Start a Career with Haven Health’s Administrator in Training Program

Category: Career Development

Haven Health is known for its commitment to providing exceptional care in skilled nursing facilities across Arizona. We offer a unique opportunity through our Administrator in Training (AIT) program that is designed to cultivate future leaders in healthcare management, equipping them with the necessary skills and experience to excel in the dynamic environment of skilled nursing facilities. 

Benefits of Working in a Skilled Nursing Facility

Impactful Work

Working in a skilled nursing facility allows you to make a significant difference in the lives of residents. You will be directly involved in their care and well-being, providing comfort and support to those in need. This type of work can be incredibly rewarding as you witness the positive impact of your efforts on a daily basis.

Professional Growth and Development

Skilled nursing facilities offer a dynamic work environment where you can develop a broad range of skills. From healthcare administration to team leadership and patient care, the experience you gain in this setting is invaluable. The complexity of operations in skilled nursing facilities ensures that there is always something new to learn, fostering continuous professional growth.

Collaborative Environment

In a skilled nursing facility, you work alongside a diverse team of healthcare professionals, including nurses, therapists, and social workers. This collaborative environment enhances your ability to work effectively with others and improves your communication and problem-solving skills.

Job Stability

The demand for skilled nursing facility administrators continues to grow, driven by an aging population and increasing healthcare needs. This translates to excellent job stability and numerous career advancement opportunities for individuals who choose this path.

Competitive Compensation

Skilled nursing facilities often offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits packages. This includes health insurance, retirement plans, and opportunities for bonuses, making it a financially rewarding career choice.

Haven Health’s Administrator in Training (AIT) Program

Haven Health’s Administrator in Training program is meticulously designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles within skilled nursing facilities. Here’s an in-depth look at what the program entails:

Education and Residency Requirements

To qualify for the AIT program, candidates must meet specific state requirements. In Arizona, this includes holding a bachelor’s degree and completing an approved 1,000-hour AIT program. The program provides comprehensive training that covers various aspects of healthcare administration, ensuring that candidates are well-prepared to manage the complexities of a skilled nursing facility.

Licensing Process

Upon completion of the 1,000-hour AIT program, candidates must pass two critical exams: the National Association of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) exam and the State of Arizona nursing home administrator exam. Successfully passing these exams leads to obtaining a Nursing Home Administrator license in the State of Arizona, officially qualifying you to oversee and manage a skilled nursing facility.

State Board Approval

While candidates are not required to appear before the State Board in person, their AIT application must receive approval from the State Board before beginning the required 1,000 hours of training. This approval process ensures that all candidates meet the necessary standards and are prepared for the responsibilities of the AIT program.

Exams Required

The NAB exam and the State of Arizona nursing home administrator exam are crucial steps in the licensing process. The NAB exam tests candidates on their knowledge of long-term care administration at a federal level, while the State exam assesses their understanding of state-specific regulations and requirements.

Is the AIT Program Right for You?

Educational Background

Typically, candidates who enter the AIT program have a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field. This educational foundation provides the essential knowledge and skills needed for effective healthcare administration.

Leadership Experience

Experience in leading teams, even in industries outside of healthcare, is highly beneficial for AIT candidates. The ability to manage and motivate a team is crucial in a skilled nursing facility, where collaboration and coordination are key to providing high-quality care.

Passion for Healthcare

A genuine interest in healthcare and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others are essential qualities for AIT candidates. The role of an administrator in a skilled nursing facility is demanding but also highly rewarding, requiring a strong commitment to the well-being of residents.

Strong Communication Skills

Effective communication is vital in healthcare administration. Candidates should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to interact with residents, families, and staff members effectively.

Problem-Solving Abilities

The ability to think critically and solve problems efficiently is crucial for administrators. Skilled nursing facilities present unique challenges daily, and successful administrators must be adept at finding innovative solutions to ensure smooth operations.

Training and Support at Haven Health

Haven Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive training and support for AIT candidates. The program includes:

Hands-On Experience

AIT candidates gain hands-on experience in various aspects of healthcare administration, from financial management to human resources and regulatory compliance. This practical training is essential for developing the skills needed to manage a skilled nursing facility effectively.


Experienced administrators at Haven Health mentor AIT candidates, providing guidance and support throughout the program. This mentorship helps candidates navigate the challenges of the role and develop the confidence needed to succeed.

Continuing Education

Haven Health emphasizes the importance of continuous learning. AIT candidates have access to ongoing educational opportunities to stay updated on the latest trends and best practices in healthcare administration.

Career Advancement

Upon completing the AIT program and obtaining their license, candidates are well-positioned for leadership roles within Haven Health and other skilled nursing facilities. The program’s comprehensive training ensures that candidates are prepared for the responsibilities of an administrator and ready to advance their careers.


Haven Health’s Administrator in Training program offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for individuals passionate about healthcare administration. With comprehensive training, mentorship, and hands-on experience, the program prepares candidates to excel in the dynamic environment of skilled nursing facilities. If you have a bachelor’s degree, leadership experience, and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, the AIT program at Haven Health could be the perfect fit for you.

By choosing a career with Haven Health, you are not only investing in your professional growth but also making a meaningful difference in the lives of countless individuals. Start your journey today and become a part of a community dedicated to excellence in healthcare.