Nursing Home Administrator 120-Hour Training Program

Course Overview

The role of the nursing home administrator is to supervise, plan, develop, monitor, and maintain appropriate standards of care throughout all departments in the nursing home. The nursing home administrator must have effective communication, leadership, and business skills in order to be successful.

This Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators-approved specialty program is designed to provide core knowledge for those interested in pursuing a career in the long term care administration field. The courses may also satisfy State of Pennsylvania license renewal requirements. 

Course Scope

Consisting of sixteen courses, each 7.5 hours in length, the 120-hour program is taught by Penn State University faculty and SMEs (subject matter experts). Enrollment is on-going: begin in the spring and finish in the fall, or begin in the fall and finish in the spring.  The fall session has 8 classes and the spring session has 8.

This training program satisfies the 120-hour education component as part of the NHA exam candidate application.  For information on qualifying for the NHA exam please visit the PA State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators webpage.

Course Details

Delivery: Live online via Zoom
Dates: Monday and Wednesday evenings
Time: 6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 per 7.5 hour class
(16 classes totaling $2,800 for all 120 hours of training)

Fall 2022 Schedule

August 22 & 24, 2022; 6:00-9:30 pm
(HPA 5052) Risk Management, Safety, and Insurance Risk Management, Safety, and Insurance Session

Describes risk management in a long-term care facility. Liability and safety issues, insurance issues, and worker compensation issues will be presented.


August 29 & 31, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5038) Pennsylvania Nursing Homes: Preparing for Licensure/Certification/Accreditation Surveys, and Meeting Other Regulatory Requirements

Review of the preparation for Licensure certification, accreditation surveys and meeting other regulatory requirements. This module reviews the standards of state and federal regulations.


September 6 & 7, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5045) Understanding Regulations, Deficiencies, Plans of Correction and Quality Assurances

Overview of the compliance of state and federal regulations to prevent deficiencies. Examples of citations, appropriate plans of action and quality assurance are also presented.


September 12 & 14, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5048) Health Support Services, Pharmacy, Medical Records & Diagnostic Services.

Review of Health support services including pharmacy, medical records, and diagnostic services. Will discuss pharmaceutical requirements of the elderly and regulations regarding safe drug and treatment administration. 


September 19 & 21, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5051) Social Services, Family and Community Relationships, and Resident Rights

Overview of social services, family and community relationships and resident’s rights. Regulations and the role of social services in the Long-Term Care community. Examples and resources that meet resident’s, family and community needs will be discussed.


September 26 & 28, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5042) Fiscal Management, Budget and Accounting Fiscal Management, Budget, and Accounting

This session focuses on the financial management of the long-term care facility, budgeting, and accounting.


October 3 & 5, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5039) Administration, Organization and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility

This session focuses on administration, organization, and management of the long-term care facility, with emphasis on current and future health care issues.


October 10 & 12, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5041) PA Nursing Homes: Government in Healthcare Policy and Regulation

The Role of Government in Health Care Policy Regulation and Reimbursement - This module discusses government involvement in establishing long term care rules and regulations.


October 17 & 19, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5053) Strategic Planning

Strategic planning, marketing, and public relations module will describe concepts of marketing and public relations in the long-term care facility. Defining and utilizing the mission statement and goal setting to develop a strategic plan will be presented. 


October 24 & 26, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5049) Facilities Support Services 

Facility supports services: building/grounds, housekeeping, laundry, and central supply, this Module will present the regulations governing the external and internal physical environment of the long-term care facility. 


October 31 & November 2, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5040) Gerontology, Diseases of Aging

Gerontology, diseases of aging, death and dying class presents the biological and psychosocial theories of the aging process. The stages of death and dying process will be discussed at length.


November 7 & 9, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5044) Third Party Reimbursements

Long term care reimbursements are discussed with case presentations and the appeal process. 


November 14 & 16, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5050) Dietary Department, Resident Nutrition

Dietary Department and Resident Nutrition - Program will address the nutritional needs of the elderly resident.  Common eating problems/digestive problems will present the importance of assessing and corresponding treatment will be discussed. 


November 28 & 30, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5043) Personnel Management, Labor Relations

Program addresses personnel issues and labor relations in the long-term care setting. Performance appraisals, employee benefits, staff development and communication skills are addressed. 


December 5 & 7, 2022; 6:00 – 9:30pm
(HPA 5047) Rehabilitation Services and Special Care

Rehabilitation services and special care needs this module discusses resident's rights to assessments, treatments, and service delivery systems of the long-term care facility. 


December 12 & 14, 2022; 6:00-9:30pm
(HPA 5046) Nursing Department and Resident Care

This program focuses on the complete nursing care of the resident, utilizing a planned interdisciplinary process.  Patient rights, confidentiality and individualized needs of the resident are preserved.  Staff communication skills and ethical behavior are promoted. 



Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

For more information and to register contact:
Cindy Evans
Education Program Associate
[email protected]