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 (increasing to $185 in March 2023)

Spring 2023 Schedule

HPA 5052 - Risk Management, Safety, and Insurance
January 16–18, 2023

HPA 5038- Preparing for Licensure, Certification, Accreditation, Surveys, and other Regulatory Requirements
January 23–24, 2023

HPA 5045- Understanding Regulations, Deficiencies, Plans of Correction, and Quality Assurance
January 30–February 1, 2023

HPA 5048- Health Support Services, Pharmacy, Medical Records, and Diagnostic Services
February 6–8, 2023

HPA 5051- Social Services, Family/Community Relationships and Resident Rights
February 13–15, 2023

HPA 5046 - Nursing Department, Resident Care
February 20–21, 2023

HPA 5039 - Administration, Organization, and Management of the Long Term Care Facility
February 27–March 1, 2023

HPA 5041- Government in Healthcare Policy, Regulations, and Reimbursements
March 6–8, 2023

HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning, Marketing
March 13–15, 2023

HPA 5049 - Facilities Management
March 20–21, 2023

HPA 5040 - Gerontology and Diseases of Aging
March 27–29, 2023

HPA 5044 - Third Party Reimbursements
April 3–5, 2023

HPA 5043 - Personnel Management and Labor Relations
April 10–12, 2023

HPA 5050 - Dietary Department, Resident Nutrition
April 17–19, 2023

HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care
April 24–25, 2023

HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting
May 1–3, 2023

Summer 2023 Schedule

HPA 5048 - Health Support Services, Pharmacy, Medical Records and Diagnostic Services
June 5–7, 2023
Registration opens 2/9/23

HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning and Marketing
June 20–21, 2023
Registration opens 3/16/23

HPA 5043 - Personnel Management and Labor Relations
July 17–19, 2023
Registration opens 4/13/23

HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care
August 7–9, 2023
Registration opens 4/27/23

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]