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Nursing Home Administrator Certificate

Becoming a Nursing Home Administrator

Only Five Required Courses

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per Credit $690
  • Credit Hours 15

Program Benefits

  • The NHA certificate fulfills course requirements for licensing in New York.
  • Earn 15 core course requirements.
  • Complete intensive graduate-level work that can serve as a stepping stone to your master’s degree.

Online coursework for Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) licensure.

Our 100% online certificate provides the academic requirements you need to become a Nursing Home Administrator 1.

In our Nursing Home Administrator Certificate program, you’ll dive into management and long-term health care topics, and fulfill the academic requirements to obtain your NHA license1.

From ethical and legal issues, to finance, gerontology, and human resource management, our online courses will cover every aspect needed to prepare you for your career. You will be equipped to distinguish between the social, biological, and psychological issues of aging, and demonstrate an understanding of the management processes used in nursing homes.

Certificate graduates may go on to work in nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or long-term care facilities once obtaining licensure.

Career Outlook

As the nursing home and long-term care industry continues to modernize and evolve, so do the career opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that medical and health services managers are projected to increase at a rate of 18 percent from 2018 through 2028 as the aging baby-boom generation requires advanced health care services.2 With your education requirement completed, graduates can pursue New York State licensure1 and work in nursing home administration in long-term care, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and more.

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Our 15-credit online Nursing Home Administrator certificate fulfills the education requirement for licensure1 in the state of New York. Students will cover the academic topics necessary for nursing home administration and move forward with a career in this growing field.

Utica University offers coursework that satisfies the New York State Department of Health’s academic requirements to become a Nursing Home Administrator.

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Admission Requirements

To apply for the online Certificate of Advanced Studies – Nursing Home Administrator from Utica University, you’ll need:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Résumé
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Personal statement
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from schools attended

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the director and/or department

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This 15-credit online certificate program costs $690 per credit. Utica University is dedicated to making advanced education accessible and affordable.

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Faculty Spotlight

Our nursing home administrator certificate faculty members have a robust background in the heath care administration field. You will gain practical knowledge and comprehensive skills from experts with decades of experience leading health care organizations.

From finance to human resources, our educators hold distinguished awards and honors within the health care industry. You will directly benefit from their instruction and be prepared to continue towards your nursing home administration licensure.

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Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an Enrollment Counselor.

The online Nursing Home Administrator Certificate program can be completed in as little as one year. View the complete curriculum here.

There are options for both full- and part-time students.

The online Nursing Home Administrator Certificate costs $690 per credit hour with a total estimated tuition of $10,350. Learn more about tuition here.

To apply for the online Nursing Home Administrator Certificate program, you must submit an online application, your official transcripts from all schools attended, a personal statement, your resume, and two letters of recommendation. View the complete list of admission requirements here.

This program consists of five required courses. Those who complete the Nursing Home Administrator Certificate may apply their credits toward the MHA program.

Visit our curriculum page to view the full list of coursework requirements.

In some states, such as New York, the curriculum of Utica University’s online Nursing Home Administration Certificate meets the course requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure. Potential applicants should check with their state’s licensing agency or contact an enrollment counselor at 315-732-2640 or toll-free at 866-295-3106 to verify the necessary coursework. You can view this grid to verify licensure requirements in the state in which you plan to practice.

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  1. In some states, such as New York, the curriculum of Utica University’s online Nursing Home Administration Certificate meets the course requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure. Potential applicants should check with their state’s licensing agency or contact an Enrollment Counselor at (315) 732-2640 or toll-free at (866) 295-3106 to verify the necessary coursework. Faculty advisers are available to work with students to offer guidance and help them meet the academic requirements of this field.
  2. Medical and Health Services Managers – Job Outlook. (2020). Retrieved August 27, 2020, from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website:
  3. View this state/program licensing grid on our state authorization page.