Core of Knowledge

BELTSS- Core of Knowledge

The Core of Knowledge course is designed specifically for the Administrator-In- Training (AIT) participant. This course meets the special academic requirement set by BELTSS for qualifying to take the state licensure board examination. Ohio participants should call the Board at (614) 466-5114 to arrange their AIT
internship. The Core may be taken at any time during the process: before, during, or after the internship. Core hours do not count towards the internship hours.

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The content of the course is designed to provide information and promote understanding that will lead to more effective performance in the administration of long-term care. The subject areas listed below have been recommended by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards and endorsed by BELTSS.

These topics are included in the Core of Knowledge course:

1) applicable standards of environment, health and safety;
2) local health and safety regulations;
3) general administration;
4) psychology of care;
5) principles of medical care;
6) personal and social care;
7) therapeutic and supportive care and services in long-term care;
8) departmental organization and management; and
9) community interrelationships

Enrollment is open to anyone interested in becoming a nursing home administrator as well as those
wanting professional training in nursing home administration. 

Course Format
Per 4751-1-16 of the Administrative Code, section (5)(a) requires 100 clock hours of study in core of knowledge subjects. Therefore this course will include face-to-face classroom learning as well as several self-study assignments. Students will complete web-based self-study, traditional DVD as well as written assignments. Students must attend every day of the face-to-face classroom presentations as well as complete all self-study assignments to successfully graduate from the BELTSS Core of Knowledge.

Certificate of Completion
All those satisfactorily completing the course will receive a certificate which satisfies the requirement with the Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS). 

2021 Core of Knowledge Winter Dates

Winter 2021
January 11 - January 28, 2021

All classes will be held on a virtual platform, Monday through Thursday, for three weeks from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. A final course schedule and further details, including virtual platform access links, will be sent out a few weeks before the class begins.


Due to the virtual presentation platform, participants will need a strong internet connection, web
camera and computer mic in order to participate fully. Attendance will be monitored.


Tuition for the Core of Knowledge Course is $1,200. The Tuition includes all instructional materials including:
• 1-year subscription to the NAB Study Guide
• Accounting Made Simple, Mike Piper
• Alive Inside DVD
• The Long Term Care Survey, American Health Care Association
• Principles of Health Care Administration, 2017 Edition, Joseph Townsend
• NHA Practice Exam packet prepared by Joseph Townsend
• Ohio Nursing Home Law & Rules Packet

Students will have access to all web-based self-study assignments. 

 How to Register

Registration Deadline for the Winter 2021 course is January 4, 2021.

Two Easy Ways to Register


CLICK HERE to register online.


DOWNLOAD THE BROCHUREand mail form with payment to:

Make checks payable to LeadingAge Ohio and mail to:

LeadingAge Ohio
2233 North Bank Drive
Columbus, OH  43220


Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Should you not be able to attend the BELTSS Core of Knowledge as planned, please notify the provider at least ten business days prior to the first face-to-face classroom date. Student understands cancelling their enrollment will void any web-based self-study assignments completed prior to the date of the cancellation. Cancellations received through December 28, 2020 will be fully refunded.

Cancellations December 29, 2020 – January 4, 2021 will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 5, 2021 will be charged the full registration fee.

Core of Knowledge Program Contacts

Eligibility and Core Requirements
Jennifer Cunningham
Investigator, NHA Changes, AIT Coordinator
614-644-7518 /

Winter Course
Karen Lowe
Education & Special Projects Coordinator
LeadingAge Ohio
614-545-9036 /

Summer Course
Kathy Chapman
Education Director
Ohio Health Care Association
614-436-4154 /

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Karen Lowe

Education and Special Projects Coordinator

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Anne Shelley

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