The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) Board of Governors awarded five-year reaccreditation to Concordia College’s long-term care (LTC) administration program. The reaccreditation recognizes the program’s evolution from a long-term care administration degree program to NAB’s new Health Service Executive (HSE) accreditation standard. Initially accredited in 2006, this reaccreditation marks Concordia’s third reaccreditation for the program and is now one of NAB’s 16 accredited degree programs in the nation.
NAB Chair Mary Ellen Wilkinson presented the award in June, and recognized Concordia for its commitment to higher education and quality program standards for graduates entering the senior living and health services profession.
“Concordia College has been a leader in recognizing the value of and need for well-educated and trained leaders in furthering public protection and enhanced quality of life for clients of organizations providing senior living and health services,” Wilkinson said.
“It’s been an honor to be involved with the NAB accreditation process for the past 15 years,” said Dr. Dan Anderson, associate professor of healthcare management and director of long-term care administration and healthcare financial management. “Compliance with NAB standards has guided our evolution as a program and has always kept us striving for excellence.”
“As the program director, I’ve been able to utilize the knowledge and experience I’ve gained from my involvement with NAB to the benefit of our program,” he said. “My service on the NAB Education Committee for many years, my role as a subject matter expert for NAB’s National Continuing Education Review Service, and participation as a surveyor in the accreditation process has kept me up to date on the issues that are most important in the field of senior services.”
Anderson credits Concordia alumni Doug Troyer ’68 and Randy Snyder ’81 for encouraging him to seek NAB accreditation as a Nursing Home Administration program in 2006.
NAB is the nation’s authority on licensing executives in senior living and health services to deliver quality care, convenes 52 state regulatory boards and agencies, former state regulatory board members, academics, continuing education sponsors, and affiliated associations.
“By continuing to achieve NAB standards, Concordia’s LTC administration program meets the highest standard of quality in the education of senior services professionals,” Anderson said. “On behalf of our program, I’m thankful to Concordia for investing in the NAB accreditation process. By following the standards established by NAB, I’m excited that Concordia will continue to prepare graduates who will enhance the quality of life for clients of organizations providing senior living and health services.”