Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators - Apply, Renew and Reactivate

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Application Guidelines.

The documents below explain the required steps to complete the application process.  While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously. Best practice is to apply online for a new license.

Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go to .

To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.

Click here to Access Online Services or to Apply Online

Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received,  typically within 5 business days.

  • Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
  • Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.

Application Rules

The rules below describe the application process for Nursing Home Administrators.

Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee

Exam Information

To apply for the National Examination

Application Forms

Due to COVID-19, paper applications will not be processed at this time.  Click here to apply, renew, or reactivate online.  For questions about username and password, please call the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174.  For assistance with the online application contact 515-281-0254. 

Related Links

National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB)
1444 I Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-2210
Tel: (202) 712-9040
Fax: (202) 216-9646

LeadingAge Iowa
4200 University Avenue, Suite 305
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Tel: (515) 440-4630
Fax: (515) 440-4631

Iowa Health Care Association

1775 90th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-1563
Tel: (800) 422-3106
Fax: (515) 978-2209