UMN Crookston Earns NAB Accreditation for Bachelor of Science in Health Management
On December 5, 2018 by Jodi Boyne
The Bachelor of Science in Health Management at the University of Minnesota Crookston received accreditation approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and the program also received its Health Service Executive (HSE) qualification. Both accreditations were earned under the leadership of Susan Klassen, program director and former member of LeadingAge Minnesota.
Due to consumer demand, healthcare reform, and growing regulatory mandates, leaders in aging services require leadership development and education to meet those needs. The HSE qualification requires leaders to be knowledgeable in the regulatory and operational challenges as older adults transition from nursing homes to other forms of care, such as home health, hospice, assisted living and other home and community-based services.
States are adopting laws to require long-term care administrators to hold the HSE status—provided only by NAB-accredited colleges—to improve the quality and provide a strategy for a changing demographic.
With the national accreditation, the UMN Crookston program becomes one of only 14 programs in the country accredited by NAB and one of only two offering the program completely online. An online minor is also available.
If students have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree and would like to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota, UMN Crookston offers the classes required for licensure online at least annually. In this case, students can enroll as a non-degree student.
“Our leaders are educated to meet the licensure standards for leading nursing homes, assisted living units, home health care, hospice and other home and community-based services,” says Sue Klassen.