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.

LeadingAge Ohio OHCA

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.

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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 4751-05.1 of the Administrative Code, section (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). 


2022 Core of Knowledge Dates

Winter 2022
January 10 - January 27, 2022

Classes will be held 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 will be sent out a few weeks before the class begins.


Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Each participant is responsible for his/her own lodging and meal arrangements.

We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as early as possible.


Hotel Accommodations
Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center offers Core of Knowledge
students the following overnight room rate: Single: $129

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the special rate above. Please make your reservation no later than three weeks prior to each week. Mention you are attending the BELTSS Core of Knowledge offered by LeadingAge Ohio for the group rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the LeadingAge Ohio rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate. To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 866-233-9393 and ask for Reservations before December 10, 2021. For directions or additional information, please visit the hotel’s website at

Every room and suite includes complimentary wireless Internet access, VOIP Telephone with
speakerphone and voicemail, pillow-top mattress, refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee makers. Free parking is available at the Conference Center.


 How to Register

Tuition: $1,200

Students will have access to all web-based self-study assignments.  In addition refreshments and snacks will be made available to students during the face-to-face classroom dates.

It does not include lodging, lunch or dinner.  Space is limited, register to ensure your spot.

Register online for the Winter 2022, January 10 - January 27, 2022.

Registration deadline: January 3, 2022


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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Debbie Boggs, RN

Debbie Boggs

Education Specialist

  • Manages all aspects of education for the association
  • Ensures all aspects of the Continuing Education (CE) process are followed
  • Assists with the planning and development of all the association sponsored/co-sponsored educational programs
  • Works with internal and external customers and members to ensure professional development functions    

Karen Lowe

Karen Lowe

Education and Special Projects Coordinator

  • Assists with coordination of all professional education events, including planning, development, and implementation
  • Assists with coordination of special projects and initiatives, including Leadership Academy, Employer of Choice and ltcGAIN
  • Assists with all Continuing Education credentialing requirements and processes

Anne Shelley, MBA, BSN, RN

Anne Shelley

Director of Home Health/Hospice Regulatory Relations

  • Reviews state and federal policies and regulations and provides technical and regulatory support to Home Health and Hospice members
  • Works with state and federal agencies and regulatory bodies to develop policy and rules for the home health and hospice industry
  • Provides education for hospice and palliative care providers related to regulatory and operational issues
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