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

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.

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.

NHA Fall 2023 Schedule

  • Delivery: Live online via Zoom
  • Dates: Monday and Wednesday evenings
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Cost: $185 per 7.5 hour class

Fall 2023

Course Start Date End Date Registration
HPA 5052 - Risk Management Monday,
August 21
Wednesday, August 23 HPA 5052
HPA 5038 - Preparing for Licensure Monday,
August 28
August 30
HPA 5038
HPA 5045 - Understanding Regulations Monday, September 5 Wednesday,
September 6
HPA 5045
HPA 5048 - Health Support Services Monday,
September 11
September 13
HPA 5048
HPA 5051 - Social Services, Family/Community Relationships, and Resident Rights Monday,
September 18
September 20
HPA 5051
HPA 5046 - Nursing Department, Resident Care Monday,
September 25
September 27
HPA 5046
HPA 5039 - Administration, Organization and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility Monday, October 2 Wednesday,
October 4
HPA 5039
HPA 5041 - Government in Healthcare Policy, Regulations and Reimbursements Monday, October 9 Wednesday,
October 11
HPA 5041
HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning Monday, October 16 Wednesday,
October 18
HPA 5053
HPA 5049 - Facilities Management Monday, October 23 Wednesday,
October 25
HPA 5049
HPA 5040 - Gerontology, Diseases of Aging Monday, October 30 Wednesday,
November 1
HPA 5040
HPA 5044 - Third Party Reimbursement Monday, November 6 Wednesday,
November 8
HPA 5044
HPA 5043 - Personnel Management, Labor Relations Monday, November 13 Wednesday,
November 15
HPA 5043
HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting Monday, November 27 Wednesday,
November 29
HPA 5042
HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care  Monday, December 4 Wednesday,
December 6
HPA 5047
HPA 5050 - Dietary Department and Resident Nutrition Monday, December 11 Wednesday,
December 13
HPA 5050


Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances