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KACE Administrator In Training Program 

Thank you for your interest in the Kansas Adult Care Executives (KACE) Administrator In Training (AIT) Program!

Education requirement: The education requirement for Kansas licensure is a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. This degree can be in any field, it does not have to be in healthcare. 

Hours: The KACE Administrator In Training Program consists of 480 clock hours of time spent in an adult care setting learning all facets of the Administrator’s role. The KACE training program is based on the National Association of Boards (NAB) of Adult Care Home Administrators training materials. NAB is the association that develops the national examination. 

Preceptor: In KACE's program you will be under the supervision of an experienced Administrator (Preceptor), and he/she will help guide you through the process of working within each department in the facility to understand the tasks and responsibilities in each area. You must complete your practicum at the preceptor's facility. Click here for a list of KACE preceptors. AITs will complete an AIT Progress Report.doc each week or every 40 hours. 

Mentor: In addition to receiving help from your Preceptor, you will receive contact information for mentors that will serve as an additional resource as needed during your practicum.

Time frame: Applicants can start the program at any time throughout the year, after all required documents are completed and payment is received. The 480 practicum hours must be completed within 12 months of the AIT's start date.

Cost: The cost of the KACE program is $1,900. For this fee you will receive or experience

·        Facilitation of the program by the KACE AIT Coordinator between your Preceptor, Mentor and     KDADS

·        NAB, Nursing Home Administrators Examination Online Study Guide;  

·        Singh, Douglas, A. Effective Management of Long-Term Care Facilities; 

·        Townsend, Joseph E.,  The Principles of Health Care Administration      

·        KACE AIT Resource Manual

·        A mandatory Day in Topeka to meet representatives from Survey & Certification at KDADS, Fire Marshal's office, Licensing Administrator from KDADS Health Occupations Credentialing, Long- Term Care Ombudsman, and others.  

·        Examination Preparation Seminars- held quarterly and taught by professionals currently practicing in the adult care field; included in your fee for KACE AITs, and $200 for other AIT programs

·        Four online practice tests through NAB (two Core and two NHA); and

·        KACE AITs may attend KACE education events free of charge during their AIT program. This includes the KACE convention in August, Tanner-Foster conference in February, KACE Joint Provider, and other education events offered throughout the year 

Membership: KACE AITs will receive one year of free KACE membership after becoming a licensed administrator. 

Scholarships: KACE offers two scholarship opportunities for AITs. The application for both scholarships are due July 15th, and the scholarships are awarded in August. The Bob Bethel Scholarship covers the cost of the AIT program, and the Tanner Foster Scholarship covers the cost of the state and federal exams. AITs can apply for both scholarships. AITs can apply for the scholarships before or after they begin the program. 

2021 Tanner Foster Scholarship Application.pdf

2021 Bob Bethell Scholarship Application.pdf

KDADS: Click here for an overview of the training requirements from KDADS (Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services). 

Application: Click here to apply for the KACE Administrator In Training Program. 

Questions: If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Melissa St. John at, or (785) 273-4393.


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