Why Study Long Term Care?

The population is aging rapidly, and employers are looking for leaders who have experience with or an understanding of long term care. The Long Term Care (LTC) Management minor is available to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota with a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

By earning the 19-credit minor and then adding a 1,000-hour practicum (1 credit), students will have the opportunity 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.

Because two of the seven minor courses are already required for the HSM bachelor’s degree, HSM majors will need only to enroll in five specialized HSM electives to earn the minor. Students in other majors will take all seven HSM courses to earn the minor. Although the practicum is not required for the minor, all students who wish to apply for the license should also enroll in the practicum.

Note: For professional (nondegree-seeking) students, or graduate students seeking a nursing home administrator’s license, we offer stand-alone Long Term Care Administration courses.

Career Outlook

An undergraduate degree in Health Services Management with a LTC 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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Admission, Requirements, and Courses

The LTC Management minor is available as of fall 2023 to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the University with a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

Core Requirements

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

Course Name Course Number Credits
Dying & Death in Contemporary Society: Implications for Intervention HSM 3040 2
Human Resources in Health Care Settings HSM 4531 3*
Health Care Finance HSM 4541 3*
Management in Assisted Living and Senior Care Settings HSM 4586 3
Long Term Care Services and Supports HSM 4682 3
Long Term Care Environment and Quality HSM 4683 3
Long Term Care Leadership and Strategy

HSM 4684

2

* Currently required in the core program for an HSM undergraduate degree

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Practicum

Students who wish to obtain the minor AND qualify for a nursing home administrator license must also complete a 1,000 hour practicum (HSM 4582) for one credit. For other students, the Practicum is optional but recommended.

Sample Four-Year Plan

This sample plan, effective Fall 2023, is for HSM majors enrolled in the Long Term Care Management Minor and includes the practicum.

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 3001, 2 cr + PUBH 3005, 2 cr)
  • Freshman Composition (WRIT 1301, 1401, or equivalent, 4 cr)
  • Physical Science Liberal Education Requirement with lab (4 cr)

Fall Semester (16 cr)

  • Accounting (ACCT 2050, 4 cr)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521, 3 cr)
  • Biological Sciences LE Requirement with lab (4 cr)
  • Career and Internship Skills in Health Services Management (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 Services and Supports (HSM 4682, 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)
  • Long Term Care Environment and Quality (HSM 4683, 3 cr)
  • Practicum in Long Term Care (HSM 4582, 1,000 hours, 1 cr)

Summer Semester (1 cr)

  • Health Services Management Internship (HSM 4596,  approximately 400 hours, 1 cr)

Fall Semester (15 cr)

  • Recommended Major Core Option: HSM 4065 Information Privacy & Security in HSM (HSM 4065, 3 cr)
  • Leadership in Health Services Management (HSM 4041, 3 cr)
  • Inclusion and Equity in Health Care Management (HSM 4521, 3 cr)
  • Management in Assisted Living and Senior Care Settings (HSM 4586, 3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)

Spring Semester (15 cr)

  • Applied Health Economics (HSM 3101, 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)
  • Long Term Care Leadership and Strategy (HSM 4684, 2 cr)
  • Elective (4 cr)

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