How to Use the Study Guide

The intent of this study guide is to provide a detailed review of each Domain of Practice that the entry level administrator is expected to know. These Domains of Practice will guide you as you study for the administrator examination. The most successful test-takers understand the concepts and information versus those trying to memorize. 


The guide provides the details of each principle within the Domain for your study, allowing you to become familiar with it and see the context in which it is applied as an administrator. Additionally, this guide enables you to study by service line, so you can understand how the information is applied within each care environment.

At the end of each domain in this study guide, there are a few practice test questions and Critical Thinking scenarios. They are not intended to take the place of a practice exam, but rather provide guidance and feedback so you understand the why of the correct answer.

This study guide was developed to provide a candidate with an overview of “what you need to know”. It is not a comprehensive body of knowledge of “everything you need to know” to be successful on the examinations. While the study guide will help you to identify areas of knowledge that require you to further your studies, please be aware that simply viewing this study guide alone is NOT enough to prepare a candidate completely for the exam.  It is intended as a supplemental aide in preparing for the examination.

To be successful, it is essential to familiar with the NAB Candidate Handbook (attached to this guide). There is a comprehensive list of recommended references, as well as NAB Examination Specifications. For more information on NAB examinations, please visit

Use this study guide as part of your study process in conjunction with practice exams. Most test-takers use the practice exams in an iterative process. That means they take more than one, adjust their study based on results, and continue to test until they feel they are proficient to attempt the real test.

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