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Administrators University (AU)

Our FALL term is well under way (since July 2021) and the syllabus is still available for those who want to "peek" at what goes on in AU (the classes are at least similar).  So, if you want to look at the current syllabus, click here.  

The next term will start in late January/early February (still to be determined) but we expect to continue to meet on Thursdays and for the most part in our Conference Room (Suite 2H) in Shepherd Mall in Oklahoma City, but also in various locations occasionally (per the syllabus) in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.  

Call Pam at (405)522-1619 to ask about signing up for the next will need to apply through our online portal...
...and you are expected to also pay the fees (non-refundable) there as well, online, in advance, through the portal.


Reference Materials

One of the toughest hurdles to becoming a Long Term Care Administrator is "passing the NAB." There are a number of books available and to successfully pass this exam, you need to do outside reading above and beyond what you will get in the classroom.  After all, this is your profession, so you will want to know as much about it and be as well versed as the next administrator (even after you are licensed).  

Here's a list of books to look for that will help you in this regard:

Pratt, John R., (2004-2nd Edition) Long Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum Sudberry, MA Jones and Bartlett Publishers

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

* Townsend, Joseph H,  (2017/2020) The Principles of Health Care Administration Bossier City,    IF YOU ATTEND THE NAB REVIEW SEMINAR (and we hope you will)... the author of this book will be presenting the seminar and references this book...or a more current version of it (updated frequently).  This is also the book we have included with reading assignments in our syllabus (the book you will want to get...).  You may be able to get it on Amazon or through the NAB website (?) or some other method, but the most current edition was updated/revised in April 2020 .

 Reading one book or another is no guarantee of passing the NAB but you'd better read AT LEAST one or your chances of success are not as high...

The Long Term Care Survey (September 2009) Washington, DC American Health Care Association.

Acello, Barbara., (2006) The Long-Term Care Legal Desk Reference Marblehead, MA HCPro, Inc.


Gilster, Susan D., (2006) A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program Baltimore, MD Health Professions Press

NAB also has an OFFICIAL (more complete and perhaps most current) LISTING of references at this link.  And, if you want to learn more about the NAB Exams, here's a link for Exam Information.  

We make a NAB REVIEW available for you (optional) to compliment your AU and AIT experience and better prepare you for the NAB's examinations.  We plan to do these in the late July/early August and February time frames (twice a year - post AU).  Be watching for the next one to be "advertised" here (through our Calendar link, above) or call us and ask...cost will be $300 per person.  They are held in Shepherd Mall in the OSBELTCA Conference Room (Suite 2H).  Look for for more info on our calendar...This is primarily for those taking the NHA exams, but we know that with the Core Exam items, this review IS helpful for all candidates (such as RCAL) because there is a considerable amount of "overlap" of the material...

Candidates for licensure in Oklahoma as a Long Term Care Administrator are required to meet certain minimum requirements as stipulated in the Rules of the Board.  Candidates are encouraged to view and familiarize themselves with these requirements prior to applying for the AIT and/or AU programs to ensure they will be able to meet the Board's requirements for licensure.  An 'unofficial' copy of the Board's Rules can be viewed and/or downloaded from this website.

The licenses granted by the Board fall into three types:  a 'regular' license, a 'provisional' license, and a ‘temporary’ license.  Because the AIT and AU Programs do not apply to the Rules governing the issuance of either the 'provisional' or ‘temporary’ license, the same will not be addressed further herein.  However, note, that an AIT who has not yet passed the NAB NHA exam is not eligible for a “provisional’ license.

Candidates for a 'regular' license generally fall into two (2) categories:  those individuals currently licensed in another jurisdiction and those who do not hold a license.   Potential candidates who meet Oklahoma licensing requirements, have the requisite professional experience and hold a valid license in another jurisdiction may apply to be licensed according to the Rules governing licensure by endorsement (reciprocity).  Those potential candidates who do not hold a valid Long Term Care license in another jurisdiction are required to complete the Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program and Administrator University (AU) prior to making application to sit for the State Standards and National (NAB) Examinations.  The only exceptions would be someone who was previously (and recently) licensed but let the license lapse...they may not be required to re-accomplish those items (but it also depends on how long they've been out of long term care). 

The AIT program consists of a minimum of 560 training hours, which takes fourteen weeks (3½ months) to complete on a full-time basis.  In some cases, the AIT program may be completed on a part-time basis with no fewer than 20 hours per week.  The maximum time to complete the AIT program, once started, is one year.  The training program must be completed in a long term care institutional environment (Nursing Facility or ICF/MR) and under the guidance of a certified preceptor (a licensed administrator who has met the requirements to be certified by the Board as a preceptor).  There is also a 700 hour program for those AITs with a degree that is not related to any of the Domains of Practice or without any LTC experience.

Administrator University consists of a scheduled series of lectures/classes on a variety of topics facing long term care administrators and is offered during two (2) sessions each year.  One session meets from July/August through early December, and the other session meets from January through May.  Classes normally meet for one full day each week at designated sites in either Oklahoma City or Tulsa (mostly in Oklahoma City).  The curriculum includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time plus there is a considerable amount of assigned reading involved.  Oklahoma’s AU program is “unique” compared to how other states license their administrators and while it may appear that our AIT program is shorter than many states (many states require a 1000 hour AIT experience…), the “intensity” and “focus” of our program, with the changes we’ve made in recent years, has yielded first time pass rates on the NAB NHA exam that are on par with the first time pass rate of colleges/universities around the country with NAB accredited programs.

Individuals interested in pursuing licensure as a long term care administrator in Oklahoma are encouraged to contact Board staff for additional information. Individual contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) are listed on the Board’s website.

The NAB Study Guide is available.  It's an online product and covers the NAB Core Exam and each of the line of service exams (LOS) - NHA, RCAL and HCBS.  It can be purchased on the NAB website at this link for $150.  You get access to it for one year when you purchase it.  

Last Modified on Oct 11, 2021