Nursing Home Administrator Training

120-Hour Training Program for Nursing Home Administrator

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

This training program satisfies the 120-hour education component as part of the NHA exam candidate application.  For information on qualifying for the Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) exam, please visit requirements for admission to licensing examination; examination procedures.

Consisting of sixteen courses, each 7.5 hours in length, the 120-hour program is taught by Penn State faculty and subject matter experts (SMEs). Enrollment is ongoing: begin in the spring and finish in the fall, or begin in the fall and finish in the spring.  The fall and spring sessions each have eight classes, for a total of sixteen sessions.

NHA Schedule Spring 2024

  • Date: January 16 - May 1
  • Time: Two-day courses are Monday/Tuesday or Tuesday/Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and courses that are schedule for one day are 2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. *
  • Delivery: Online Instructor-led training via Zoom
  • Cost: $185 per 7.5 hour class

*Occasionally the schedule is adjusted due to holidays or instructor conflict.

Course Start Date End Date Registration
HPA 5052 - Risk Management

Tuesday, January 16

Wednesday, January 17 HPA 5052
Registration
HPA 5038 - Preparing for Licensure Tuesday,
January 23
Wednesday,
January 24
HPA 5038
Registration
HPA 5045 - Understanding Regulations Monday, January 29 Wednesday,
January 31
HPA 5045
Registration
HPA 5048 - Health Support Services Monday,
February 5
Wednesday,
February 7
HPA 5048
Registration
HPA 5051 - Social Services, Family/Community Relationships, and Resident Rights Monday,
February 12
Wednesday,
February 14
HPA 5051
Registration
HPA 5046 - Nursing Department, Resident Care Tuesday,
February 20
Wednesday,
February 21
HPA 5046
Registration
HPA 5039 - Administration, Organization and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility Tuesday, February 27 Wednesday,
February 28
HPA 5039
Registration
HPA 5041 - Government in Healthcare Policy, Regulations and Reimbursements Monday, March 4 Wednesday,
March 6
HPA 5041
Registration
HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning Monday, March 11 Wednesday,
March13
HPA 5053
Registration
HPA 5049 - Facilities Management Monday, March 18   HPA 5049
Registration
HPA 5040 - Gerontology, Diseases of Aging Monday, March 25 Wednesday,
March 27
HPA 5040
Registration
HPA 5043 - Personnel Management, Labor Relations Monday,
April 1
Wednesday,
April 3
HPA 5043
Registration
HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budget and Accounting Monday,
April 8
  HPA 5042
Registration
HPA 5050 - Dietary Department and Resident Nutrition Monday,
April 15
Tuesday,
April 15
HPA 5050
Registration
HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care Monday, 
 April 22
Wednesday,
April 24
HPA 5047
Registration
HPA 5044 -Third Party Reimbursement Monday, 
April 29
Wednesday,
May 1
HPA 5044
Registration

NHA Schedule Summer 2024

  • Date: May 18 - May 22
  • Time: Tuesday/Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. *
  • Delivery: Online Instructor-led training via Zoom
  • Cost: $185 per 7.5 hour class

*Occasionally the schedule is adjusted due to holidays or instructor conflict.

Course Start Date End Date Registration
HPA 5049 - Facilities Management

Tuesday,
May 13

Wednesday,
May 15
HPA 5052
Registratio
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HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting Tuesday,
May 20
Wednesday,
May 22
HPA 5038
Registration

NHA Schedule Fall 2024

  • Date: Session begins August 19
  • Time: To be determined
  • Delivery: Online Instructor-led training via Zoom
  • Cost: $185 per 7.5 hour class