Nursing Home Administration

UW–Madison’s Nursing Home Administration certificate prepares long-term care professionals for the Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam. Study online to learn federal and state regulations and the practice of long-term care.


Is this program right for you?

Advance your career in the field of nursing home/long-term care administration with the Nursing Home Administration certificate from UW–Madison. Our program addresses a broad range of issues related to long-term care to help prepare you to enter the field of long-term care administration. It also fulfills the State of Wisconsin’s requirements for taking Wisconsin’s Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) licensing exam. If you plan to sit for the NHA exam, this program is right for you.

Gain knowledge in a wide range of long-term care topics including ethics, pharmaceutical and dietary services, finance, legislation, leadership, and more. Successful candidates will understand the facts, concepts, and practice skills necessary to become an effective nursing home administrator.

The highly accessible online coursework allows you to complete the lectures and assignments on a schedule that is convenient for you. You learn from professionals with advanced practice expertise and experience, and benefit from a depth of resources that will help you better understand quality long-term care. You may begin the program at any time and must complete it within one year of registration, at which time you will be ready to take the NHA licensing exam and enter the field of long-term care administration.

Is this program right for you?

Advance your career in the field of nursing home/long-term care administration with the Nursing Home Administration certificate from UW–Madison. Our program addresses a broad range of issues related to long-term care to help prepare you to enter the field of long-term care administration. It also fulfills the State of Wisconsin’s requirements for taking Wisconsin’s Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) licensing exam. If you plan to sit for the NHA exam, this program is right for you.

Gain knowledge in a wide range of long-term care topics including ethics, pharmaceutical and dietary services, finance, legislation, leadership, and more. Successful candidates will understand the facts, concepts, and practice skills necessary to become an effective nursing home administrator.

The highly accessible online coursework allows you to complete the lectures and assignments on a schedule that is convenient for you. You learn from professionals with advanced practice expertise and experience, and benefit from a depth of resources that will help you better understand quality long-term care. You may begin the program at any time and must complete it within one year of registration, at which time you will be ready to take the NHA licensing exam and enter the field of long-term care administration.

Registration Information

Students must have experience working in a skilled nursing facility. For additional details, please review the Department of Safety and Professional Services website.

How You'll Learn

  • Start the online coursework at any time; complete the program within one year of registration.
  • Complete 12 hour-long audio lectures and corresponding assignment.
  • Submit your assignments online for instructor review.
  • Instructor posts assignment feedback for students online.

Sample Curriculum

  • Introduction to Long-Term Care
  • Legislation
  • Aging Process and Gerontology
  • Long-Term Care: Chronic Diseases
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Ethical Issues
  • Unique Nature of Health Administration
  • Nursing and Physician Services
  • Dietary and Activity Services
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Social Work Services
  • The Evolving Management Role
  • Planning for Change
  • Organizing and Delegating
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Basics of Finance and Accounting
  • Law and Personnel Management
  • Measurement and Control
  • Employee Relations

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