The current rules state that the program has a MINIMUM requirement of 560 hours. There is a restriction of not allowing the intern/resident to do more than 40 hours in any given week, so the minimum is 14 weeks (14 40 hour weeks) is the absolute fastest it can be accomplished. There is ALSO a 700 hour program for those candidates/applicants with a degree that is NOT related to any of the NAB defined domains of practice OR without long term care experience in 2 of the last 5 years. The least amount of time one can finish the 700 hour program (again, limited to a maximum of 40 hour weeks) is 17.5 weeks.
The MAXIMUM amount of time allowed is 1 year from the date it is started. So, it is anywhere from 14 weeks to a year, depending on the time available of the resident in the program and their initiative and zeal to complete this internship.
So, why did we emphasize that this is what the "current rules state?" As you should be aware, a statute takes precedence over rules and with HB2824 moving this agency's functions under the purview of OSDH, there were several other things in that statute that are going to make a difference. Note that this bill becomes effective November 1, 2023. Among those changes... the new statute states that all of the training programs will meet NAB Accreditation standards. It doesn't spell it out, but the NAB Accreditation standards for AITs will therefore change on November 1... The minimum number of hours for an NHA applicant will no longer be 560 hours (per the current rule...and hence that emphasis) but will be 1,000 hours. Additionally, for RCAL applicants, this is also significant because there is currently NO requirement for an AIT; but with the imposition of meeting NAB Accreditation standards, the AIT requirement will now be 500 hours minimum (no longer a ZERO requirement) which also means that the RCAL community needs to start getting some Preceptors trained as well to prepare for this new requirement in the RCAL world.