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: $185 per 7.5 hour class 

NHA Fall 2023 Schedule

Course Date Date Registration Notes
HPA 5052 Risk Management 8/21/23 8/23/23 Register  
HPA 5038 Preparing for Licensure 8/28/23 8/30/23 Register  
HPA 5045 - Understanding Regulations 9/5/23 9/6/23 Register  
HPA 5048 - Health Support Services 9/11/23 9/13/23 Register  
HPA 5051 - Social Services, Family/Community Relationships and Resident Rights 9/18/23 9/20/23 Register  
HPA 5046 - Nursing Department, Resident Care 9/25/23 9/27/23 Register  
HPA 5039 - Administration, Organization and Management of the Long Term Care Facility 10/2/23 10/4/23 Register  
HPA 5041 - Government in Healthcare Policy, Regulations and Reimbursements 10/9/23 10/11/23 Register  
HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning 10/16/23 10/18/23 Register  
HPA 5049 - Facilities Management 10/23/23 10/25/23 Register  
HPA 5040 - Gerontology, Diseases of Aging 10/30/23 11/1/23 Register  
HPA 5044 - Third Party Reimbursement 11/6/23 11/8/23 Register  

HPA 5043 - Personnel Management, Labor Relations

11/13/23 11/15/23 Register  
HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting 11/27/23 11/29/23 Register  
HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care 12/4/23 12/6/23 Register  
HPA 5050 - Dietary Department and Resident Nutrition 12/11/23 12/13/23 Register  


​Jamie Merida
Program Coordinator



NHA Professional Licensure

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.