Although licensure renewal is required on a biennial basis, all
licensees must attend and complete the continuing education requirements of
this rule annually, on a calendar year basis, as a prerequisite to licensure
(a) All licensees must attend and complete
eighteen (18) clock hours of Board approved continuing education within every
licensees, submitting proof of successful completion of the NAB licensure
examination shall be considered proof of sufficient preparatory education to
constitute continuing education clock hour credit for the length of time
already transpired in the calendar year in which the applicant is approved.
1. For purposes of the requirement set out in
subparagraph (1) (a) of this rule, credit for the length of time already
transpired shall be calculated at the rate of four and a half (4%) clock hours
per quarter-calendar year.
provisions of this subparagraph shall apply to all new licensees, including new
licensees who have been approved pursuant to rule 1020-01-.08.
(c) The Board approves courses for
only the number of hours contained in the course. The approved hours of any
individual course will not be counted more than once in a calendar year toward
the required annual hours regardless of the number of times the course is
attended or completed by any individual licensee.
Waiver or Extension of Continuing
1. The Board may
grant a waiver of the need to attend and complete the required clock hours of
continuing education or the Board may grant an extension of the deadline to
complete the required clock hours of continuing education if it can be shown
that compliance is beyond the physical or mental capabilities of the person
seeking the waiver.
extension of the deadline will be considered only on an individual basis and
may be requested by submitting the following items to the Board Administrative
Office prior to the expiration of the calendar year (December 31) in which the
continuing education is due:
(i) A written
request for a waiver or deadline extension which specifies which requirements
are sought to be waived or which deadline is sought to be extended, and a
written and signed explanation of the reason for the request; and
(ii) Any documentation which supports the
reason(s) for the waiver or deadline extension requested or which is
subsequently requested by the Board.
3. A waiver or deadline extension approved by
the Board is effective only for the calendar year for which either is
Documentation of Compliance:
(a) The due date
for completion of the annual clock hours required in subparagraph (1) (a) of
this rule is December 31st of each year.
(b) Each licensee must retain proof of
attendance and completion of all continuing education requirements of this rule
and subparagraph (2) (a) of rule 1020-01-.06. This documentation must be
retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the calendar year in
which the continuing education was required. This documentation must be
produced for inspection and verification, if requested in writing by the board
during its verification process. The board will not maintain continuing
(c) The individual
must, within thirty (30) days of a request from the board, provide evidence of
continuing education activities. Certificates verifying the individual's
attendance or original letters from course providers are such
Courses offered for credit
toward the required continuing education hours must either have received
approval from the National Continuing Education Review Service of NAB, or be
courses provided by organizations requesting and receiving approval from the
Board based on the following criteria:
organization's experience in providing education in the nursing home or health
2. The organization's
ability to provide appropriate subject material and instruction. The material
must be directly related to the duties and responsibilities of a nursing home
administrator and be in one or more of the Domains of Practice;
3. The organization's ability to provide
regular or on-going instruction for licensees on a state-wide basis;
4. The organization's
commitment to provide evidence, at the request of the Board, of the licensee's
attendance at the program. A synopsis of each program will be filed with the
relating to any of the Domains of Practice offered by accredited colleges,
universities or community colleges are approved for credit toward the
continuing education requirements. Every three (3) semester hours or equivalent
quarter hours shall be the equivalent of eighteen (18) clock hours of
continuing education. No credit shall be allowed for courses failed according
to the institutions' grading determinations.
Multi-Media courses may be taken for
continuing education credit.
courses may include courses utilizing:
(ii) Closed circuit
(x) Distance learning
2. A maximum of twelve (12) credit hours may
be granted for multi-media courses during each calendar year.
(a) Any licensee who fails to obtain the
required continuing education hours may be subject to disciplinary action
pursuant to rule 1020-01-.15.
Education hours obtained as a result of any of the following shall not be
credited toward the continuing education hours required to be obtained by the
end of any calendar year:
1. Compliance with
informal settlements pursuant to rule 1020-2-.15;
2. Compliance with Board Orders in any
disciplinary action; and
Compliance with proposed settlements for obtaining an "affirmative finding"
pursuant to rule 1020-01-.14.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original rule certified
June 7, 1974. Repeal and new rule filed December 17, 1991; effective January
31, 1992. Repeal and new rule filed December 14, 1999; effective February 27,
2000. Amendment filed April 10, 2000; effective July 1, 2000. Amendment filed
January 19, 2001; effective April 5, 2001. Amendment filed January 23, 2002;
effective April 8, 2002. Amendment filed July 27, 2006; effective October 10,
Authority: T.C.A. §§
4-5-204, 63-16-103 and