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Nursing Home Administration

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For more information contact Dr. Mary Dellmann Jenkins at

Nursing Home Administration alumnae and students gather for a picture on campus to celebrate the NHA accreditation. Pictured from left to right are Beth Collingwood, Danielle Rychak, Trish Lewis, and Stephanie Petrella.

Preparing Professionals in the Field of Long Term Care Administration

The Nursing Home Administration program at Kent State University is accredited by  the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).  Our program is one of eight NAB accredited programs in the country and one of four in the state of Ohio.  The program is based on standards of excellence established by NAB and strong partnerships with outstanding area senior living communities providing safe and dignified person-centered care.  This accreditation highlights the program's emphasis on developing students to become the next generation of leaders in the long term care profession.

The nursing home administration program at Kent State University focuses on preparing students to become executives in the field of long-term services and supports. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job market for graduates of healthcare management programs is very strong due to the rapidly increasing aging population.  The number of older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and those individuals requiring community services is predicted to double within the next ten years.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national exam offered through the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards and the state exam offered by the Ohio Board of Executives of Long-term Services & Supports (BELTSS). Graduates of the program perform well on both exams due to the interdisciplinary coursework and high quality practicum sites offered in KSU's program.

Special Program Features

The curriculum was developed following the domains from NAB and emphasizes all areas needed to master the national examination. Kent State University's academic program is approved for accreditation from NAB.  Students are required to complete a two semester supervised internship in a licensed nursing home or long term care facility.  This professional training consists of 800-1000 hours of hands-on experience alongside professionals in nursing home administration.  Students in the program are encouraged to become members of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA).  This organization provides opportunities for professional development, leadership and mentoring from leading professionals in the field. 

Concentration Course Requirements:

ACCT 23020 Intro to Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 23021 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3
ARCH 45640 Developing Environments for Older Adults 1-3
GERO 43092 Practicum in NHA I 3-6
GERO 43092 Practicum in NHA II 3-6
GERO 44032 Long Term Care Administration 3
MIS 24163 Principles of Management 3
MIS 34180 Human Resource Management 3
PHIL 40005 Health  Care Ethics 3


Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

  1. Outstanding Human Development Student Scholarship
  2. Dorothy and James Fruit Gerontology Scholarship
  3. John and Alicia Pieper Scholarship
  4. Area Agency on Aging Scholarship (contact Tim Martin at for an application)

For more information on available scholarships in the College of Education, Health and Human Services and eligibility requirements click here.

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