• Total Credits
    12 (60 required for admission)
  • Time to Complete
    Offered completely online

​​​​​​Why Earn a Long Term Care Management Certificate?

The Long Term Care (LTC) Management certificate uses state-accredited long term care courses to prepare students to lead in the growing field of long term services and supports.

Through this certificate, you will be eligible to obtain Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Assisted Living Director credentials in Minnesota.

You could be in charge of:

  • nursing homes
  • assisted living facilities
  • independent senior housing
  • home care
  • hospices
  • other nonprofits that serve older adults and their families

The LTC certificate is specifically designed for non-degree-seeking, undergraduate level students or aspiring professionals. Currently enrolled U of M degree-seeking students may opt for the Long Term Care Management Minor.

Career Outlook

  • $68K Median salary for long term care employees in MN in 2019
  • 16% Employment growth in long term care occupations in MN 2019-29

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: LaborInsights™, accessed 8/13/21. 


You will take a total of 12 credits from the following courses:

  • HSM 4541 – Health Care Finance (3 cr)
  • HSM 4582 – Practicum in Long Term Care (1 cr)
  • HSM 4583 – Long Term Care Supports and Services (2 cr)
  • HSM 4584 – Long Term Care Health and Medical Needs (1 cr)
  • HSM 4585 – Long Term Care Organizational Management (1 cr)
  • HSM 4586 – Management in Assisted Living and Senior Care Settings (3 cr)
  • HSM 4587 – Long Term Care Regulatory Management (1 cr)
  • HSM 4588 – Long Term Care Quality Management and Performance Improvement (2 cr)
  • HSM 4589 – Long Term Care Human Resources Management (2 cr)
  • HSM 4592 – Long Term Care Health Care Law (1 cr)
  • HSM 4593 – Gerontology for Health Care Managers (1 cr)

Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Courses details by semester


Apply as a Transfer Student

Admission Deadlines

Fall semester | July 15
Spring semester | November 15
Summer term | April 15

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements include:

  • 60 credits prior to admission
  • A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
    • 2.80 already admitted to the degree-granting college
    • 2.80 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
    • 2.80 transferring from outside the University

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Admission Benefits

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change)
  • receive updates about the program
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee

Current U of M Students

Are you a current U of M student interested in adding LTC to your studies? Consider a Long Term Care Management Minor.

Completion Requirements

To receive the certificate, you need to complete the required coursework within four years of admission, and earn a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

You may apply for graduation online. After you've registered for your final course in the certificate, visit MyU and under Key Links, select Student Center followed by My Academics and Apply for Graduation.


To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

  • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop.
  • If you would like to take a course but are a nonadmitted student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

The LTC Certificate is an approved program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and

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