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Nursing Home Administrator Certificate

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  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2022. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Interested students should review the Health Services Executive Certificate.
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 32 to 34
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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
Nursing Home Administrator Certificate
Take 10 or more course(s) totaling 29 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II (3.0 cr)
· HSM 3030 - Health & Disease for Aging Populations (3.0 cr)
· HSM 3200 - Health Care Leadership and Planning (3.0 cr)
· HSM 3230 - Administration of the Long Term Care System (3.0 cr)
· HSM 3250 - Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Health Care (3.0 cr)
· HSM 4210 - Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics (3.0 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
Take 3 - 5 credit(s) from the following:
· HSM 3900 - Health Management Internship (1.0-12.0 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. Liabilities, partnerships, corporations, statement of cash flows, and financial statements analysis. Enforced prereq: ACCT 2101
HSM 3030 - Health & Disease for Aging Populations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Covers changes, syndromes, conditions, disorders, palliative care, terminology, and trends associated for aged populations. Recommended prereqs: HSM 1010
HSM 3200 - Health Care Leadership and Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory and application of basic theories and concepts of leadership within the health care industry to successfully guide and direct organizations.
HSM 3230 - Administration of the Long Term Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Management of nursing and residential care facilities within the long-term care industry. Focuses on roles and responsibilities, laws, regulations, standards, structure, staffing, diversity, human relationships, and operations.
HSM 3250 - Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Evaluation of industry practices associated with patient quality and safety. Includes the use of continuous quality improvement as a framework to improve quality of care. Recommended prereq: HSM 2010
HSM 4210 - Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to laws, regulations, and ethical responsibilities of physicians, managers, and organizations. The course also includes a review of the development of law and regulations. Recommended prereq: HSM 2010
HSM 4212 - Regulatory Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Covers the statutes and rules associated with the operations of longer-term care organizations including surveys, standards of care, resident rights, resident assessment, and quality assurance. Recommended prereqs: HSM 2010, 3230, 4210
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 - Health Management Internship
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Field experience within a health care organization or agency under the direction of a faculty member. Students will work with an approved precentor and organization to complete the required elements including observation, participation, and application of health care administrative and management skills. Enforced prereqs: HSM 3270, and Instructor consent, internship plan approved by HSM program director; may be repeated in different health care setting Recommend prereqs: HSM 3200, 3250, 4210