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Long Term Care Administration and Management


Programs in long term care administration prepare people to plan and administer nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long term care settings servicing the elderly and disabled.

Long term care administration programs include topics such as:


Practicums allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some long term care administration programs require students to complete a practicum or internship.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in long term care administration and management. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in long term care administration and management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in long term care administration and management. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree and good grades. You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Your bachelor's degree should be in one of the following fields:

It may also be helpful to have some work experience related to this program of study. Examples of relevant experience include jobs as a health care provider or a business administrator.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate course work tends to vary depending on the program. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

The core courses are typically more thorough or more focused studies of topics introduced in the undergraduate program.

For your practicum or internship you could work in any setting related to long term care. Possibilities include a nursing home, a retirement community, or an insurance company.

Things to Know

If you want to be a long term care administrator in a nursing home, you need to be licensed. To get licensed, you need to have a bachelor's degree, pass an exam, and complete a certain amount of supervised practice. You also usually need to take continuing education courses to renew your license.


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