Nursing Home Administrator 120-Hour Training 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 (*note time exceptions in notes column below)
$185 per 7.5 hour class

(*occasionally schedule adjusted due to holiday, instructor conflict)

NHA Fall 2024 Schedule


Start Date

End Date Registration Notes
HPA 5052 - Risk Management 8/19/24 8/21/24 Register  
HPA 5038 - Preparing for Licensure 8/26/24 8/28/24 Register  
HPA 5045 - Understanding Regulations 9/3/24 9/4/24 Register Tuesday & Wednesday session
HPA 5048 - Health Support Services 9/9/24 9/11/24 Register  
HPA 5051 - Social Services, Family/Community Relationships; Resident Rights 9/16/24 9/18/24 Register  
HPA 5046 - Nursing Department, Resident Care 9/23/24   Register Class is one day: 2:00pm to 9:30pm using Zoom
HPA 5039 - Administration, Organization and Management of LTC Facility 9/30/24   Register Class is one day: 2:00pm to 9:30pm using Zoom
HPA 5041 - Government in Healthcare Policy; Regulations and Reimbursements 10/7/24 10/9/24 Register  
HPA 5053 - Strategic Planning 10/14/24 10/16/24 Register  
HPA 5050 - Dietary Department, Residen Nutrition 10/21/24 10/23/24 Register  
HPA 5042 - Fiscal Management, Budgeting and Accounting 10/28/24 10/30/24 Register  
HPA 5043 - Personnel Management, Labor Relations 11/4/24 11/6/24 Register  
HPA 5040 - Gerontology 11/11/24 11/13/24 Register  
HPA 5049 - Facilities Management 11/25/24   Register Class is one day: 2:00pm to 9:30pm using Zoom
HPA 5044 - Third Party Reimbursement 12/2/24 12/4/24 Register  
HPA 5047 - Rehabilitation Services and Special Care 12/9/24 12/11/24 Register  



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:

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.