Nursing Home Administrator Training

What is a Nursing Home Administrator?

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 120-hour 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). 

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
  • Registration

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

NHA Schedule Fall 2024

  • Dates: August 19 - December 11, 2024
  • Time: Monday and Wednesday evenings* 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Delivery: Online Instructor-led training via Zoom
  • Cost: $185 per 7.5 hour class

*Note: Day exceptions are noted below.

Course Start Date End Date Registration
Risk Management (HPA 5052)-

Monday, August 19

Wednesday, August 21 HPA 5052
Preparing for Licensure (HPA 5038) Monday,
August 26
August 28
HPA 5038
Understanding Regulations (HPA 5045) Tuesday, September 3 Wednesday,
September 4
HPA 5045
Health Support Services (HPA 5048) Monday,
September 9
September 11
HPA 5048
Social Services, Family/Community Relationships, and Resident Rights (HPA 5051) Monday,
September 16
September 18
HPA 5051
Nursing Department, Resident Care (HPA 5046) Monday,
September 23
September 25
HPA 5046
Administration, Organization and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility (HPA 5039) Monday, September 30 Wednesday,
October 2
HPA 5039
Government in Healthcare Policy, Regulations and Reimbursements (HPA 5041) Monday, October 7 Wednesday,
October 9
HPA 5041
Strategic Planning (HPA 5053) Monday, October 14 Wednesday,
October 16
HPA 5053
Facilities Management (HPA 5049) Monday, October 21 Wednesday, October 23 HPA 5049
Gerontology (HPA 5040) Monday, October 28 Wednesday,
October 30
HPA 5040
Personnel Management, Labor Relations (HPA 5043) Monday,
November 4
November 6
HPA 5043
Fiscal Management, Budget and Accounting (HPA 5042) Monday,
November 11
Wednesday, November 13 HPA 5042
Registration TBD
Dietary Department and Resident Nutrition (HPA 5050) Monday,
November 25
November 27
HPA 5050
Registration TBD
Rehabilitation Services and Special Care (HPA 5047) Monday, 
December 2
December 4
HPA 5047
Registration TBD
Third Party Reimbursement (HPA 5044) Monday, 
December 9
December 11
HPA 5044
Registration TBD 

Attention Current NHAs:

Personal Care Home Administrator Competency Exam

If you are a currently licensed NHA in Pennsylvania you are eligible to sit for the PCHA exam.  Call the Continuing Education Office at 215-881-7400 to schedule the exam. 

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