graduate program: Health Services Administration

Long Term Care

Full-time Option

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In order to provide an ideal learning environment, the long term care concentration is offered only when there is a minimum of eight confirmed full-time and part-time long term care students.

Students can also elect a long-term care concentration. Students electing to take this concentration complete the core course requirements for the MHSA degree and nine credit hours of coursework in long-term care: Aging in Our Society; Administration of Agencies Serving the Aged; and Administration of Institutions Serving the Aged.

Sixty-seven graduate credit hours, including 61 hours of didactic work and 10 hours of administrative residency, are required for the master's degree with a concentration in long-term care administration as well as for licensure. The typical course of study covers an eight- to 12-month residency in a long-term care facility or gerontological center.

The preceptor for the administrative residency is typically the administrator of the facility in which the residency is completed, although in the case of integrated health care systems, the student may have a dual preceptor arrangement with an administrator at a long-term care facility and an executive at the system level. During the administrative residency, each student is required to complete a master's project as a condition of graduation. The project usually reflects an aspect in long-term care administration of interest to both the student and the preceptor, with final approval from the faculty advisor.

Part-time Option

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In order to provide an ideal learning environment, the long term care concentration is offered only when there is a minimum of eight confirmed full-time and part-time long term care students.

The part-time option enables individuals who are already working in health care to learn the administrative skills they need to progress in their careers and increase their value to their employers. This track also prepares students to learn new skills that will move them into a different career direction.

Under the part-time option, students complete nine consecutive semesters, including summer coursework on campus, while simultaneously pursuing an administrative practicum in their place of employment. For students who are not able to reasonably organize a practicum with their employer, the administrative residency is required. The practicum is accomplished concurrently with the second and third years of coursework; the residency takes place after all coursework is completed. Students are also required to complete a master's project.