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Administrators in senior living communities are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the facility and ensuring all state and federal regulations are met.

Administrator (HFA/RCA)

A nursing home administrator is educated and trained to carry out the policies of a nursing home, and is licensed in accordance with California Health and Safety Code, Section 1416. The nursing home administrator is charged with the general administration of a nursing home, regardless of whether he or she has an ownership interest and whether the administrator’s function or duties are shared with others.


Administrators must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in public health, healthcare administration, business administration or a related field. Some administrator positions require an advanced degree in a related field. Pass the nursing home administrator license examination, which consists of a written state exam and an on-line national exam. Administrators must also pay licensing fees and be in compliance with any judgement or order of support.

Licensed HFAs and RCAs must obtain at least 40 hours of continuing education during each two-year licensing period.

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