Nursing Home Administration (Unit One)

This program will be hosted online via zoom 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each Saturday. Registration will open on July 1, 2021. If you have questions, please reach out to us.


This program’s instructional time is offered live, online as an interactive virtual learning experience.

This program runs each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September 11, 2021 through October 16, 2021. Outside readings, offline examinations, or other individual exercises may be required. See detailed schedule below.


The role of the nursing home administrator is to manage the day-to-day operations of a nursing home. This is accomplished through  planning and maintaining standards of care, supervising others, and providing leadership to all departments in the nursing home. By participating in this program, you will prepare yourself for the latest licensure examination topics while also prepare yourself for the complexities of becoming a nursing home administrator. The instructors share their expertise and experiences with you to help you immediately apply what you learn. We invite you to consider attending this highly respected program.

Full completion of the Nursing Home Administrator program will meet the educational requirements to allow participants to apply for the State of Michigan’s educational examination for licensure. Upon successful completion of the program, you may apply for a license. The State of Michigan will match your application to the education verification that we submit directly to the State upon successful completion of this program and all our requirements. You will then be eligible to take the CORE and LOS examinations administered through the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). The State of Michigan will verify that you passed the examinations and met all other requirements before issuing you a license. Please go to the LARA site for instructions on applying for your license.

Please note: This program is for Michigan licensing only. Some participants near the Michigan state line have attended this program and subsequently worked in Michigan facilities once licensed.

“One my favorite things about this program is working with the instructors. They are all from the industry, and they are currently working in their respective fields. Because of this, our instructors are able to bring a great wealth of knowledge to the students through discussion of current situations and how they have handled things in the past. They also give the students a really good idea of what the job will entail and how to be successful as a Nursing Home Administrator.”

– Marcie Stowell, Program Director


All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

Session 1  – Saturday, September 11, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Leadership: Leadership Roles and Styles

Session 2 – Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Leadership: Preparing for the Profession of Nursing Home Administration and the Principles That Drive Operations (QAPI)

Session 3 – Saturday, Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Customer Care & Leadership: Keys to Continuing Success Year-to-Year

Session 4 – Saturday, Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Leadership: Understanding the Legal Environment Unique to the Industry

Session 5 – Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET 

Human Resources: Understanding Employment Law

Session 6 – Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Human Resources: Knowing Your Labor Force & Developing/Growing Your Employee Team

“I thought the Saturday classes were really convenient!”

– 2021 Program Graduate

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, you will:

  • Have an enhanced understanding of how to be an effective nursing home administrator
  • Understand key functions within the nursing home environment, including: customer care, supports, and services; human resources;
    environment; and management and leadership
  • Be eligible and ready to take the NAB licensure exam

Each unit will cover one or more areas of the NAB Examination.

Unit One (Starts September 11, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each Saturday)

  • Customer Care, Supports, and Services
  • Human Resources
  • Management and Leadership

Unit Two (Starts October 23, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each Saturday)

  • Customer Care, Supports, and Services

Unit Three (Starts January 8, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each Saturday)

  • Customer Care, Supports, and Services
  • Environment

Unit Four (Starts February 19, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each Saturday)

  • Customer Care, Supports, and Services
  • Finance
  • Management and Leadership


Each unit will cover one or more areas of the NAB Examination: Customer Care, Supports and Services; Human Resources; Management and Leadership; and Environment.

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Required Attendance

The Nursing Home Administration Program offers 144 clock-hours of instruction. To complete the program, participants must attend 128 clock hours (90%). The instruction is delivered in four units. There are 6 sessions per unit, for a total of 24 sessions in the program. You are permitted to miss 2 of the 24 sessions without penalty or additional work required. You may miss up to two additional sessions but will need to complete additional assignments to demonstrate that you understand the materials from those missed sessions. After that, you will need to repeat units in order to earn the certificate and to be eligible to sit for the licensure exam.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in nursing home administration and those individuals currently involved in health care administration who wish to review and update their skills in the field.

To register for the program, there are no educational requirements and there are no prerequisite classes. Any educational background is accepted, and participants of all educational levels have had success in our NHA program.

“My Administrator went through the course and had nothing but great things to say about it.  He raved about it and I was very excited to register and start. I have not been disappointed. This is a wonderful experience.”

– 2021 program graduate


This program is offered live, online.

In a live, online delivery, you will log into a web conferencing platform to participate in the program. You will interact with the instructor, the producer, and your fellow participants. The instructor is focused on delivering content to you in an engaging way. The producer is focused on helping you and the instructor with all technical aspects of the class as well as engaging with you using virtual tools, like Chat.

We recommend that you use a computer, laptop, or tablet during the program. We give you materials digitally, and they are easier to see and use on a bigger screen.

*If you haven’t used Zoom before, we will walk you through how to log in and use the Zoom tools before you start your first session. All past participants have found that Zoom is very easy to use on their devices.

Here are a few comments from prior participants:

  • Online classes made it very convenient and MSU has a great reputation for quality education.
  • The best live, online program I have ever participated in!
  • Very glad that my coworker mentioned this program to me, since I’ve been trying to enroll for the NHA program, but the travel is what usually hinders me to enroll.
  • I appreciated that the session was interactive and engaging.
  • The course was very well put together (both preparing and online logistics and the course materials, before and during the course).


$925 per unit. You do not need to buy books. All materials will be provided to you during the program.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available if arranged prior to the program start date. We typically divide the overall program fee into two or three payments, but we will consider other payment arrangements if provided in writing before the start of a unit. Please contact for more information.

Please note: Because this is a non-credit program, financial aid, scholarships, and tuition assistance are not available.


All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellation requested greater than 15 days prior to the start of a program will be processed without a cancellation fee. In these situations, any payments made will either be returned or credited towards a future program. All credits must be used within one year of the date of issuance. Cancellations requested within 15 days prior to the start of the program will be limited to unexpected emergency situations and are subject to a cancellation fee. Participant substitutions are welcome at any time prior to the start of the program. If a registered participant does not attend the program and does not notify us in advance, the participant will be charged the full program fee.

How To Register

You can register right on our website using the Registration button at the top of this page. This is a non-credit program, and you do not need to apply to Michigan State University as a student.

This program is composed of four units. You can start with any unit. To complete the entire program, you will need to register for and attend all four units. You may sign up for one unit at time or you may register for all four units at the same time. Though you do not need to start with Unit One, though the units do need to be taken in order. You can start the program with the next available unit. For example, you could start with Unit Three and then take Units Four, One, and Two in that order.

Please note that we cannot currently accept hours completed at another institution.


Have a question? Contact us anytime at or 517-353-8711.