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Nursing Home Administration - Graduate Certificate

The Nursing Home Administration graduate certificate offers courses in management, finance, marketing and more, all focused on the unique needs of nursing home administration. With flexible online coursework and experienced faculty, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage a nursing home and other senior living services to improve the quality of care for its residents. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for NHA and HSE licensure.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Nursing Home Administration graduate certificate prepares individuals to apply managerial principles to the administration of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care, home health services, senior living communities, retirement communities and other long-term services and supports. Individualized coursework may include instruction in social and clinical aspects of aging, health care delivery systems, long-term care administration, aging policy and government programs, ethics, business management, financial management, human resource management, marketing and applicable laws and regulations.

The program prepares graduates for the national and state licensure examinations required in the State of Ohio to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA). Once licensed, individuals are qualified to lead organizations in the field of long-term care services and supports. The certificate is particularly appropriate for graduate students from any discipline who are interested in long-term care, but also for individuals currently working in the long-term care field who wish to advance their career as an executive of long-term care services and supports.

Students should be able to complete the certificate within one academic year or three semesters. The certificate includes an internship as required by the State of Ohio in a skilled nursing facility.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form
  • Statement of personal goals and professional objectives
  • Documented experience and/or coursework in the field of aging or a related field
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score
1

International applicants who do not meet the above test scores will not be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Spring Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Summer Term
    • Rolling admissions
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the Domains of Practice as established by National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards in order to successfully pass the nursing home administrator licensure exams.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the Domains of Practice as evidenced by passing the online practice exams.
  3. Earn the Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) credential.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements
LTCA 54032LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION I (min B- grade)3
LTCA 63092INTERNSHIP IN NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR/HEALTH SERVICES EXECUTIVE I (min B grade)6
LTCA 63192INTERNSHIP IN NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR/HEALTH SERVICES EXECUTIVE II 6
Certificate Elective, choose from the following:3
ARCH 55640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
GERO 61191
INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN GERONTOLOGY
HDF 54039
BEREAVEMENT, TRAUMA AND OTHER LOSSES
HPM 63003
HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
PADM 60574
STRATEGIC PLANNING
SOC 52010
DEATH AND DYING
Related Course with Advisor Approval
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

LTCA 54032 recommended to be taken prior to LTCA 63092 and LTCA 63192​.

2

Internship enrollment by permission only. LTCA 63092 and LTCA 63192 must be completed consecutively.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Certificate GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 3.000
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a 40 hour volunteer experience at a skilled nursing facility if missing from their current academic or work experience.
  • State/Federal background checks may be required for some internship sites. Results indicating one of the disqualifying offenses, whether expunged or current, may result in the inability to be placed at a skilled nursing facility for the required internship hours and may prevent the applicant from applying for licensure required to operate a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility. Contact the Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) for licensure eligibility with a disqualifying offense. Please see faculty advisor for more information.
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
LTCA 54032 LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION I 3
LTCA 63092 INTERNSHIP IN NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR/HEALTH SERVICES EXECUTIVE I 6
 Credit Hours9
Semester Two
LTCA 63192 INTERNSHIP IN NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR/HEALTH SERVICES EXECUTIVE II 6
Certificate Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
    • Stark Campus
Examples of Possible Careers
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Assisted Living Administrator
  • Executive Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Admissions/Social Services Director
  • Human Resources
  • Manager/Director
  • Life Enrichment Director
  • Physician Practice Administrator

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