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.

Required WMU courses are:

  • 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 4350 - Post-Acute Care (available Fall 2021)

HSV 4350 is a new special topics course and 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.

After completion of these courses please work with the HSS Coordinator, Dr. Janet Hahn ( or Dr. Tiffany Lee ( Interim Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs (SIHP) to complete the education form required by the State of Michigan. SIHP phone: 269-387-3800.

States have differing requirements for nursing home administrator education:

Michigan Requirements

Illinois Requirements 

Indiana Requirements

Ohio Requirements