Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) Undergraduate Certificate
The Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) Undergraduate Certificate is a NAB Academic Accredited Program when combined with the Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. It is the only NAB Accredited Program in Kentucky and only one of 11 in the United States!
New! The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA) Cohort with LTCA Certificate, a NAB Academic Accredited Program, will be offered 100% Online beginning Fall 2016!
The LTCA Certificate is a 15 hour program and an excellent addition to aspiring leaders in nursing, finance, accounting, social work, dietetics, management, healthcare and information technology. As career opportunities in long term care continue to grow, there is a greater demand than ever for individuals with some preparation for leadership roles in national long term care organizations. As you advance your career and experience, the LTCA Certificate Program will help prepare you for many roles in long term care, with just a few of those listed below:
Dietician, Director of Social Services, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Nursing Home Administrator, Director of Information Technology, Accounting Manager, Business Office Manager, Dietary Manager, Health Informatics.
Current WKU Students
- Download this program form and submit to advisor
Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:
- High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Application and Fee: Students seeking a certificate program must submit an online application with Undergraduate Admissions. The completed form must be submitted along with a one-time application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable).
- Transcript Record: Graduates/Transfers of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript from that institution.
Admission Process for New Students
Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor.
- Apply for admission
- Submit Required Materials:
- Beginning Freshmen: An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
- Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.
To apply to WKU and earn the Long Term Care Administration Certificate:
Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application
Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:
- Category of Study >>> Certificate
- Planned Course of Study >>> Long Term Care Administration
- Primary Location >>> Web (online)
New: 100% Online Cohort Degree Program starting August 2016! For more information, visit wku.edu/cohort/hca-ltca/index.php
New: NAB Accredited Degree Program effective June 2014!
When students complete the LTCA Certificate Program in combination with the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, they will be graduating from a NAB Academic Accreditation Program - one of only 11 in the United States! Find out more information about NAB Academic Approval by visiting www.nabweb.org.
Why a LTCA Certificate?
This certificate is an excellent addition to aspiring leaders in nursing, finance, accounting, social work, dietetics, management, healthcare and information technology. As career opportunities in long term care continue to grow, there is a greater demand than ever for individuals with some preparation for leadership roles in national long term care organizations. As you advance your career and experience, the LTCA Certificate Program will help prepare you for many roles in long term care, with just a few of those listed below:
Dietician, Director of Social Services, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Nursing Home Administrator, Director of Information Technology, Accounting Manager, Business Office Manager, Dietary Manager, Health Informatics
LTCA Certificate Curriculum
The certificate program consists of five courses. A (*) indicates a core course that can not be substituted.
*HCA 345: Long-Term Care Administration (3)
*HCA 355: Nursing Facility Administration (3)
PH 443: Health and Aging (3)
GERO 100: Introduction to the Aging Experience (3)
HCA 353: Quality and Patient Safety in Long-Term Care (3)
Total - 15 hrs
Click here to see the list of potential course substitutes to enhance your major.
All courses in the LTCA Certificate Program are included in the Gerontology Minor.
Objectives of the LTCA Certificate Program:
- Prepare students who have a bachelor's degree for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator.
- Introduce students to alternative forms of adult and long term health care services (assisted living, adult daycare services, home care, etc).
- Increase student awareness of illnesses commonly associated with the elderly.
- Introduce students to the needs of different facilities with regards to staffing.
- Give students an overview of federal and state (Kentucky) regulations regarding long term care provisions.
- Explore sociodemographic changes affecting the industry.
Why at WKU?
The proposed certificate program is expected to address three areas of need in long term care administration and Western Kentucky University's mission.
- Market demand and industry expectations
- Program restructuring
- Growth in the global market.
Rationale for LTCA:
Current trends in the healthcare industry are placing increasing reliance on long term care, to include special care units, nursing facilities, subacute care, assisted living, community based services such as home care and adult daycare and senior housing. In addition, Nursing Home Administrator licensure requires a college degree in most states as one criterion prior to sitting for the licensing exam. This certificate is intended to help students prepare for that examination and a career in management across the long term care continuum. Moreover, the market demand for LTC, especially in health services involving the elderly, is growing at a rapid rate. At the same time, the elderly population currently seeking care is relatively knowledgeable of its health care, social, and psychological needs.
The LTC certificate is one way of spearheading efforts to engage in program restructuring to accommodate the projected administration of long-term care facilities. This is a direct response to the growing challenge of aging population in America. As part of this process, the committee decided to lay down strategies to distinguish our program from others in the state and elsewhere based on a few, relevant content areas in health administration.
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