Long Term Care Concentration

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Why Study Long Term Care?

The population is aging rapidly, and employers are looking for leaders that have experience in or an understanding of long term care. By taking a few focused Health Services Management electives and a 1,000-hour practicum, students enrolled in the HSM degree have the option to become licensed as a nursing home administrator. This license provides a foundation to operate a nursing home, assisted living, or home- and community-based service. 

If you are a professional, non-degree-seeking student, or graduate student seeking a nursing home administrators license, we offer stand-alone Long Term Care Administration courses.

Courses and Requirements

The Foundation and Core courses are the same as for the Health Services Management degree.

Students can apply to the program after completing some college credits (at least 30 for “premajor” and 45 for “major" status). These count toward your 120 credit total. When taken at the University, these foundation courses include:

  • Introduction to Financial Reporting (Acct 2050 or ApEc 1251)
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (Civic Life & Ethics LE) (COMM 1101)
  • Introduction to Statistics (Mathematical Thinking LE) (EPSY 3264, STAT 3011, PSY 3801, SOC 3811, or SCO 2550)
  • Microeconomics (SOC SCI & GP LEs) (ECON 1101 or APEC 1101)
  • Health Science Terminology (PHAR 1002)
  • Personal and Community Health (PUBH 3004 or 3001 and 3003)

All courses should be completed or in progress prior to major status admission.

For more information about which courses might transfer, visit Transferology.

Consult with your advisor about which core classes to take before others.

Core Requirements

Course Name Course Number Credits Offered
Health Care Delivery Systems HSM 3521 3 fall and spring
Health Care Administration and Management HSM 4561W 3 fall and spring
Career and Internship Skills for Health Services Management HSM 3051 2
 
fall and spring
Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Management HSM 4301 3 fall and spring

Basic Skills Options:
Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and
Nonprofit Organizations
OR
Project and Program Management in Health Services Management
OR
Innovation in Health Services

 

ABUS 4571W


HSM 4043

 

HSM 4575

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

fall and spring
 

fall and spring

fall and spring

Health Information Science Options:
Foundations of Health Informatics I
OR
Information Privacy and Security in Health Services Management

 

HINF 5430

 

HSM 4065

 

3

 

3

 

fall and spring


fall and spring

Health Care Law and Ethics HSM 4591 3 fall and spring
Human Resources in Health Care Settings HSM 4531 3 fall and spring
Health Care Finance (prereq. accounting knowledge; Microsoft Excel) HSM 4541 3 fall and spring
Health Services Management Internship HSM 4596 3 spring
Leadership Options:
Leadership in Health Services Management (preferred)
OR
Dynamics of Leadership (only if already taken)

 

HSM 4041


ABUS 4041

 

3


3

fall and spring


every semester

Health Economics and Policy PUBH 3801 3 fall and spring
Leadership and Business Planning in Health Care: Capstone HSM 4861 3 fall and spring

Along with the required HSM major core courses, students pursuing a nursing home administrator license must take these courses as part of their major electives:

  • HSM 3040 Dying and Death in Contemporary Society: Implications for Intervention (2 cr)
  • HSM 4572 Gerontology & Geriatrics for Health Service Executives (3 cr)
  • HSM 4573 Long Term Care Regulatory Management and Law (3 cr)
  • HSM 4582 Long Term Care Practicum (1 cr, 600 hours)

Sample Four-Year Plan

Fall Semester (15 cr)

  • Microeconomics (APEC 1101 or ECON 1101, 4 cr)
  • Medical Terminology (PHAR 1002, 2 cr)
  • Intro to Public Speaking (COMM 1101, 3 cr)
  • Lower Division Writing Intensive (3 cr)
  • Literature Liberal Education Requirement (3 cr)

Spring Semester (16 cr)

  • Statistics (STAT 3011 or SOC 3811 or PSY 3801, 4 cr)
  • Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health (PUBH 3004, 4 cr)
  • Freshman Composition (WRIT 1301, 1401, or equiv, 4 cr)
  • Physical Science Liberal Education Requirement w/lab (4 cr)

Fall Semester (16 cr)

  • Accounting (ACCT 2050, 4 cr)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521, 3 cr) 
  • Biological Sciences LE Requirement w/lab (4 cr)
  • Career Skills in a Professional Health Services Environment (HSM 3051, 2 cr)
  • Lower Division Writing Intensive (3 cr)

Spring Semester (15 cr)

  • Diversity & Social Justice LE Requirement (3 cr)
  • Historical Perspectives LE Requirement (3 cr)
  • Health Care Administration and Management (HSM 4561W, 3 cr)
  • Arts/Humanities LE Requirement (3 cr)
  • Project and Program Management in Health Services Management (HSM 4043, 3 cr)

Fall Semester (14 cr)

  • Recommended Upper Division Writing Intensive: Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and Nonprofit Organizations (ABUS 4571W, 3 cr)
  • Human Resources in Health Care Settings (HSM 4531, 3 cr)
  • Health Care Finance (HSM 4541, 3 cr)
  • Dying and Death in Contemporary Society: Implications for Intervention (HSM 3040, 2 cr)
  • Long Term Care Regulatory Management and Law (HSM 4573, 3 cr)

Spring Semester (15 cr)

  • Technology & Society LE Requirement (3 cr)
  • Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Management (HSM 4301, 3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Health Care Law & Ethics (HSM 4591, 3 cr)
  • Gerontology & Geriatrics for Health Service Executives (HSM 4572, 3 cr)

Summer Semester (3 cr)

  • Health Services Management Internship (HSM 4596,  approx. 400 hours, 3 cr)

Fall Semester (14 cr)

  • Recommended Major Core Option: HSM 4065 Information Privacy & Security in HSM (HSM 4065, 3 cr) 
  • Principles of Health Services Management Leadership (HSM 4041, 3 cr)
  • Recommended Major Core Option: Innovation in Health Services (HSM 4575, 3 cr)
  • Long Term Care Practicum (HSM 4582, ~600 hours, 4 cr)

Spring Semester (16 cr)

  • Health Economics & Policy (PUBH 3801, 3 cr)
  • Leadership & Business Planning in Health Care − Capstone (HSM 4861, 3 cr)
  • Recommended Major Core Option: Foundations of Health Informatics I (HINF 5430, 3 cr)
  • Elective (4 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
     

Career Outlook

An undergraduate degree in Health Services Management with a Long Term Care concentration prepares students for positions and opportunities in:

  • nursing home or long term care setting
  • assisted living establishment
  • state government
  • corporations

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Internship and Practicum

Students participate in the HSM 4596 Internship course while working with the Long Term Care Administration Faculty Director for the remaining internship hours to meet the 1000 hours. Following the HSM 4596 internship, the student continues in the Long Term Care Practicum. Both the HSM internship and LTC practicum are set in a nursing home, giving students real-world experience in a leadership setting.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

In-Person Hours: Monday−Friday 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.