ACHCA Student Membership

Are you interested in working in the long-term care profession? 

As a student memberconnecting with our ACHCA community of post-acute and aging services leaders is the right first step in your career arc.  


Society often portrays a negative stereotype of nursing homes. ACHCA seeks to change the way students think about our industry.  We want you to connect and learn from the Administrators that work hard, along with their teams, to help ensure that their residents receive quality care.  We are the professional home for the long-term care Administrator.

ACHCA has opened many opportunities for me as a student. I have served on [the] executive board of the ACHCA Student Chapter at UWEC, attended the past two ACHCA National Convocations as a student presenter in the Dr. Kevin Hansen Student Memorial Poster Exposition, and made connections that will greatly benefit me after my AIT. [Those connections have] set me up for success for projects coming up in the future. The knowledge that I have gained from attending the Educational Sessions at National Convocation is like no other. I am beyond grateful for the resources ACHCA has provided me so early on in my career, and [I] look forward to continuing to take advantage of them as a future LNHA." — Mitch Gordon, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Health Care Administration Major


 Eligibility for the Student Membership::

  • Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in health services administration or related administrative field that leads to a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Be enrolled in a healthcare management program where the program or college holds at least a regional accreditation.
  • Not licensed as an administrator or executive in long-term care administration.

Note:  Student status is limited to five (5) years. Applicants for the student membership will be in a "pending" status until enrollment verification is received. 

For an annual dues fee of $25, the students benefit from membership by meeting and accessing seasoned professionals that can support their student’s journey or exploration of the Administrator profession – from assistance in landing your first job to advice throughout each stage of your professional development.

Other benefits of membership include,

  •  Face-to-face networking possibilities gained by attending the National Convocation, including learning from multiple disciplines + perspectives with student-track sessions. These interactions could lead to mentoring or administrator-in-training opportunities.
  • Reduced registration fees for the annual National Convocation.
  • National student members qualify for all National sponsored scholarships, including the Hollander and McConnell scholarships. (
    • Students can develop their leadership skills by participating in the Student Poster Exposition at Convocation. The poster exposition allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their scholarly work on a wide variety of topics, from applied research with a faculty member or an innovative project with an ACHCA member.

The student application must include one (1) official school document from the following list:

  • Photo of current student ID
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Current year class schedule
  • Enrollment verification from Registrar
  • Enrollment verification from Professor 
"ACHCA is essential in providing education, training, professional development, and the resources necessary for administrators to be effective and efficient in performing the complex tasks associated with our jobs." — David G. Wolf, Ph.D., MSJ, MSOL, Fellow ACHCA, CNHA, CALA, CAS, CAPM, DASM, Professor & Program Coordinator, Healthcare Management, Lynn University; Academic Director, ACHCA Board
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