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Minnesota Accredited Colleges

The Minnesota Board requires the following approved academic programs to maintain a high standard in the initial education and training of the executive administrator for long term care supports and services. Even though the current credential is that of a licensed nursing home administrator, the approved curriculum does not focus solely on the skilled nursing facility but knowledge, skills, and tasks to create person centered environments for all Minnesota citizens, with a concentration of older adults services, regardless of their preferred residency and the services offered. Applicants need to carefully consider either a NAB accredited or a Minnesota approved program in meeting this higher entry level education requirement for the licensed nursing home administrator/executive administrator.

Note: Specific course numbers are subject to change and should be verified with the Program Director at the school or with the BENHA office staff.

* available online   ^ denotes graduate of USD Health Care Administration

Note: Courses completed more than seven years ago must be supplemented by recent work experience and/or continuing education in the topical area. Further documentation will be requested by the Board office.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Center for Aging Services Management, a non-traditional program, offers courses specifically designed to meet the boards requirements. Each course requires one and a half to five days on campus at the Earle Browne Center in St. Paul depending upon the number of credits the course commands. The rest of the work for the courses is accomplished in independent study. The complete set of courses (24-26 credits) is offered sequentially so that a student may complete all requirements within one year. The courses are not part of a degree program but can be transferred to other schools toward a bachelors degree (most notably Metro State University) or can be taken for graduate credit.

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Contact: Diane McClellan or Les Grant, Center for Aging Services Management, University of Minnesota, D262 Mayo, MMC 510, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Phone 612-626-7349 | Fax: 612-624-8328 | Email: or

University of Minnesota, Crookstonoffers a bachelors degree in health management through a combination of on-campus and distance learning courses. Students who are already degreed may enroll to complete all or some of the courses to meet licensure requirements.Online learning is available to meet the boards requirements for organizational management, managerial accounting, gerontology, health care and medical needs, nursing facility services, human resources, regulatory management, and information uses and practicum. 

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Contact: Susan Klassen, MBA, RN, LNHA, Lecturer and Program Director, Health Management and Applied Health, Math, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, Crookston, 151 Dowell Annex, 2900 University Ave, Crookston, MN 56716.
Phone: 218-281-8371 | Email:

Concordia College, Moorhead, 
offers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelors degree in business with a special sequence in long-term care administration. While the program lends itself best to the full-time student, interested persons can make special arrangements to take only some of the required courses to supplement a previous degree.

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Contact:Daniel V.Anderson, PhD, Concordia College, Long Term Care Administration Program, 901 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56562.

Phone: 218-299-3950 | Fax: 218-299-4277 | Email:

Minnesota State University, Mankatooffers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelors or masters degree in a variety of fields depending upon the students emphasis. Persons already possessing a degree can also register for any of the required courses. Most courses may be taken at the graduate level and the school offers a masters program in gerontology.
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Contact:Donald Ebel, PhD, Director of Aging Studies Program, Director of the Chesley Center on Aging, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Corrections, Minnesota State University,113 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, MN 56001.

Phone: 507-389-5188 | Email: | Web:

Minnesota State University, Moorheadoffers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelors degree in Health Services Administration with an emphasis in long term care administration. While the program lends itself best to the full-time student, interested persons can make special arrangements to take only some of the required courses to supplement a previous degree. 

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Contact: Jitendra Singh, MHA, Assistant Professsor, HSAD Program Director, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 213 Lommen Hall, 1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56563.
Phone: 218-477-2312 | Email:

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloudoffers courses to meet the boards requirements out of their Political Science Department. The courses may be taken as part of a bachelors degree program or strictly to meet board requirements. Courses may also be taken at the graduate level. The school has a graduate certificate program in gerontology. Most courses are offered on campus and meet several times a week with some courses periodically available for evening enrollment.

Contact:Patricia Bodelson, St. Cloud State University, Department of Political Science, 320 Brown Hall, 720 4th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498.
Phone: 320-308-2035 | Fax: 320-654-5422 |

University of South Dakota,Vermillion,SDoffers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelors degree in health care administration with a special sequence in long-term care administration which meets the Minnesota license requirement. While the program lends itself best to the full-time student, the program is developing a Masters Degree in LTC and interested persons should contact the program director to make special arrangements to take only some of the required courses to supplement a previous degree.
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Contact: Beacom School of Business,414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone:605-261-8004 | Fax: 605-677-5058 

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claireoffers a bachelors degree program with a major in health care administration. The senior year is a 50-week residency at a long-term health care facility with a great deal of hands on experience.

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Contact: Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor and Program Director, Health Care Administration, Dept. of Management and Marketing, College of Business,UW-Eau Claire, 200D Schneider Hall, Eau Claire, WI 54702.

Phone: 715-836-3589 | Email:

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus , Rochester Campus or 100% Online programs, offers a Master of Arts degree in Health and Human Services Administration (MAHHSA) with a variety of options to complete courses that meet the BENHA requirements. On campus courses are evenings and occasional Saturdays. You may register for just a few courses or complete 36 credits for the Masters degree.The Masters degree can be completed in 2 to 5 years excluding practicum. 

Course offerings start six times a year allowing students to begin studies within weeks of acceptance into the program. On campus courses are evenings and occasional Saturdays. In some instances, courses are fully blended (few in-person requirements, most work done online).

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Campus program website Health and Human Services Administration, M.A.

100% online program website


Minneapolis: Daniel Lawrence at (612)238-4529

Rochester: Kate Connor at (507)457-8608

Online program: Mark Lynes at (630)590-2457

Program Director: Susan Doherty, MA at (612)238-4549

Practicum Director: Dan Strittmater, MHA at

Minnesota also accepts completion of long-term care curricula completed at the following educational institutions approved by The National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) as meeting course requirements for licensure. Their web site has contact info:

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI - Contact: Jennifer Johs-Artisensi (above)
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe, LA
  • Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN
  • Saint Josephs College, Standish, ME - Contact: Philip DuBois
  • Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, MN - Contact: Dan Anderson (above)
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