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Nursing Home Administrator 120-Hour Training Program

Are you interested in becoming a nursing home administrator (NHA) in Pennsylvania? If so, this Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators approved specialty program is designed to provide a knowledge core of education for those interested in pursuing a career in the long-term care administration field. Consisting of sixteen modules, each 7.5 hours in length, the 120-hour program is taught by Penn State University faculty and subject matter industry experts. The past and present experience of these professionals includes operational and corporate level positions, licensing board membership, and professional association leadership. Since its inception, this course has never cancelled an offering.

This training program is required for most unlicensed applicants seeking a Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator license. The courses may also serve to satisfy State of Pennsylvania license renewal requirements for current Pennsylvania licensed administrators. Join us for any/all of the programs below and earn 7.5 clock hours of continuing education with each class to satisfy the license renewal requirement.

For information on becoming an NHA in Pennsylvania, please visit the PA State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators Licensure Requirements page.


All sessions will be offered via Zoom. Registrants will be assisted with creating a student account in order to access course materials and Zoom links.


8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fridays (please note there are instances when classes meet on a Saturday)


The registration fee is $2900 for the full program (16 modules) or $200 per module.

Course modules

Fall 2024 Modules and Schedule icon-olus-circle

Modules will be held as described below from 8 am to 4:30 pm 

August 30, 2024 -The Role of Government in Health Policy and Regulation 

This module discusses government involvement in establishing long-term care rules and regulations.

September 6, 2024 - Preparation for Licensure Certification Accreditation Surveys, and Meeting Other Regulatory Requirements 

This module assesses the preparation for surveys and inspections leading to accreditation. Standards of state and federal regulations are reviewed.

September 13, 2024 -  Gerontology, Diseases of Aging 

This class presents the biological and psychosocial theories of the aging process. The stages of death and dying process will be discussed at length.

*Saturday * September 14, 2024 - Risk Management 

This session describes risk management in a long-term care facility. Liability and safety issues, insurance issues, and worker compensation issues will be presented.

September 20, 2024 - Dietary Department and Resident Care 

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.

September 27, 2024 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care 

This module discusses the skilled therapy services of physical, occupational, and respiratory therapy. Recreation Therapy and the Activities Department are also addressed.

October 4, 2024 - Administration, Organization and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility

This session focuses on administration, organization, and management theories. 

October 11, 2024 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting, and Accounting

This session focuses on the financial management of the long-term care facility, and introduces basic accounting terms and theories. 

October 18, 2024 - The Nursing Department and Resident Care Management 

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 25, 2024 - Third Party Reimbursement 

Long-term care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay reimbursements are discussed with case presentations and the appeal process.

November 1, 2024 - Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Public Relations 

This 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.

November 8, 2024 - Understanding Regulations, Deficiencies, Plans of Corrections, and Quality Assurance 

This class presents understanding of compliance of state and federal regulations to prevent deficiencies. Focuses on examples of citations and guidelines to develop an appropriate plan of action. Discusses importance of a quality assurance program to assist in the process.

November 15, 2024 - Social Services, Family and Community Relationships, and Resident Rights 

This class explores the regulations and role of social services in the long-term care facility. Available services to meet resident needs for family and community involvement are discussed.

November 22, 2024 - Personnel Management and Labor Relations 

This program addresses personnel issues and labor relations in the long-term care setting. Performance appraisals, employee benefits, staff development, and communication skills are addressed.


December 6, 2024 -  Health Support Services

This class will discuss the pharmaceutical requirements of the elderly as well as regulations regarding safe drug and treatment administration. Other diagnostic services and components of the clinical record will also be presented.

December 13, 2024 -  Facility Support Services: Bldg./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.


Register online for the fall 2024 program, which will begin in August.

Full program registration closes once the semester begins. Registration for individual modules closes at midnight on the Sunday prior to the start of the module.

Registration and payment must be received prior to the start of the first module you are attending.

Registration contact

Please contact or call 814-865-8301.

Program contact

For general questions, contact Lisa Clapper at 814-865-8898 or

For program content questions, contact Francis King,

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions icon-olus-circle

Q: Where do I find information about becoming a Pennsylvania nursing home administrator (NHA)?

A: The Pennsylvania Department of State provides a snapshot of requirements. Additional links to the full licensing regulations  can be found under the Board Resources links.

Q: Where do I register for the Penn State, University park 120-hour course?

A: Visit our website to view course and non-credit student registration details.

Q: If I complete this course, am I prepared to take the licensing exams?

A: No. This course is one of the requirements for most people interested in becoming a Pennsylvania licensed nursing home administrator. Other requirements are related to education and experience. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to review the licensing regulations for a complete listing of the requirements and various pathways outlined in the regulations.

Q: Do I have to attend all 16 sessions?

A: Yes. Pennsylvania licensing regulations require that all 16 modules be completed.

Q: If I miss a module, are there make-up sessions?

A: No. There are no make-up sessions planned. Students will need to find another approved course or wait until it is offered again by University Park. There are no refunds for missed modules.

Q: Is this course a good guide to studying for the federal and state exams?

A: This course is designed to meet the Pennsylvania requirements of a 120-hour course as prescribed by the licensing board. This course is approved by the licensing board. As such, it addresses those requirements and is not designed or intended to address material that may be contained in the federal and state exams.

Q: Does Penn State provide administrator-in- training (AIT) internships?

A: Obtaining the experience requirements outlined in the regulations is up to the student.

Q: Where do I find information on the AIT requirements?

A: The licensing regulations provide this information.

Q: How long does it take to become an NHA in Pennsylvania?

A: The process can take several months to a few years depending on the pathway chosen from the regulations.

Q: Where can I find study materials?

A: Information for those seeking licensure as an NHA can be found on the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) website.

Q: I am interested in becoming licensed in states besides Pennsylvania. Where can I find information on this?

A: Visit the NAB website for more information.


If your request to cancel is received at least 5 business days in advance, we can issue a partial refund. Send your written request to Lisa Clapper at A $50 administrative fee will be charged for each withdrawal.


Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the program planner, Lisa Clapper, at, at least two weeks prior to the program.