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Chapter 393-13 CONTINUING EDUCATION

Rule 393-13-.01 Continuing Education Requirements

(1) Forty (40) clock hours of continuing education are required biennially to renew a license.
(2) A minimum of six (6) of the forty (40) hours shall be on Professional Development/Integrity and/or Resident Rights.
(3) The remaining thirty-four (34) clock hours shall be in any or all of the following health care subject areas:
(a) Resident Centered Care and Quality of Life;
(b) Gerontology and Special Populations;
(c) Human Resources;
(d) Finance/Financial Practice/Financial Integrity;
(e) Leadership Skills and Management;
(f) Ancillary Services Management/Development;
(g) Regulatory Compliance;
(h) Quality Assurance;
(i) Emergency Preparedness training.
(4) Online study from a NAB/N.C.E.R.S. approved course is allowed (see #5).
(5) No more than twenty (20) clock hours of the total 40 clock hours may be obtained online.
(6) The continuing education requirement for the first renewal of a license which was issued in even numbered years shall be twenty (20) hours in any combination of the categories set out above. Licensees obtaining licensure in odd numbered years shall not be required to obtain any continuing education hours prior to the first renewal cycle. The passing of the national examination at any time during the biennium shall be equal to twenty (20) hours of continuing education.
(7) Continuing education hours must be obtained within the two year biennium renewal cycle (i.e. January 1st of Even Numbered years and December 31st of Odd Numbered years).

Rule 393-13-.02 Continuing Education Sources

(1) Continuing education hours may be obtained by participation in activities sponsored, co-sponsored or approved by any of the below listed sources. The licensee's certificate of attendance must document the number of clock hours of educational content in each activity and indicate the source of education (NAB, N.C.E.R.S, etc.) or it may not be accepted as proof of completion. Continuing education hours must be obtained within the two (2) year biennium renewal cycle (i.e. January 1st of Even Numbered years and December 31st of Odd Numbered years).
(a) Professional trade associations in long-term care or out of State Nursing Home Administrator Licensing Boards, OR,
(b) Educational institutions accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Post Secondary Accreditation. The educational institution shall certify the number of clock hours of educational content in each activity. One semester hour of course credit shall be equivalent to fifteen (15) clock hours of continuing education, and one (1) academic quarter hour of course credit shall be equivalent to ten (10) clock hours of continuing education, OR,
(c) National Continuing Education Review Services (N.C.E.R.S.) of the National Association of Boards of Nursing Home Administrators (NAB). Continuing education hours may be obtained by participating in programs approved by N.C.E.R.S., OR,
(d) Government Agencies, Educational Institutions and Hospitals. Continuing education hours may be obtained by participating in "in-service" training, courses or workshops pertaining to long term care sponsored by federal, state or local government agencies, educational institutions and licensed hospitals.
(2) Educational hours earned from an unapproved source shall NOT be counted toward the required continuing education hours for any two year biennium renewal cycle.

Rule 393-13-.03 Continuing Education Documentation

(1) Each licensee shall maintain for three (3) years documentation of the continuing education activities they complete. The Board will not maintain continuing education files for licensees. Do NOT request providers submit your certificates of attendance directly to the Board. It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain the documents.
(2) Each licensee shall attest to having met the continuing education requirement on their biennial license renewal. Documentation of these activities should be retained by the licensee and not sent to the Board unless the licensee is selected by the Board for a continuing education audit.
(3) The Board shall randomly audit licenses during each renewal period. If a licensee is audited, the licensee shall submit a Board approved CE Report or the transcript to the Board for approval no later than December 31st of the odd numbered renewal year (expiration date). All continuing education certificates of attendance or listings must have been obtained within the two year biennium renewal cycle (i.e. January 1st of Even Numbered years and December 31st of Odd Numbered years) or it may not be accepted as proof of completion.
(4) If the audited licensee fails to submit the required CE documentation to the Board for review, licensee may be subject to Board discipline and the license will not be renewed until the Board has received and approved the required CE documentation.
(5) In the event the Board determines that any or all of the clock hours which the licensee obtained failed to meet the subject area requirements set out in the Rules of the Georgia State Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Chapter 393-13-.01, the Board shall notify the licensee, by e-mail or in writing, of the failure. The license will then be placed in "Renewal Pending" status.
(6) The licensee may correct any identified deficient continuing education hours by March 31st of even numbered years. Failure to correct the deficiency within this period shall result in revocation of the license by operation of law and in accordance with Board rules, Chapter 393-5.

Rule 393-13-.04 Repealed

Rule 393-13-.05 Repealed