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HCAD program achieves prestigious HSE accreditation

| Gretchen Hutterli

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Health Care Administration Program is the first university program in the country to be accredited as a Health Services Executive Program. An announcement was made at the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) mid-year meeting November 8-10 in Savannah, GA.

The HSE Qualification serves as a credential that demonstrates that the administrator has the competency necessary to lead long term care services across the care continuum, according to Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, professor of health care administration in the Department of Management & Marketing. "It is NAB’s solution to the licensure portability issue as more states are accepting HSE qualified individuals as meeting their licensure requirements," she said.

UWEC HCAD graduates from 2015 on are now eligible to apply to become HSE qualified if they already have a nursing home administrator license. Although our grads will have to pass two specialty exams in residential care/assisted living, and home and community based services to earn the HSE, they are not required to have three years of licensed administrator experience the way applicants from non-HSE accredited programs do.