College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Iowa LTC Administration Licensure

Iowa Nursing Home Administration Licensure

According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there will be 16% growth in employment in this field from 2006-2016.

For further information about nursing home administration qualifications and licensure in Iowa, contact:

Ms. Sharon Dozier
Iowa Board of Examiners for NHA
State Dept of Health
Lucas Office Bldg. 5th Floor, 321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone: 515-281-4401
Fax: 515-281-3121

The Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators evaluates the qualifications of applicants for nursing home administrator licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify.

The Board establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed Nursing Home Administrators and investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct.

Licensees are responsible for meeting all licensure requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Iowa requires nursing home administrators to have a bachelor's degree.

Click here to learn more about becoming licensed in Iowa or to obtain an application.

Click here to register to take the NHA boards.

Click here for the NHA Licensing Examination Handbook.

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The following website provides more information on Iowa licensure:

Iowa Dept of Public Health

For a summary of requirements for nursing home administrators in Iowa, visit:

Iowa Nursing Home Administrator Requirements

It is recommended that LTC administration students consult the following resources regarding licensure and passing the boards:


Long Term Care Education

Info on Careers in Long Term Care Administration

The following is a list of recommended resources for the boards (Note: Most of these resources are updated every 2-3 years. Make sure you have the most recent versions.):

Pratt, John R., (2010-3rd Edition) Long Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum Sudberry, MA Jones and
Bartlett Publishers

NAB Study Guide-How To Prepare for the Nursing Home Administrators Examination (5th Edition) Washington,
DC National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, Inc.

Singh, Douglas, A., (2010) Effective Management of Long-Term Care Facilities Sudbury, MA Jones and Bartlett

Davis., Winborn E., Townsend, Joseph E., (2011) The Principles of Health Care Administration Shreveport, LA
BNB Systems.

Allen, James E., (2011-6th Edition) Nursing Home Administration New York, NY Springer Publishing Company, Inc.
The Long Term Care Survey (October 2010) Washington, DC American Health Care Association.