Responding to the rapid growth of nursing-home and long-term-care industries as baby-boomers begin to enter their senior years, Quinnipiac University’s Long Term Care Administration Certificate Program prepares students for careers in that fast-growing field.
In addition to teaching students the skills and prerequisite knowledge they need to become effective administrators, the program prepares them to take the national nursing home administrators exam and the state portion of licensure requirements. It likewise affords them opportunities to connect and work closely with professionals in the field.
The QU program has been approved by the state of Connecticut.
According to Angela Mattie, a QU associate professor of management who also chairs the school’s Health Care Management & Organizational Leadership program, the certificate program fills a growing need.
“There’s a requirement by the state of Connecticut that nursing-home administrators need to be licensed,” she explains. “This involves a residency component and a course component that [covers] the major factors [involved in] running a long-term care facility.”
Coursework includes “everything from how to care for an elderly patient, Medicare requirements for billing, dietary [practices] — all aspects of being a leader in a nursing-home or assisted-living situation,” she adds.
The program also involves long-term care practitioners as part of the curriculum in roles such as guest lecturers and collaborators.
Employment of medical and health-services managers, including nursing-home administrators, is projected to grow, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. "As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the health-care industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services,” according to the DOL’s website. “Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and health-care staffs in all areas of the industry.”
The program, which is under the auspices of QU’s business school, also requires two 450-hour residencies that can take place in a licensed facility.
Students entering the program range from seasoned professionals who have worked in the field by lack a license, as well as younger people entering the pipeline of nursing home administration for the first time.
The long-term-care administration course is a three-credit course, plus two four-credit residencies, for a total of 11 credits needed to attain certification. Costs are in the neighborhood of $800 per credit, according to Mattie.