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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 experts. This course is required for most unlicensed applicants seeking a Pennsylvania NHA license. 

The courses may also serve to satisfy State of Pennsylvania license renewal requirements. 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.


8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fridays (please note there are 3 classes that meet on Saturday)


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

Modules and Schedule icon-olus-circle

Modules will be held as detailed below from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

January 12, 2024 — The Role of Government in Health Policy and Regulation

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

*Saturday* January 13, 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.

January 19, 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.

January 26, 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.

February 2, 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.

February 9, 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.

February 16, 2024 — Administration, Organization and Management of the Long-Term Care Facility

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

*Saturday* February 17, 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. 

February 23, 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.

March 1, 2024 — Third Party Reimbursement

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

March 8, 2024 — *No Class, Spring Break*

March 15, 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.

March 22, 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.

March 29, 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.

April 5, 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.

April 12, 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.

April 19, 2024 — Facility Support 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.

April 26, 2024 — Industry Professionals Presentations (this meeting is optional as it is not a required part of the state approved curriculum)

We are currently working on the schedule for Fall 2024. We anticipate to have our schedule and registration available soon. To be notified when the schedule and registration is available, please email Lisa Clapper at LRC139@PSU.EDU.


We encourage online registration for the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator Training Program. You may either register for the full program or select the individual modules you need. On Jan. 12, 2024 the option for full registration ended; however individual module registration is available until midnight on the Sunday prior to the start of the module. 

We are currently working on registration for the Fall 2024 program which will begin in August and anticipate online registration will be available late March. If you would like to be notified when registration open, please email Lisa Clapper at LRC139@PSU.EDU.

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 LRC139@PSU.EDU

For program content questions, contact Francis King,


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.