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18VAC95-20-175 Continuing education requirements

A. In order to renew a nursing home administrator license, an applicant shall attest on his renewal application to completion of 20 hours of approved continuing education for each renewal year.

1. Up to 10 of the 20 hours may be obtained through Internet or self-study courses and up to 10 continuing education hours in excess of the number required may be transferred or credited to the next renewal year.

2. Up to two hours of the 20 hours required for annual renewal may be satisfied through delivery of services, without compensation, to low-income individuals receiving health services through a local health department or a free clinic organized in whole or primarily for the delivery of those services. One hour of continuing education may be credited for one hour of providing such volunteer services, as documented by the health department or free clinic.

3. 3. At least two hours of continuing education for each renewal year shall relate to the care of residents with mental or cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

4. A licensee who serves as the registered preceptor in an approved AIT or Assisted Living Facility AIT program may receive one hour of continuing education credit for each week of training up to a maximum of 10 hours of self-study course credit for each renewal year.

5. A licensee is exempt from completing continuing education requirements and considered in compliance on the first renewal date following initial licensure.

B. In order for continuing education to be approved by the board, it shall (i) be related to health care administration and shall be approved or offered by NAB, an accredited institution, or a government agency or (ii) as provided in subdivision A 2 of this section.

C. Documentation of continuing education.

1. The licensee shall retain in his the licensee's personal files for a period of three renewal years complete documentation of continuing education including evidence of attendance or participation as provided by the approved sponsor for each course taken.

2. Evidence of attendance shall be an original document provided by the approved sponsor and shall include:

a. Date the course was taken;

b. Hours of attendance or participation;

c. Participant's name; and

d. Signature of an authorized representative of the approved sponsor.

3. If contacted for an audit, the licensee shall forward to the board by the date requested a signed affidavit of completion on forms provided by the board and evidence of attendance or participation as provided by the approved sponsor.

D. The board may grant an extension of up to one year or an exemption for all or part of the continuing education requirements due to circumstances beyond the control of the administrator, such as a certified illness, a temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters. The request for an extension shall be received in writing and granted by the board prior to the renewal date.

18VAC95-20-310 Required hours of training

A. The AIT program shall consist of 2,000 hours of continuous training in a facility as prescribed in 18VAC95-20-330 to be completed within 24 months. An extension may be granted by the board on an individual case basis. The board may reduce the required hours for applicants with certain qualifications as prescribed in subsection subsections B and C of this section.

B. An AIT applicant with prior health care work experience may request approval to receive a maximum 1,000 hours of credit toward the total 2,000 hours as follows:

1. The applicant shall have been employed full time for four of the past five consecutive years immediately prior to application as an assistant administrator or director of nursing in a training facility as prescribed in 18VAC95-20-330, or as the licensed administrator of an assisted living facility;

2. The applicant with experience as a hospital administrator shall have been employed full time for three of the past five years immediately prior to application as a hospital administrator-of-record or an assistant hospital administrator in a hospital setting having responsibilities in all of the following areas:

a. Regulatory;

b. Fiscal;

c. Supervisory;

d. Personnel; and

e. Management; or

3. The applicant who holds a license as a registered nurse shall have held an administrative level supervisory position for at least four of the past five consecutive years, in a training facility as prescribed in 18VAC95-20-330.

C. An AIT applicant with the following educational qualifications shall meet these requirements:

1. An applicant with a master's or a baccalaureate degree in a health care-related field that meets the requirements of 18VAC95-20-221 with no internship shall complete 320 hours in an AIT program;

2. An applicant with a master's degree in a field other than health care shall complete 1,000 hours in an AIT program;

3. An applicant with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than health care shall complete 1,500 hours in an AIT program; or

4. An applicant with 60 semester hours of education in an accredited college or university shall complete 2,000 hours in an AIT program.

D. An AIT shall be required to serve weekday, evening, night and weekend shifts and to receive training in all areas of nursing home operation. An AIT shall receive credit for no more than 40 hours of training per week.

E. An AIT shall complete training on the care of residents with cognitive or mental impairments, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

18VAC95-20-340 Supervision of trainees

A. Training shall be under the supervision of a preceptor who is registered or recognized by a licensing board.

B. A preceptor may supervise no more than two AIT's at any one time.

C. A preceptor shall:

1. Provide direct instruction, planning, and evaluation in the training facility;

2. Shall be routinely present with the trainee for on-site supervision in the training facility as appropriate to the experience and training of the AIT and the needs of the residents in the facility; and

3. Shall continually evaluate the development and experience of the AIT to determine specific areas in the Domains of Practice that need to be addressed.

18VAC95-20-390 Training plan

Prior to the beginning of the AIT program, the preceptor shall develop and submit for board approval a training plan that shall include and be designed around the specific training needs of the administrator-in-training. The training plan shall address the Domains of Practice approved by NAB that is in effect at the time the training program is submitted for approval. An AIT program shall include training in each of the learning areas in the Domains of Practice as outlined in the NAB AIT Manual.

18VAC95-20-400 Reporting requirements

A. The preceptor shall maintain progress reports on forms prescribed by the board for each month of training. The preceptor shall document in the progress report evidence of on-site supervision of the AIT training.

B. The AIT's certificate final report of completion plus with the accumulated original monthly reports shall be submitted by the preceptor to the board within 30 days following the completion of the AIT program.

18VAC95-30-70 Continuing education requirements

A. In order to renew an assisted living administrator license, an applicant shall attest on his the applicant's renewal application to completion of 20 hours of approved continuing education for each renewal year.

1. Up to 10 of the 20 hours may be obtained through Internet or self-study courses and up to 10 continuing education hours in excess of the number required may be transferred or credited to the next renewal year.

2. Up to two hours of the 20 hours required for annual renewal may be satisfied through delivery of services, without compensation, to low-income individuals receiving health services through a local health department or a free clinic organized in whole or primarily for the delivery of those services. One hour of continuing education may be credited for one hour of providing such volunteer services, as documented by the health department or free clinic.

3. At least two hours of continuing education for each renewal year shall relate to the care of residents with mental or cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

4. A licensee who serves as the registered preceptor in an approved ALF AIT program may receive one hour of continuing education credit for each week of training up to a maximum of 10 hours of self-study course credit for each renewal year.

5. A licensee is exempt from completing continuing education requirements for the first renewal following initial licensure in Virginia.

B. In order for continuing education to be approved by the board, it shall (i) be related to the Domains of Practice for residential care/assisted living and approved or offered by NAB, an accredited educational institution, or a governmental agency or (ii) be as provided in subdivision A 2 of this section.

C. Documentation of continuing education.

1. The licensee shall retain in his personal files for a period of three renewal years complete documentation of continuing education including evidence of attendance or participation as provided by the approved sponsor for each course taken.

2. Evidence of attendance shall be an original document provided by the approved sponsor and shall include:

a. Date the course was taken;

b. Hours of attendance or participation;

c. Participant's name; and

d. Signature of an authorized representative of the approved sponsor.

3. If contacted for an audit, the licensee shall forward to the board by the date requested a signed affidavit of completion on forms provided by the board and evidence of attendance or participation as provided by the approved sponsor.

D. The board may grant an extension of up to one year or an exemption for all or part of the continuing education requirements due to circumstances beyond the control of the administrator, such as a certified illness, a temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters. The request for an extension shall be submitted in writing and granted by the board prior to the renewal date.

18VAC95-30-100 Educational and training requirements for initial licensure

A. To be qualified for initial licensure as an assisted living facility administrator, an applicant shall hold a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED) and hold one of the following qualifications:

1. Administrator-in-training program.

a. Complete at least 30 semester hours of postsecondary education in an accredited college or university in any subject with at least 15 of the 30 semester hours in business or human services or a combination thereof and 640 hours in an ALF AIT program as specified in 18VAC95-30-150;

b. Complete an educational program as a licensed practical nurse and hold a current, unrestricted license or multistate licensure privilege and 640 hours in an ALF AIT program;

c. Complete an educational program as a registered nurse and hold a current, unrestricted license or multistate licensure privilege and 480 hours in an ALF AIT program;

d. Complete at least 30 semester hours in an accredited college or university with courses in the content areas of (i) client/resident client or resident care, (ii) human resources management, (iii) financial management, (iv) physical environment, and (v) leadership and governance, and 480 hours in an ALF AIT program;

e. Hold a master's or a baccalaureate degree in health care-related field or a comparable field that meets the requirements of subsection B of this section with no internship or practicum and 320 hours in an ALF AIT program; or

f. Hold a master's or baccalaureate degree in an unrelated field and 480 hours in an ALF AIT program; or

g. Have at least three years of health care experience, to include at least one consecutive year in a managerial or supervisory role, in a health care setting within the five years prior to application and 640 hours in an ALF AIT program. For purposes of this qualification, these definitions shall apply: (i) "health care experience" means full-time equivalency experience in providing care to residents or patients in a health care setting; (ii) "health care setting" means a licensed home health organization, licensed hospice program, licensed hospital or nursing home, licensed assisted living facility, licensed adult day program, or licensed mental health or developmental services facility; and (iii) "managerial or supervisory role" means an employment role that includes management responsibility and supervision of two or more staff.

2. Certificate program.

Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field unrelated to health care from an accredited college or university and successfully complete a certificate program with a minimum of 21 semester hours study in a health care-related field that meets course content requirements of subsection B of this section from an accredited college or university and successfully complete not less than a 320-hour internship or practicum that addresses the Domains of Practice as specified in 18VAC95-30-160 in a licensed assisted living facility as part of the certificate program under the supervision of a preceptor; or

3. Degree and practical experience.

Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in a health care-related field that meets the course content requirements of subsection B of this section from an accredited college or university and have completed not less than a 320-hour internship or practicum that addresses the Domains of Practice as specified in 18VAC95-30-160 in a licensed assisted living facility as part of the degree program under the supervision of a preceptor.

B. To meet the educational requirements for a degree in a health care-related field, an applicant must provide an official transcript from an accredited college or university that documents successful completion of a minimum of 21 semester hours of coursework concentrated on the administration and management of health care services to include a minimum of six semester hours in the content area set out in subdivision 1 of this subsection, three semester hours in each of the content areas in subdivisions 2 through 5 of this subsection, and three semester hours for an internship or practicum.

1. Customer care, supports, and services;

2. Human resources;

3. Finance;

4. Environment;

5. Leadership and management.

18VAC95-30-160 Required content of an ALF administrator-in-training program

A. Prior to the beginning of the training program, the preceptor shall develop and submit for board approval a training plan that shall include and be designed around the specific training needs of the administrator-in-training. The training plan shall include the tasks and the knowledge and skills required to complete those tasks as approved by NAB as the domains of practice for residential care/assisted living in effect at the time the training is being provided. An ALF AIT program shall include training in each of the learning areas in the domains of practice as outlined in the NAB AIT Manual.

B. An ALF AIT shall be required to serve weekday, evening, night, and weekend shifts and to receive training in all areas of an assisted living facility operation.

C. An AIT shall receive credit for no more than 40 hours of training per week.

D. An ALF AIT shall complete training on the care of residents with cognitive or mental impairments, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

18VAC95-30-170 Training facilities

A. Training in an ALF AIT program or for an internship shall be conducted only in:

1. An assisted living facility or unit licensed by the Virginia Board of Social Services or by a similar licensing body in another jurisdiction;

2. An assisted living facility owned or operated by an agency of any city, county, or the Commonwealth or of the United States government; or

3. An assisted living unit located in and operated by a licensed hospital as defined in § 32.1-123 of the Code of Virginia, a state-operated hospital, or a hospital licensed in another jurisdiction.

B. A new ALF AIT program or internship shall not be conducted in a facility with a provisional license as determined by the Department of Social Services. Training in an ALF AIT program or for an internship shall not be conducted in:

1. An assisted living facility with a provisional license as determined by the Department of Social Services in which the AIT program is a new ALF AIT program;

2. An assisted living facility with a conditional license as determined by the Department of Social Services in which the AIT applicant is the owner of the facility;

3. A facility that is licensed as residential only and does not require an administrator licensed by the Board of Long-Term Care Administrators; or

4. An assisted living facility with a licensed resident capacity of fewer than 20 residents.

18VAC95-30-180 Preceptors

A. Training in an ALF AIT program shall be under the supervision of a preceptor who is registered or recognized by Virginia or a similar licensing board in another jurisdiction.

B. To be registered by the board as a preceptor, a person shall:

1. Hold a current, unrestricted Virginia assisted living facility administrator or nursing home administrator license;

2. Be employed full time as an administrator in a training facility for a minimum of two of the past four years immediately prior to registration or be a regional administrator with on-site supervisory responsibilities for a training facility;

3. Provide evidence that he has completed the online preceptor training course offered by NAB; and

4. Submit an application and fee as prescribed in 18VAC95-30-40. The board may waive such application and fee for a person who is already approved as a preceptor for nursing home licensure.

C. A preceptor shall:

1. Provide direct instruction, planning, and evaluation;

2. Be routinely present with for on-site supervision of the trainee in the training facility as appropriate to the experience and training of the ALF AIT and the needs of the residents in the facility; and

3. Continually evaluate the development and experience of the trainee to determine specific areas needed for concentration.

D. A preceptor may supervise no more than two trainees at any one time.

E. A preceptor for a person who is serving as an acting administrator while in an ALF AIT program shall be present in the training facility for face-to-face instruction and review of the trainee's performance for a minimum of four hours per week.

F. To renew registration as a preceptor, a person shall:

1. Hold a current, unrestricted Virginia assisted living facility or nursing home license and be employed by or have an a written agreement with a training facility for a preceptorship; and

2. Meet the renewal requirements of 18VAC95-30-60.

18VAC95-30-190 Reporting requirements

A. The preceptor shall maintain progress reports on forms prescribed by the board for each month of training. The preceptor shall document in the progress report evidence of on-site supervision of the AIT training. For a person who is serving as an acting administrator while in an ALF AIT program, the preceptor shall include in the progress report evidence of face-to-face instruction and review for a minimum of two four hours per week.

B. The trainee's certificate final report of completion plus with the accumulated original monthly reports shall be submitted by the preceptor to the board within 30 days following the completion of the program.