The dramatic increase in the older adult population has prompted a greater need for care of older adults—and a growing need for leaders in this field of health care.
The Master of Science in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration (ALTCA) program at PCOM has been designed to address the need for leaders in critically important long-term care services, from home- and community-based care to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. The program elevates the professionalism and leadership of those working in or seeking to enter the field of long-term care by enhancing the knowledge and skills of those in nursing home administration positions.
With the aging population, the prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias, and the increase of chronic diseases, there is a compelling need for professionals with specialized skills in long-term care administration. These leaders focus not only on institutional care, but also on policy, payment, and system delivery.
A key component of the ALTCA program is the Nursing Home Administration 120-hour program, which satisfies the educational requirement for licensure in Pennsylvania.
The 36-credit ALTCA program is designed for three distinct groups:
- Students who possess a nursing home administrator (NHA) license who want to pursue studies to enhance their knowledge of aging, administration, leadership, and organizational design.
- Students who choose to pursue a master's degree while simultaneously preparing for licensure as a nursing home administrator (NHA).
Students interested in licensure can find additional information from the Institute for Continuing Education and Research (ICER), and can register here for the 120-hour certificate program through ICER.
- Students interested in aging who seek to focus their graduate studies on aging services. This track focuses on home and community services, non-institutional delivery of aging services, and the administration of programs designed to support the continuum of services for older adults.
Intentionally designed for working professionals in the aging network, the program prepares adult learners to better understand organizations as health care delivery systems.
- Nursing home administrator (NHA)
- Personal care home/assisted living administrator
- Home health care administration
- Area Agency on Aging administration
- Aging services administration
- And more