State Standards Exam General Information
All State Standards Exams are MULTIPLE CHOICE and can be taken upon meeting the prerequisites (such as finishing your training, or for "Endorsement" applicants, have completed the application process...).
We schedule them to be administered in our Conference Room periodically (see our calendar) and the fee for a scheduled exam is $100. If you want to schedule it on your time, the unscheduled fee is $500. You may also schedule the exam though PSI (see PSI for their fee schedule). Our exams are administered with paper and pencil; PSI administers them with a computer and they have several testing locations throughout the state (or nation).
The number of questions on the exams varies by line of service/license type, but 75% is the minimum passing score on all of our exams. The amount of time also varies slightly (you either have one hour or 45 minutes to take the exam).
NHA - 100 questions - 1 hour
CAA - 90 questions - 1 hour
RCAL - 50 questions - 45 minutes
RC - 33 questions - 45 minutes
ADC - 50 questions - 45 minutes
All of our State Standards Exams include questions from the Board's Rules and our Governing Statutes, plus questions from the OSDH Rules and Statutes covering the facility types that the license is valid for... If you order a Study Packet from OSBELTCA ($50) you will be given a copy of the appropriate guidance that is on the exam AND some questions to help point you in the right direction to start studying and preparing to pass the exam... Except AU students - they are provided the rules and statutes documents on the first day of class (and are provided practice exams during the course of AU that are designed to help them to focus on the proper material for the NHA State Exams).
NAB Exams General Information
Currently, only NHA and RCAL applicants are required to have passed the NAB Exam(s) and we use this term in plural because since 2017, the NAB Exam (then singular) was broken into two parts - the "Core" and the "Line of Service" or LOS.
NAB does a Professional Practice Analysis every 5-7 years to determine what it is administrators do and how much time they typically spend in various areas and then develop the exams to mirror the results of that study, more or less, weighting the number of questions to equal the percentages of time spent in each of those areas, referred to as "Domains of Practice."
They determined that 82% of what ALL administrators do (regardless of the line of service) are the same and thus was born the "Core Exam" to address those items. TO address the specifics of the lines of service, there was an exam developed for NHAs, RCAL Administrators and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Administrators.
The exams are based on the Domains of Practice and our NHA candidates are required to pass the Core and NHA LOS exams and our RCAL candidates are required to pass the Core and RCAL LOS exams. A passing score is essentially 75%. Additional information regarding the NAB Exams can be found on the NAB website and we will also help you through applying to take those exams when that time comes.
NAB Review Seminars (optional)
The NAB Review Seminars have been mentioned elsewhere on our site... We host them twice a year with the author of one of the referenced books giving the "lectures" for these 2 day seminars. They're typically scheduled in early February or late July/early August so you need to watch the calendar and if you're interested in attending, let Pam or Ginger know (and pay the fees... $300). We host them in our conference room and feedback has been great - people feel more confident and prepared going into the exams after attending these seminars. It is OPTIONAL - nobody makes anyone attend these. But, we strongly recommend them, especially for anyone struggling to pass any part of the exams. They are geared slightly more for the NHA candidate but an RCAL candidate also benefits from them... 82% of what is on the exams is "Core" and RCAL candidates have to pass that same exam. It's worth considering and a very valid option to help you prepare.