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Accredited Programs

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 board’s 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 bachelor’s 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, Crookston ,  offers a bachelor’s 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 board’s 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: Jitendra Singh, MHA , Lecturer & Program Director, Health Management & Applied Health, Math, Science & 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 bachelor’s 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, Mankato ,  offers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a variety of fields depending upon the student’s 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 master’s 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, Moorhead ,  offers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelor’s 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:  Melanie Schicker, EdD, Assistant Professor, 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. Cloud  offers courses to meet the board’s requirements out of their Political Science Department. The courses may be taken as part of a bachelor’s 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 | Email:   

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD ,  offers a traditional four-year program leading to a bachelor’s 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 Master’s 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: Jen A. Porter, MBA, USD, Beacom School of Business, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD  57069  
Phone: 605-261-8004 | Fax: 605-677-5058 | E-MAIL: 

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire ,  offers a bachelor’s 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 & 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, Minneapolis Campus , Rochester Campus or 100% Online programs  offers a Master of Arts degree in Health and Human Services Administration 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 Master’s degree .  The Master’s degree can be completed in 1 to 5 years excluding practicum. Start anytime during the year.


For those living in Central Minnesota, you may enroll in all the BENHA courses in a blended format which is mostly online with a few Saturdays in Minneapolis.


Please note the SMU 100% Online program has a different website and contact information.


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Program Information: Susan Doherty

Online Program:   Koby Johnson, Phone:  (877) 308-9954

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 — Monroe, LA

Southern Adventist University — Collegedale, TN

Saint Joseph’s College — Standish, ME -   Contact:    Philip DuBois         email: 

Ohio University — Athens, OH

Concordia College — Moorhead, MN - Contact:    Dan Anderson (above)