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The Health Care Administration program requires both undergraduate and graduate students to complete a twelve (12) week, full-time (minimum 480 hour) internship experience in an approved health care facility. The NAB Accredited Health Care Administration program with Long Term Care Administration Certificate, available to undergraduate students, requires students to complete a twenty-five (25) week, full-time (minimum 1,000 hour) internship in an approved health care facility with the majority of hours in a licensed nursing facility.

In order to be eligible for internship, the student MUST meet the following requirements:

Note: all completed program course work must be with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.

1. Possess a MINIMUM OVERALL GPA of 2.5.

2. Comply with internship placement policies and procedures (see link below).

3. Obtain approval from his/her assigned HCA Primary Advisor by completing the Advisor Internship Approval form.

3. Submit both the completed Advisor Internship Approval form and Application for Internship Site Affiliation to Mrs. Stephanie Wood in Academic Complex 133 or via email at stephanie.wood@wku.edu.  

4. After approval of the internship site affiliation application, the student must email Mrs. Stephanie Wood an Internship Course Registration Request before he or she will be placed in an internship course.

The HCA faculty has created a guide to the internship experience. Students should review these internship guidelines (provided below), along with the other required forms provided above, prior to beginning their search for an internship. Click below:


Example Internship Opportunites

Commonwealth of Kentucky Internship Program

Barren River Health Department

Baptist Health Corbin, Contact Amy Steely

Graves Gilbert Clinic, Contact Human Resources Director

Long Term Care (local)

      Massey Springs Senior Living (Independent Villas, Assisted Living, Memory Care)  
      Magnolia Village Alzheimer's Skilled Nursing Facility
      Chandler Park Assisted Living and Memory Care
      Hospice of Southern Kentucky, Inc
      Home Instead Senior Care (Bowling Green and Covington, KY and Franklin, TN)
      Signature Healthcare Administrator in Training Program
      National Healthcare Corporation Administrator in Training Program (NF, AL and Home Health)
      Atria Senior Living (AL, Home Health, Senior Housing)
      Christian Care Communities, Bowling Green (AL, NF, Home Health, Senior Housing, TCU, Memory Care, Outpatient rehab)

Arcadia Senior Living (Independent living, assisted, memory, respite care)

Cal Turner Rehab and Specialty Care (nursing facility adjoined to an acute care facility)

T.J. Samson Community Hospital and Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU)

Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital (long term acute care hospital)

Commonwealth Health Corporation (hospitals, outpatient, ambulatory care, adult day, specialty clinics, nursing facility, etc.)

Humana Infusion Program and Specialized College Program

American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships

TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital

Glassdoor, Search for internships and jobs from over 20,000 job sites, newspapers and company career pages

INDEED, Search job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages


Also visit Public Health Job Opportunities and Resources for Graduating Students

*Not all internship locations are listed here.  Check with the Public Health office for a list of currently affiliated locations or to obtain information about adding a location that is not currently affiliated.

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 Last Modified 8/14/19