DuBOIS — There is still time to sign up for the Penn State DuBois Continuing and Community Education Personal Care Home Administrator Training beginning in February.

In a continuing effort to offer training relevant to the area workforce needs, the 100-hour program will be offered safely and remotely through Zoom. This program will prepare graduates to enter a career in administration of long-term personal care facilities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts 20 percent growth in employment opportunities in health service management fields by 2026.

The role of the personal care home administrator is to supervise, plan, develop, monitor, and maintain appropriate standards of care throughout all departments. Individuals must have effective communication, leadership, and business skills to be successful. This required training for current personal care home administrators, or those who wish to become administrators, and direct care staff will cover caring for special needs and management. Topics include medication procedures, personal hygiene, nutrition, writing assessments, recreation, cultural competency, gerontology, care for residents with mental illness, dementia, and cognitive impairments, abuse and neglect prevention and reporting, resident home contracts, fire prevention, community resources, local, state, and federal laws, staff supervision and training, budgets, resident rights, and CPR.

Consisting of 19 courses, the 100-hour program is taught by Penn State University approved instructors who are experts in this topic. Individuals may register for the entire program or choose to take individual courses as needed.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (some classes may end earlier) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 23, through April 6, 2021 virtually through Zoom. The fee for the entire program is $1,450 (exam fee included), with individual courses priced at $20 per hour. For more information, or to register, visit https://dubois.psu.edu/personal-care-home-administrator-100-hour-training or contact Shelly Luchini at (814) 375-4715 or smc200@psu.edu

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