Nursing Home Administration - Courses

NHA 450: Nursing Home Administration (4 credits/6 weeks)

Nursing home administrators take charge of many of the long-term operations of an elderly care home, such as managing finances, establishing policies, directing employees and much more. This is a multi-faceted job which requires a number of educational credentials as well as licensure from one's state.

This module covers content that includes all of the domains of practice, as established by the American College of Health Care Administrators, and will provide students with a broad based overview of the field of Nursing Home Administration. In addition, the content in this module is solely oriented towards educating students for licensure as nursing home administrators.

SOC 300 NH: Gerontology (3 credits/5 weeks)

This course is provides an overview of the aging process and problems associated with normal growth and development, with an emphasis on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that meet the needs of older adults. The course will also address behavioral health issues associated with aging, including psycho-social impact of cultural and cohort influences. A discussion of prevention, diagnosis, assessment, and intervention as well as an examination of legislation affecting older adults will be reviewed. In addition, an understanding the death and dying process as a normal part of the life cycle and an examination of the specific care needed to care for the dying patient and (their) family as they complete the last stage of growth and development will also be considered.

NHA 400: Health Care Policy, Ethics and Law (5 credits/7 weeks)

This course presents a review of the ethical and legal dilemmas faced by health care providers and administrators. The values underlying the development of the health care system in the United States are explored in depth. The formation of governmental policy, state and federal, is reviewed. Health policy’s impact on and regulation of health care delivery in the United States is examined. Application of ethical decision-making is explored.

NHA 410: Human Resources in Health Care (3 credits/5 weeks)

This course will provide undergraduate level students with a framework for human resource decision-making, an understanding of employee development, appraisal and employee compensation, as well as the recruitment and retention process within health care organizations. This course familiarizes the student with the field of human resources management through an examination of the major components of labor law, collective bargaining, and labor relations. In addition, the course provides purposeful exploration of how strategic management of human resources creates value and delivers results in health care.

NHA 380: Health Care Financial Management (5 credits/8 weeks)

This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth introduction of healthcare accounting and finance. This course is intended to give those who seek to manage health care organizations the accounting and financial management foundation they need to assure that their organizations produce information that will support their responsibility to make necessary and sound decisions. The course will focus on the operations of health care organizations such as not for profit and for profit hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare agencies including how these organizations use accounting and financial systems for decision making. In this course, we will examine the healthcare organization as a management function and the basic principles of accounting followed by financial statement analyses, cost accounting, cost shifting, budgeting, managing accounts receivable, materials management and healthcare economics. We will examine these topics and their use in planning, control, evaluation and “real life” work examples. The course covers all the essential functions in health care accounting and financial operations that would be experienced throughout the healthcare industry, except for the insurance business and those entities which have special and additional requirements for being for-profit. During the course the participants will carefully construct what the accounting and finance department is expected to accomplish. The course objectives are reinforced through the lecture notes and supplemental readings, significant group discussions, homework problem sets, a case study, topic presentation, and a final paper and presentation.