Nursing Home Administrator Pathway

Successful completion of these nine credits help you qualify to take the national exam to earn a license as a nursing home administrator in Michigan. Students are strongly encouraged to take a review course immediately prior to the national exam. These nine-credits do not lead to a concentration, certificate or degree specifically designated by WMU. We encourage students to complete the Long-Term Care Administration Minor. However, for those working in the field, this pathway might be the best option. Please contact Dr. Janet Hahn regarding applicable prerequisites for the courses and if transfer credit might be applied to those.

After completing the coursework, contact Dr. Janet HahnHSS Program Director, at or Dr. Tiffany LeeInterim Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, at to complete the education form required by the State of Michigan. The phone number for the school is (269) 387-3800.

Required courses

  • GRN 1000 - Introduction to Aging Studies (offered in fall and spring)
  • HSV 4780 - U.S. Health Policy (offered every session. The formerly offered GRN 4000 is accepted as an option to HSV 4780)
  • HSV 4820 - Post-Acute Care Administration (offered in spring)

HSV 4820 examines the administrative management of services provided after hospitalization by skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, home health care, and long-term care hospitals.

State requirements

States have differing requirements for nursing home administrator education. Links to requirements from Michigan and our surrounding states are below: