Long-Term Care Administration (GC)


The Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration provides multidisciplinary perspectives and coursework which culminates in a professional practicum experience. Students engaging with this certificate typically expect to enter careers in long-term care administration in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities. Most students will also take both the Minnesota and federal nursing home administrator license exams once all coursework is completed.
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Common Core

Capstone Project: As part of the practicum, students will complete a final paper to be negotiated between the Practicum Supervisor, the Student and the Adviser. This paper will serve as a capstone project showcasing mastery earned through completion of all required coursework. Determination of the number of practicum hours required is made by the Minnesota Board of Nursing Home Examiners for each student and requires an application. Credits are assigned based upon the number of hours of internship required at a rate of 45 hours per credit with a 1 credit minimum and a 6 credit maximum. Additional hours may be required by the State of Minnesota, but no additional credits beyond the maximum of 6 will be counted toward completion of this graduate certificate. Undergraduate courses listed as a part of this Graduate Certificate are included as they are approved by the State of Minnesota as meeting the requirements for preparation for the licensure examinations.

Organizational Management Core - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Specific managerial components will be emphasized such as organizational patterns, fiscal administration, and personnel management common to the health care system. Administrative functions of policy settings, planning coordination, public issue involvement, and community relations will be included. Particular attention is given to the human side of management.

Prerequisites: none

Managerial Accounting - Choose 2 Credit(s).

Provides an in-depth analysis of managerial accounting concepts and procedures, including product and service costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, planning and control systems, capital budgeting, and contemporary managerial systems and issues. Students will become familiar with contemporary computer applications.

Prerequisites: none

Gerontology Core - Choose 3 Credit(s).

This course will provide students with an integrated knowledge of theory and practice in gerontology and examine the challenges involved in studying and providing services to the elderly, as well as ethical and advocacy-related issues in an aging society.

Prerequisites: none

Social and social-psychological forces in later life. Problems and prospects of growing old in the United States.

Prerequisites: none

Health Care and Medical Needs Core - Choose 3 Credit(s).

This course investigates the physical and mental health concerns of the aging process. Explores specific health problems confronting older persons, and examines preventive health behaviors and health maintenance practices.

Prerequisites: none

Nursing Facility Services and Regulations Core - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Issues and trends, programs and services, funding mechanisms and regulations. Meets state educational requirements for specific content areas.

Prerequisites: none

Practicum - Choose 1 - 6 Credit(s).

For students following the program of study for nursing home administration.

Prerequisites: none

Human Resources Core - Choose 2 - 3 Credit(s).

The course will cover a range of topics, including the strategic management of human resources, job analysis, hiring, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, as well as labor relations.

Prerequisites: none

Change is the constant in today's human resource management in public organizations. The technical framework for productivity improvement and employee development is placed in the context of the legal environment. Emphasis is on managing diversity.

Prerequisites: none