Long-Term Care Administration Licensure

The University’s Center for Aging Services Management offers this nontraditional program for those who want to get licensed as a nursing home administrator or are seeking a career as a long-term care manager.

Most students are working adults who come from a variety of backgrounds such as management, nursing, therapeutic activities, social work and other disciplines.

For more information on class schedules, contact Diane McClellan (612-626-7349, mccle005@umn.edu).

For the sake of effective planning, it is important to note that two of the courses (Managerial Accounting and the Practicum) have a prerequisite. For Managerial Accounting, the prerequisite is successful completion of one of the following:

  • Two quarters of introduction to accounting (or)
  • One semester of introduction to accounting

The prerequisite for the Practicum is completion of at least three of the following in the Pre-Licensure sequence:

  • PubH 6535 – Health care Services Accounting
  • PubH 7580 – Organizational and HR Management in Long-Term Care
  • PubH 7581 – Gerontology and Services for Long-Term Care Residents
  • PubH 7587 and 7588 – Regulatory Management, Health Care Law, Information Uses

All of the courses in the Pre-Licensure sequence have been approved by the Minnesota Board of Licensure. However, some students may have taken similar courses elsewhere.

If you have already taken coursework or you have work experience that may fulfill the requirements of specific content areas related to licensure, bring a copy of your study plan to the executive director of the licensure board. Or, mail your plan to the Minnesota Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators:

Randy Snyder, Executive Director
Minnesota State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administration
2829 University Ave. S.E., Suite 440
Minneapolis, MN 55414


These courses are designed for persons entering the field of long-term care (primarily nursing home administration). Most courses combine on-campus seminars, correspondence study (several written assignments), and final examinations.

  • PubH 6535, Healthcare Services Accounting (3 cr)
  • PubH 7580, Organizational and HR Management in Long-Term Care (4 cr)
  • PubH 7581, Gerontology and Services for Long-Term Care Residents (2-4 cr)
  • PubH 7582, Practicum in Long-Term Care (4 cr)
  • PubH 7584, Health Care and Medical Needs (2 cr)
  • PubH 7587, Regulatory Management in Long-Term Care (2-4 cr)
  • PubH 7588, Information Uses in Long-Term Care (2 cr)

The Practicum in Long-Term Care Administration is designed to help students apply classroom knowledge and concepts to the practice under the guidance of a preceptor, who is selected to match the student’s needs. Policies include:

  • All initial contacts and final arrangements for placement at a practicum site are made through the center with the practicum coordinator.
  • Any student who arranges a practicum site without counsel and consent of the center will be ineligible to register for the practicum course.
  • We would prefer that students not take a practicum at any site that is part of an organization where they are already employed.
  • If two administrators refuse to accept an individual practicum student, the center will no longer be obliged to pursue practicum arrangements for that student.
  • Final decision of a practicum site is made jointly by the student, the practicum coordinator, and the preceptor.
  • The practicum can only be taken on a S/N credit grade basis.
  • A student will receive an S (Satisfactory) if:
    • The required hours have been completed within 20 weeks of the starting date of the practicum. (The number of hours in each case will be determined by the Licensure Board.)
    • A satisfactory project report has been submitted in writing and reported to peers within the 20-week practicum period.
    • All required reports have been submitted in a timely fashion.
    • The preceptor’s evaluation is satisfactory.
  • A student will receive an N (no-credit) if:
  • Any item in the above S requirements are not fulfilled.
  • The center faculty and preceptor judge two or more behavior or judgment incidents as indicative of poor administrative potential.
  • The practicum requires that the intern is able to devote a minimum of 20 hours per week, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the practicum site.

Student Responsibilities Prior to the Practicum

Before the practicum begins, complete at least three of the four major content areas required by the Licensure Board:

  • Organizational management/human resources
  • Services/gerontology
  • Accounting/finance
  • Regulation/law

It is recommended that all other coursework presented for licensure be completed before initiating the practicum. Individual preceptors may decline to take a student if all other course work has not been completed.

At least two months prior to the beginning of the intended practicum:

  • Submit a completed plan of study and student information form.
  • Get approval from the Licensure Board for any course not on the board-approved list and which the student intends to use to satisfy licensure requirements.

Registration is handled by mail only. Information regarding registration will be sent to students prior to the first practicum seminar.

Practicum Placement Procedure

  • Eight weeks before a practicum begins, the practicum coordinator reviews the student information forms and draws up a list of potential practicum sites.
  • The practicum coordinator contacts potential preceptors regarding their willingness to have an administrative intern for the practicum period.
  • The coordinator contacts the intern about the practicum site that has been selected.
  • The intern contacts the potential preceptor and arranges for an interview.
  • Both the intern and the preceptor contact the coordinator regarding their willingness to proceed with the practicum.
  • If either the preceptor or the intern is unwilling to proceed, a second practicum site will be selected and the interview process repeated.
  • Each practicum begins with a seminar day which includes a review of the practicum design, procedures, and performance requirements.


Leslie Grant, Director
Diane McClellan, Coordinator

Current Lecturers

  • Michael Amidon, Associate Program Director, CCE Cont. Prof. Education, University of Minnesota
  • Greg Anderson, Director of Senior Housing, Great Lakes Management Company
  • Renee Arbogast, Consulting Dietitian
  • Gordon Bates, Fire Protection Specialist/Inspector
  • Kevin Baune, Senior Maintenance Environmental Specialist, Golden Living
  • April Boxeth, Attorney, Voigt, Rode & Boxeth, LLC
    Steve Burton, Attorney, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt
  • Rebecca Coffin, Attorney, Voigt, Rode & Boxeth, LLC
    Jane Danner, National Services Director of Psycho Social Programs, Volunteers of America
  • Robert Dehler, Public Health Engineer, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Heidi Elliott, Speech and Language Pathologist
  • David Feinwachs, Attorney, Long Term Care Consultant
  • Deborah Ferrington, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, University of Minnesota
  • Steve Fritzke, Long Term Care Administrator
  • Julie Gobel, Occupational Therapist
  • Tom Goeritz, Long Term Care Consultant
  • Leslie Grant, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Aging Services Management
  • John Haugen, Consultant Pharmacist
  • Sharon Johnson, Administrator/CEO, Interlude Transitional Care
  • Dan Kelly, Attorney, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt
  • Michele Knutson, Physical Therapist
  • Katherine Kopp, Director of New Business, Augustana Health Care Center
  • Pat LeMire, M3 Insurance
  • Dawn Lowe, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, University of Minnesota
  • Robert Meiches, Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Medical Association
  • Rajean Moone, LTC Consultant
  • Cindy Morris, Executive Director, Empira
  • Richard Obershaw, Grief Counselor
  • Larry Peters, Senior Safety and Loss Control Consultant, GGNSC Administrative Services
  • Sandra Potthoff, Associate Professor, Program in Healthcare Administration, University of Minnesota
  • Deborah Richman, Associate Program Director, Education and Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Rob Rode, Attorney, Voigt, Rode & Boxeth, LLC
    Karen Ruda, Director of Customer Relations and Quality Assurance, Welcov Healthcare
  • Daniel Strittmater, Strategic Initiatives Project Manager, Presbyterian Homes and Service
  • Jim Tift, Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Education, St. Catherine University
  • Kari Thurlow, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, LeadingAge Minnesota
  • Diane Vaughn, Vice President, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System
  • Susan Voigt, Attorney, Voigt, Rode & Boxeth, LLC

Contact Info

Leslie Grant, Ph.D., 612-624-8844, grant004@umn.edu

Program Coordinator
Diane McClellan,mccle005@umn.edu

Executive Director
Randy Snyder, MN Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administration, 651-201-2730