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, though that is anticipated in the future.

After completing the coursework, contact Dr. Janet HahnHSS Coordinator, 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 every session)
  • GRN 4000 - Public Policy and Aging (offered in fall) - or - 
    HSV 4780 - U.S. Health Policy (offered every session)
  • HSV 4820 - Post-Acute Care Administration (offered in fall)

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: