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Nursing Home Administrator Certificate

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 29 to 31
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The Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) online Certificate program prepares individuals for the regulatory and business principles of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health services, and other long-term care services. The certificate content consists of courses required for the state of Minnesota licensure and preparation for the National Association of Nursing Home Administrator Board (NAB) exam to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA). The certificate courses reside within the Health Management program, accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). Every state requires nursing home administrators to be licensed. Minnesota and most other states require candidates to have at least a Bachelor's degree, prior to or during the completion of the required certificate courses. Once licensed, individuals are qualified to lead organizations in the field of long-term care (LTC) services. During the online coursework, students will also be required to successfully complete an internship, or practicum, for experiential learning and aspects of regulatory and leadership education not always or consistently included in the courses. The internship will occur in the areas of a skilled nursing home (primarily), assisted living, and other LTC services and supports. The site will be approved by faculty prior to commencing the internship. Application to the certificate program is required along with completion of a Bachelorís degree from an accredited institution of higher learning as demonstrated by a transcript or in tandem with the completion of a degree from the University of Minnesota schools with a minimum 2.8 GPA Candidates with coursework completed within a maximum of a four-year/twelve semester timeframe. A Bachelor or Masterís degree obtained greater than seven years requires evidence of continued competency such as work experience or continuing education.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
Application to the Nursing Home Administrator certificate program is required along with completion of a Bachelorís degree from an accredited institution of higher learning as demonstrated by a transcript or in tandem with the completion of a degree from the University of Minnesota schools. A minimum 2.8 GPA is required with course work completed within a maximum of a four-year/twelve semester timeframe. A Bachelor or Masterís degree obtained longer than seven-years requires evidence of continued competency such as work experience or continuing education.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Required courses
ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II (3.0 cr)
HSM 3030 - Health Care and Medical Needs (3.0 cr)
HSM 3200 - Health Care Leadership and Planning (4.0 cr)
HSM 3230 - Administration of the Long Term Care System (3.0 cr)
HSM 4210 - Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics (4.0 cr)
HSM 4212 - Regulatory Management (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3220 - Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOC 3937 - Social Gerontology: Elders in American Society (3.0 cr)
Internship
3 to 5 credits of the below internship class is required.
HSM 3900 - Internship (1.0-5.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
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ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Modern accounting concepts. Cash flow statement. Analysis of financial statements. Management accounting topics, including cost-volume-profit analysis, and costing methods. prereq: 2101
HSM 3030 - Health Care and Medical Needs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Common health conditions, diseases, disabilities. Intervention/treatment issues. Health care/medical needs across age continuum. Medical/pharmacologic terminology. prereq: 1010
HSM 3200 - Health Care Leadership and Planning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Organizational management characteristics for modern health care settings. Management process/roles addressing resource allocation, delivery of clinical services, governance, patient satisfaction, outcome evaluation. prereq: 2010 or 38 or more occupational credits
HSM 3230 - Administration of the Long Term Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Programs/services to meet needs of aging population. Physical, social, psychological aspects of aging. Role, organization, function, management characteristics of long-term health care facilities. Administrative structures, staffing, changing work force. Governance, operations oversight.
HSM 4210 - Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Legal/bioethical issues in health care management. Professional licensing, certification, reporting. Liability, negligence, malpractice. Patient rights/responsibilities. Clinical outcomes assessment/measurement. prereq: 3200
HSM 4212 - Regulatory Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Health care funding/reimbursement processes. Compliance/regulatory mechanisms. Federal/state surveys. prereq: 3200
MGMT 3220 - Human Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management of people at work. Recruitment, selection, training, compensation, evaluation. Changing nature of world of work, labor market, labor relations, emerging legal issues, discrimination in pay and employment, effects of technological change on jobs/employment performance. prereq: Mgmt 3200
SOC 3937 - Social Gerontology: Elders in American Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of characteristics/concerns of older persons. Physical, social, psychological, and cultural factors associated with aging. Individual outside work with older person.
HSM 3900 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Ten-week field experience under direction of a faculty member in a health care organization or agency. Students complete agency/organization assessment and major project. prereq: 3200, 3230, 4210, 4212, instructor consent, internship plan approved by HSM program director; may be repeated in different health care setting