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College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294


The Nursing Home Administration (NHA) Certificate program prepares individuals to apply managerial principles to the administration of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care, home health services, and other long term care 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. Additionally, it 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 (LTC) services and supports. It is particularly appropriate for graduate students from any discipline who are interested in LTC, but also for individuals currently working in the field of LTC who wish to advance their career as an executive of long term care services and supports.

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. The 18 credit hour certificate includes a practicum as required by the State of Ohio in a skilled nursing facility.

This certificate program is grounded in the latest research of best practices in LTC and is designed to prepare future leaders in the field of LTC.

Note: State/federal background checks may be required for some practicum/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 practicum hours and may prevent the applicant from applying for licensure required to operate a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility. Please see faculty advisor for more information. 

Admission Requirements

Application to the program is required along with completion of a Bachelor's degree program with a minimum 3.00 GPA and documented experience and/or coursework in HDFS related areas.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

Program should be completed within one academic year or three semesters. NHA Practicum I and II must be completed consecutively. A 3.00 GPA must be maintained throughout the program.

Course Title Credits
GERO 54032 Long Term Care Administration 1 3
GERO 63092 Practicum in Nursing Home Administration I 2 6
GERO 63192 Practicum in Nursing Home Administration II 6
Choose from the following: 3
ARCH 55640 Developing Environments for Older Adults (3)  
GERO 61191 Interdisciplinary Seminary In Gerontology (3)  
HDFS 54039 Bereavement, Trauma and Other Losses (3)  
HPM 53003 Health Care Systems (3)  
PADM 60574 Strategic Planning (3)  
SOC 52010 Death and Dying (3)  
Other related 3 credit hour course with approval of advisor  
  1. GERO 54032 recommended to be taken prior to 63092 and 63192.
  2. Practicum enrollment by permission only.