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Nursing Home Administrator Certificate - Non-Credit (0010)

Do you desire to work in a long-term skilled nursing home?  The Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) certificate is your first step in reaching your goal.  This 120-hour program provides you with a core of knowledge required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. (Please note that this 120-hour program is only one of several requirements to sit for the PA NHA licensure exam. The candidate must also perform an 800 to 1000-hour administrator in training experience.  More information can be found in PA Code § 39.5)

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Graduates gain the skills necessary to become a Nursing Home Administrator in less than three months. After completing our program,and receiving your NHA certification, you may enter the workforce and find employment in:various retirement communities and skilled nursing home facilities. 


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Our 120-hour program gives you the necessary knowledge needed and mandated by the PA State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. In our program, you will be taught the responsibilities held by a nursing home administrator, which includes staffing, financial management, supervising residential care, marketing and community outreach. In the end, you will be prepared to sit for the Nursing Home Administrators licensure.

Our program is broken down into 16 modules, which can either be taken within either the fall or spring semesters (by attending both Saturdays and Sundays), or as individual modules to fit your schedule. (Each module can be taken for continuing education units.)  In addition, you have the option to take a 15-hour review course that is offered at the conclusion of the program and helps you prepare for the licensure exam.

Upom successful completion of this certificate, you will be prepared to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a successful nursing home administrator (NHA) and take the NHA licensure examination

Modules are schedule to meet either Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break for eight weeks.

View the HACC program brochure here. (pdf)

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  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Our certificate is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. If you wish to continue your education, you may enroll in any one of HACC's associate degree programs.

Once you complete an associate degree, you can continue your education by having your associate degree credits transferred to a four-year school and pursue a Bachelor's Degree.

For your convenience, you may complete this course at our Lancaster Campus through hybrid instruction. Students have the ability to take their coursework though on-campus/in-person instruction as well as synchronous remote instruction. 


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You can complete spring and fall classes at HACC. Please use the information listed in the "How Can I Learn More" section to contact us to learn start dates and enrollment deadlines.

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