Resources For LTC Professionals

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Improve your knowledge base for your current role, or take the next step in your long term care career. AHCA/NCAL offers a number of training materials and connects you with leading organizations to develop your skills. Click on a section below to view available resources.


How to Be a Nurse Assistant

AHCA's How to Be a Nurse Assistant prepares students to pass the certification exam and enter the workforce as the most highly-qualified CNAs in the field. The curriculum allows you to choose the format that works best for you by offering a range of print, online, and media resources, including a student textbook, companion online and print student workbooks, an online instructor’s manual with downloadable and printable materials, and a skills DVD.  
To How to Be a Nurse Assistant curriculum is also available as a hybrid program, offering flexibility, quality, and convenience through a blend of online coursework and in-person clinical and skills training. Developed in partnership with Academic Platforms, it incorporates professional instructors for online and in-person clinical training and provides practice tests, study guides, and quizzes, fully preparing students to become certified CNAs.​

Infection Prevention Control Specialist (IPCO) Training

This AHCA/NCAL course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists--a training requirement as part of the CMS Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Individuals are specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their skilled nursing center or assisted living community.

Infection Control and Requirements of Participation e-Competencies ​

AHCA’s Requirements of Participation eCompetencies® is designed specifically to help skilled nursing facilities comply with F-Tag 726 under CMS’ Requirements of Participation (ROP) using a comprehensive competency tool that is interdisciplinary and relevant to all nursing home staff. The program offers an extensive library of evidence-based skills checklists that allow evaluators to assess and document staff skills in real time. Videos are included to aid in skill progression and remediation. 

AHCA/NCAL’s Infection Control Certificate Program is designed for all staff in both skilled nursing and assisted living facilities and features five eLearning modules and 5 eCompetenciesTM focused on infection prevention and control.    

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State Affiliate Training Programs

Some AHCA/NCAL State Affiliates offer training and certification programs, which can help you advance your career in coordination with your state’s specific requirements. Check with your local state affiliate to see what might be available.

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)

NAB is the nation’s leading authority on licensing, credentialing, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long term care.

Gero Nurse Prep

Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This course equips RNs with a broad array of clinical knowledge, skills and competencies that are tested on the ANCC certification exam and essential for quality gerontological nursing practice and leadership of elder care teams. 

Assisted Living Nurse Specialty Certification

This is an online certification exam that tests knowledge of care for older adults in Assisted Living Facilities. Upon successful completion of the exam, the letters C-AL may be affixed after your name to indicate successful completion of the AALNA Certification Examination for Assisted Living Nurses.

CARES® Online Dementia Care Training, Certification and Professional Credentialing

AHCA/NCAL supports and CMS recommends the CARES® online person-centered dementia training program. CARES® is a series of online video-based dementia care training programs accessible 24/7 and can be completed individually, in small groups or in a classroom-style setting. AHCA/NCAL members receive a 15% discount on all orders. Use promo code AHCA15 when registering.

Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® Individual Certification

For both professional care providers and family members of a person living with dementia, the essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of evidence-based dementia care practices that are promoted in the nationally-recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

Person-Centered Care in a PDPM World

This four-module course is designed to improve person-centered care for post-acute care (short stay) residents under the PDPM payment system. This course will define person-centered care and show how it is a key feature in PDPM and when implemented can improve care practices that lead to better patient outcomes. 

Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff​

While the vaccine and monoclonal antibody treatment are now available, the countless losses and pandemic-related stresses will continue into the future.  This three-part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  

Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

Infection prevention and control practices have been challenged at every corner. This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, how to track and report the illness including the regulatory requirements for infection prevention and control.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices and will look at the future of infection prevention and control. The course describes the process for cohorting and utilizing testing to inform cohorting practices.  It looks at how to conduct self-assessment processes to continually evaluate and improve the infection prevention and control program in long term care centers. Lastly, the course reviews the process and necessity of screening practices and notifications to residents, families, and their representatives including the importance of communication.

High-Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations

Many older adults are at risk for functional decline due to underlying medical complexity, as well as deconditioning following a bout of inpatient care. This course presents an evidence-based approach for the implementation of a high-intensity progressive rehabilitation paradigm, offered as an evolution of current, lower intensity post-acute treatment approaches to address this constellation of needs.  This self-paced course contains nine learning modules for physical therapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation professionals (PT, PTA, OT, OTA).  

Functional Outcomes Improvement Training

Maintaining or improving mobility and self-care abilities is important to healthy aging and maximizing independence.  This course provides specialized training for all long term care staff who are interested in improving functional outcomes, improving quality, and improving services.  It will advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes by providing a wide array of learning tools and resources to meet the needs of various staff and departments.  

Water Management Training​

To maintain daily operations and care services, healthcare facilities need to develop an effective water management plan to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial interruption of the facility’s normal water supply. The water management course provides post-acute and long-term care facilities with information on what a water management plan is, how to identify the elements of an effective water management program, and how to develop and maintain a comprehensive water management program in your facility. The program is ideal for maintenance and facility operations personnel.  

Pioneering Solutions to the Workforce Crisis

This 45-minute webinar developed in collaboration with PHI​ delivers practical action steps and strategies assisted living and nursing facilities of all shapes and sizes can take to improve their employee and retention efforts. The webinar also covers ways to improve the hiring process and explains supportive supervision and coaching methods that positively impact employee retention.  

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LTC Career Center

The LTC Career Center​ was created by AHCA/NCAL to connect long term care employers and top talent in all LTC disciplines through its on-line job board network. Get access to thousands of career opportunities from quality employers. The LTC Career Center is free to all job seekers.

Care for the Aging

Discover a career with purpose. CareForTheAging is an information CareForTheAging is an informational resource to shed a light on the wide range of career opportunities available in the long term care profession and inspire those who are looking for a new career opportunity to become a part of this rapidly growing and exceptionally rewarding field.

ConnectToCareJobs is a free, national website that provides individuals looking for jobs with an easy way to connect with potential employers. The tool uses a matching algorithm to pair licensed and/or trained workers with healthcare facilities that are in need of their specific skills.