Long Term Care Administration Education and License

There are many degree programs available in long-term care administration if you are interested in the field. Read on to learn degree levels available, common courses, state licensure requirements, and the employment outlook for this field. Schools offering Health Care Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degrees Are Available in Long Term Care Administration?

Undergraduate certificate programs in long-term care administration consist of five or six courses and could meet state requirements for licensure. You also have the option of earning an Associate of Science degree and transferring your credits to a Bachelor of Science program.

If you have a bachelor's degree, you could enroll in a master's degree program in long-term care administration or healthcare administration. In addition, you may have the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in long-term care administration, which you could earn while pursuing a master's degree.

Degree Levels Undergraduate certificate programs, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, master's degree, and graduate certificate.
Common Courses Finance, resident care, human resources.
Licensing Requirements State-administered licensing is required in all 50 states.
2015 Median Salary $94,500 (Medical and Health Services Managers)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

All degree programs consist of some general education courses, in addition to the core curriculum. Although the scope and number of courses related to long-term care administration will vary by the level of the program, there are a number of common subjects addressed, including psychology, sociology and aging, healthcare administration and organization, health services delivery, gerontology, accounting and ethics. All programs deal with the five domains of practice that make up the areas of knowledge covered by the licensure examination administered by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). These knowledge areas include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Human resources
  • Physical environment
  • Finance
  • Resident care

Practicums or internships, which can be extensive, are common in all programs. You may be able to complete internship requirements at a school-approved facility or at your place of employment. With the exception of internship components, long term care administration programs are commonly available online or partially online. A program's online courses are presented asynchronously, so the flexibility of online delivery could complement your work schedule.

What Type of License Is Required?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that, in all 50 states, you'll need a license to become an administrator at a nursing home; licensing requirements for assisted-living administrators vary from state to state. Some states, including Oregon, offer administrator in training (AIT) programs, in which you would receive all the necessary training to become licensed (www.oregon.gov).

What Are Some Employment and Wage Projections?

The BLS projected that employment opportunities for all medical and health services managers and administrators were expected to increase 17% from 2014-2024. The median wage was determined to be $94,500 (www.bls.gov). Although a master's degree is the industry standard for a position as a facility administrator, a bachelor's degree may qualify you for a position as an administrator at a small facility or a department administrator at a large facility.

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