Long-Term Care Administration, Graduate Certificate


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To become a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Minnesota, students must first meet several coursework requirements set by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). Completing the Long-Term Care Certificate will ensure that students have met these requirements. Once students have completed the required coursework, they will then need to study for and schedule a series of examinations with BENHA. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Aging Studies program director and other Aging Studies faculty as they prepare for the examinations.

Many, though not all, students enrolled in the Aging Studies MS program also pursue the Long-Term Care Administration Graduate Certificate. Other individuals who have completed a four-year degree but are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Minnesota State University, Mankato can also pursue the Certificate. This is a popular option for individuals who work in long-term care settings and want to advance into an administrative role.

Organizational Management Core – Fulfills NHA Subpart 1

  • HLGTH 659: Health Administration

Managerial Accounting Core – Fulfills NHA Subpart 2

  • MBA 630: Accounting for Managers

Gerontology Core (3 credits) – Fulfills NHA Subpart 3

  • SOC 504: Sociology of Aging
  • GERO 600: Gerontology Theory and Practice

Health Care and Medical Needs Core – Fulfills NHA Subpart 4

  • HLTH 555: Health and Aging

Nursing Facility Services Core – Fulfills NHA Subparts 5 & 7*

  • GERO 580: Nursing Home Administration

Human Resources Core (3 credits) – Fulfills NHA Subpart 6

  • MBA 642: Management of Human Resources (2)
  • POL 662: Seminar: Human Resources Management (3)

Practicum – Also required for NHA licensure (1000 hours)

  • GERO 698: Nursing Home Administration Practicum

Note: For NHA licensure, students will also need to take a course in information uses. The only course currently offered at Minnesota State University, Mankato that will fulfill this requirement is an undergraduate course, MGMT 200: Introduction to MIS. However, this course is not required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration.

Gainful Employment Program Information

The program is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information follow these links: