Schools for Aspiring Nursing Home Administrators

Prospective nursing home administrators learn to supervise the daily tasks of employees working in nursing homes and similar care facilities. Bachelor's and master's degree programs are available that qualify students for state licensure throughout the U.S.

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Both bachelor's and master's degree programs can lead to a nursing home administrator position and its necessary licensure. Individuals interested in an edge when seeking employment or career advancement may want to consider obtaining a master's degree.

Nursing Administration Schools

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer graduate degrees in nursing administration.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $48,710
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $31,068
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's/Post Master's Graduate Certificate $43,620
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Master's In-state $20,638; Out-of-state $41,688
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Public Master's In-state $21,260; Out-of-state $34,944
University of Alabama - Birmingham Birmingham, AL 4-year, Public Master's In-state $7,340; Out-of-state $16,628
University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public Master's In-state $10,530; Out-of-state $17,424

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

School Selection Criteria

There are several factors to consider when selecting a nursing home administrator school:

  • Aspiring nursing home administrators should enroll in programs that offer specialty concentrations, such as long-term care, chronic diseases and healthcare advocacy.
  • Each state has its own individual board of examiners that offers licensure and certification for nursing home administrators. Students are encouraged to review their state requirements before enrolling in a program.
  • Choose a school that allows for hands-on learning in a clinical environment.
  • Some schools may offer a few courses online, which can benefit students who need scheduling flexibility due to other commitments.

Bachelor's Degree for Nursing Home Administrators

Bachelor's degree programs for aspiring nursing home administrators may be available that will permit students to obtain licensure or certification within their state. Internships are typically required.

Master's Degree for Nursing Home Administrators

Master's degree programs in nursing home administration are available to students with bachelor's degrees, commonly in a health-related field. These graduate programs can usually be completed in two years. Clinical practicum experiences are often required, and students may also be required to complete a thesis or research project.

Nursing home administrators need to have a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing administration from an accredited college or university. It may be possible to attend a program that incorporates clinical experience, which will provide students with hands-on learning and the opportunity to form connections with professionals in their field.

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