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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.
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).
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.
(HPA 5038) Preparations for Licensure
Review of the preparation for Licensure certification, accreditation surveys and meeting other regulatory requirements. This module reviews the standards of state and federal regulations.
(HPA 5045) Understanding Regulations
Understanding regulations, deficiencies, plans of corrections 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.
(HPA 5048) Health Support Services
Review of health support services including pharmacy, medical records and diagnostic services. Will discuss pharmaceutical requirements of the elderly and regulations regarding safe drug and treatment administration.
(HPA 5051) Social Services, Family and Community
Overview of social services, family and community relationships and resident’s rights. Regulations and the role of social services in the Long-Term Care community. Examples and resources that meet resident’s, family and community needs will be discussed.
(HPA 5042) Fiscal Management, Budget and Accounting
This session focuses on the financial management, budgeting and accounting of the Long-Term Care Facility.
(HPA 5039) Administration and Organization of the Long-Term Care Facility
This program discusses the administration, organization and management of the Long-Term Care facility with an emphasis on current and future health care issues.
(HPA 5041) The Role of Government
Discussion of the Government involvement in establishing Long-Term Care regulations and rules.
(HPA 5052) Risk Management
Learn about Risk Management, Safety and Insurance in a Long-Term Care Facility. Liability, safety and workers compensation issues will also be presented.
Cancellations and Refunds
Payment is due upon registration. Registration cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until one week prior to the first class. After that, the individual may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
Qualifying for the NHA Exam
For more information about qualifications required to take the NHA exam, which is arranged and paid separately by the NHA training student following completion of the 120-hour program, please see the PA State website here.
Professional Licensure and Certification Compliance
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.