Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) Update 4/24/19

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA attended the public portion of the Board of Examiners of Nursing Homes Administrators (BENHA) Meeting on April 24th. Here are the key items discussed during the meeting:

  • Nancy McBride has retired from the Credentialing unit. 
  • A total of 1600 renewals of Nursing Homes Administrators will be completed this year. DOH will be assisting Megan Ryan, Executive Secretary and Michele Beaulac, Credentialing Specialist Staff to the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home, with the processing of these renewals.
  • The two-year renewal process remains in place but moving forward the board is pursing changing from a two-year renewal to a three-year renewal process. Discussions are also ongoing regarding biennial registration period based on the licensee’s month of birth. 
  • Board discussion held regarding the changing of Nursing Home Administrator exam requirements; exam is currently three times in five years but will be changed to four times in one year. This aligns with what other states are currently doing.
  • BENHA Board voted on and passed to utilize the NAB ATI manual as the required document based on standardization from the national level. 
  • 2019 renewals will be sent out via email and an attestation will be attached to verify the 48 hours CEU credits which are now within the NAB CE Registry. The renewal will also be sent out by US mail.  Audits will still be conducted on 10% of the CE credits for the registered Nursing Home Administrators to ensure CE requirements have been met.

Information regarding the NAB Health Service Executive Pathway see below:

  • To qualify for the HSE Education pathway, the below criteria must be met. For any additional questions, please email NAB at
  • Official transcript (Bachelor’s degree or higher) from an HSE-Accredited college or university. Transcripts can be sent to NAB by mail or by email.
  • Passing score on the Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) Line of Service (LOS) exam. While the NHA exam does not have to be successfully passed prior to applying for the HSE, the qualification will not be awarded until this exam is successfully completed. 
    PLEASE NOTE: Please apply for the NHA Line of Service exam (LOS) and CORE exam(s) through your state licensing jurisdiction. NAB does not approve candidates for these exams.
  • Successful passing of additional 50 item Resident Care/Assisted Living (RCAL) and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) exam(s) LOS not previously completed successfully.
  • Review within the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and finding no disqualifying actions. (Applicants will need to complete a self-query to the NPDB and submit this report to NAB)
  • Verification of the completion of a 1,000-hour Administrator in Training (AIT) program (if not completed through your university academic program).

For more information, please review the HSE Qualifications Criteria or NAB's HSE Tip sheet.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15