Nursing Home Administrator

Nursing home administrators supervise, plan, develop, monitor, and maintain appropriate standards of care throughout all departments in the nursing home. The 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 Overview - 120-Hour Training Program

Course Scope

Consisting of 16 courses, each seven-and-a-half hours in length, the 120-hour program is taught by Penn State University faculty and subject matter experts.  

The fall session has eight classes and the spring session has eight.

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.

NHA Course Details
Live online via Zoom
Monday and Wednesday evenings
6-9:30 p.m.
$175 per seven-and-a-half hour class
(16 classes totaling $2,800 for all 120 hours of training)

NHA Fall 2022 Schedule

August 21 and 23, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5052) Risk Management, Safety, and Insurance
This module describes risk management in a long-term care facility.  Liability and safety issues, insurance issues, and worker compensation issues will be presented.

August 28 and 30, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5038) - Pennsylvania Nursing Homes: Preparing for Licensure/Certification/Accreditation Surveys, and Meeting Other Regulatory Requirements
Review of the preparation for Licensure certification, accreditation surveys, and meeting other regulatory requirements. This module reviews the standards of state and federal regulations.

September 5 and 6, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5045) Understanding Regulations, Deficiencies, Plans of Correction, and Quality Assurances
Overview of the compliance of state and federal regulations to prevent deficiencies. Examples of citations, appropriate plans of action, and quality assurance are also presented.

September 11 and 13, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5048) Health Support Services, Pharmacy, Medical Records & Diagnostic Services.
Review of Health support services including pharmacy, medical records, and diagnostic services. Will discuss pharmaceutical requirements for the elderly and regulations regarding safe drug and treatment administration. 

September 18 and 20, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5051) Social Services, Family and Community Relationships, and Resident Rights
Overview of social services, family and community relationships, and residents’ rights. Regulations and the role of social services in the Long-Term Care community. Examples and resources that meet residents', family, and community needs will be discussed.

 September 25 and 27, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
 (HPA 5046) Nursing Department and Resident Care
This program focuses on the complete nursing care of the resident, utilizing a planned interdisciplinary process. Patient rights, confidentiality, and individualized needs of the resident are preserved. Staff communication skills and ethical behavior are promoted. 

October 2 and 4, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5039) Administration, Organization, and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility
This session focuses on the administration, organization, and management of the long-term care facility, with emphasis on current and future health care issues.

October 9 and 11, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5041) PA Nursing Homes: Government in Healthcare Policy and Regulation:
The Role of Government in Health Care Policy Regulation and Reimbursement
This module discusses government involvement in establishing long-term care rules and regulations.

October 16 and 18, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5053) Strategic Planning
The strategic planning, marketing, and public relations module will describe concepts of marketing and public relations in the long-term care facility. Defining and utilizing the mission statement and goal setting to develop a strategic plan will be presented. 

October 23 and 25, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5049) Facilities Support Services 
The facility supports services: building/grounds, housekeeping, laundry, and central supply, this Module will present the regulations governing the external and internal physical environment of the long-term care facility. 

October 30 and November 1, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5040) Gerontology, Diseases of Aging
This class presents the biological and psychosocial theories of the aging process. The stages of the death and the dying processes will be discussed at length.

November 6 and 8, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5044) Third Party Reimbursements
Long-term care reimbursements are discussed with case presentations and the appeal process. 

November 13 and 15, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5043) Personnel Management, Labor Relations
The program addresses personnel issues and labor relations in the long-term care setting. Performance appraisals, employee benefits, staff development, and communication skills are addressed. 

November 27 and 29, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5042) Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting
This session focuses on the financial management, budgeting and accounting of the Long Term Care Facility.

December 4 and 6, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
(HPA 5047) Rehabilitation Services and Special Care
This module discusses residents' rights to assessments, treatments, and service delivery systems of the long-term care facility. 

December 11 and 13, 2023; 6-9:30 p.m.
 (HPA 5050) Dietary Department and Resident Nutrition
This program will address the nutritional needs of the elderly resident. Common eating problems/digestive problems will present the importance of assessing and corresponding treatment will be discussed.

For more information, contact Continuing Education at 717-749-4118 or [email protected].

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.