The University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness has established a new partnership with Trilogy Health Services that has allowed USI to break new ground as the first academic institution in Indiana to have an Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Residency Program incorporated into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Dr. Katie Ehlman, director of the USI Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness, said an AIT program must be completed before an individual can sit for the exams required for nursing home administrator licensure. She said USI is able to add the new Administrator-in-Training Residency course because of recent changes in the Indiana statute allowing students to complete the AIT program prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree. At a November 15, 2016 meeting, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA), approved the AIT Residency course syllabus and the AIT Residency program.
“Our collaboration with Trilogy offers the opportunity for students to complete a 1,040-hour AIT program under the guidance of a qualified nursing home administrator to fulfill requirements set by the Indiana State Department of Health,” said Ehlman. “Embedding the Trilogy USI AIT Residency Program into the curriculum closes the loop for USI College of Nursing and Health Professions to be able to guarantee to the community a very high caliber of student who not only meets the knowledge required for licensure, but also promotes culture change and quality of care for residents and staff. The AIT Residency Program is invaluable, and our graduates will have a head start in launching their careers.”