional references
      • Note: they can't be relatives, spouses, family members, subordinates ,or your AIT preceptor
    6. One personal reference.
      • Note: they can't be a spouse, partner, family member, subordinate or your AIT preceptor
    7. A completed physician form
    8. A completed Administrator Affidavit
      • Note: Provide a self-addressed envelope to your endorsers with your Reference Forms, Physician Form, and Administrator Affidavit Certificate of Internship Training. After the individual has completed the form, they must seal it in the return envelope you provide, sign their name across the envelope seal, and return it to you.
  2. Official transcripts in signed, sealed envelopes for all undergraduate degrees and any other post-secondary degrees
    • When requesting official transcripts, please inform each school’s registrar that the transcript must be complete and state the degree and date conferred in mm/dd/yyyy format
  3. Verification of licensure status, in signed, sealed envelopes, from any state or jurisdiction in which you now or have previously held any professional license. The state or jurisdiction must send verifications directly to the Board.
    • Note: If verifications have been previously submitted with an application for administrator in training program, you don't need to submit them again if they were issued within the past 12 months.
  4. If you hold, or have ever held, any professional license or certification, you must request a National Practitioner Data Bank-Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Self-Query and submit the Original report in a signed and sealed envelope with this application. To request a Self Query, please contact the National Practitioner Data Bank. Keep a copy for your records.
    • Note A: If you don't hold and have never held any professional licenses in any other state, you don't need to submit a National Practitioner Data Bank self-query
    • Note B: If a National Practitioner Data Bank self-query was submitted with an application for administrator in training program, you don't need to submit it with an application for full licensure if it was certified and sent within the past 12 months


  • We accept checks or money orders. Make it payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Please don't staple payment to the application
  • Please don't send cash or foreign currency
Name Fee Unit
Nursing Home Administrator - Initial Application and License $150 each
Handling charge for returned checks $23 each

How to apply

  1. Download the licensing application, found below
  2. Complete the application
    • Please submit on single-sided pages
    • Include the fee and all attachments
    • Don't leave any blanks. If you're unable to provide the requested information, attach a separate sheet with an explanation. Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  3. Mail completed application and all attachments to:

Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators
239 Causeway St.
Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114

Next steps

  1. Nursing home administrator examination

    Once the application packet is submitted and all required documents are received by the Board, it will be reviewed. The Board will notify you by letter with information regarding contacting Professional Examination Services to register for the credentialing examination and scheduling a test date.

    More information about the examination is available at the National Association of Boards of Examination of Long Term Care Administrators’ [NAB]. A handbook, "Information for Candidates, Nursing Home Administrators", is available for purchase.

    Note: If requirements for nursing home administrator licensure by examination are not met within 1 year from the date the Board receives your application, your application will be voided.

  2. Keep a copy

    Keep a copy of the complete application and supporting documentation for your records. Employers may require that you provide them with a copy.

    The Board is not able to provide copies of the application.




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