Nursing Home Administrator Program

Program Overview

This program is offered to Penn State Berks students in partnership with Penn State Abington.

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.

Program Format

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). Enrollment is on-going with eight courses offered in each fall and spring term. 

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.

Course Details

Live online via Zoom
Monday and Wednesday evenings
6:00 pm-9:30pm
$175 per 7.5 hour class (increasing to $185 in March 2023)

NHA Spring 2023 Class Schedule


Start Date

End Date Registration
HPA 5052- Risk Management, Safety, and Insurance 1/17/23 1/18/23 Register
HPA 5038- Preparing for Licensure, Certification, Accreditation, Surveys, and other Regulatory Requirements 1/23/23 1/24/23 Register
HPA 5045- Understanding Regulations, Deficiencies, Plans of Correction, and Quality Assurance 1/30/23 2/1/23 Register
HPA 5048- Health Support Services, Pharmacy, Medical Records, and Diagnostic Services 2/6/23 2/8/23 Register
HPA 5051- Social Services, Family/Community Relationships and Resident Rights 2/13/23 2/15/23 Register
HPA 5046- Nursing Department, Resident Care 2/21/23 2/22/23 Register
HPA 5039- Administration, Organization, and Management of the Long Term Care Facility 2/247/23 3/1/23 Register
HPA 5041- Government in Healthcare Policy, Regulations, and Reimbursements 3/6/23 3/8/23 Register
HPA 5053-Strategic Planning, Marketing 3/13/23 3/15/23 Register
HPA 5049-Facilities Management 3/20/23 3/21/23 Register
HPA 5040-  Gerontology and Diseases of Aging 3/27/23 3/29/23 Register
HPA 5044 - Third Party Reimbursements 4/3/23 4/5/23 Register
HPA 5043 - Personnel Management and Labor Relations 4/10/23 4/12/23 Register
HPA 5050 - Dietary Department, Resident Nutrition 4/17/23 4/19/23 Register
HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care 4/24/23 4/25/23 Register
HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting 5/1/23 5/3/23 Register


NHA Summer 2023 Class Schedule

Course Start Date End Date Registration
HPA 5048 - Health Support Services, Pharmacy, Medical Records and Diagnostic Services 6/5/23 6/7/23 Registration opens 2/9
HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning and Marketing 6/20/23 6/21/23 Registration opens 3/16
HPA 5043 - Personnel Management and Labor Relations 7/17/23 7/19/23 Registration opens 4/13
HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care 8/7/23 8/9/23 Registration opens 4/27



NHA Professional Licensure

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.

Attention Current NHAs:

Do you need NHA CE credits to maintain your Pennsylvania license?  Join us for any/all of the programs above and earn .75 CEUs with each class!

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.