Earn Your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Long-Term Care Administration Online

  • Overview

    Position yourself for career progress in one of the health care industry’s most in-demand fields. By pursuing your Bachelor’s degree in Long-Term Care (LTC) Administration online, you can prepare for leadership roles in a variety of health care settings that support patients with ongoing medical and daily living needs.

    Request more information today to learn more about our online Health Administration degree program at Saint Joseph’s College and how you can take the lead in this growing field.

    Enjoy flexibility in the only NAB-accredited Long-Term Care program fully online

    Whether you aspire to become a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA), assisted living administrator or are seeking another role in health care administration, this program can help you get there. We offer one of the few Long-Term Care degree programs accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB), and the only program of this kind available online.

    In this program, you will be able to:

    • Study online around your work schedule: Do coursework on your time, while following the structure of weekly deadlines to keep you on track.
    • Immediately apply what you learn in the workplace: Courses blend with prior and/or current professional experience, so you can begin relevant education immediately.
    • Experience career progress and a sense of purpose in your field: You’ll develop foundational health care administration knowledge while focusing your expertise on the dignified, compassionate, quality care specific to long-term care settings.
    • Learn from faculty who actively work in the field: Professors use practical experience and insights in long-term care administration to enhance course curriculum.
    • Pursue tuition discounts or reimbursement: Our educational partnerships with health care organizations help many students save 10% on tuition or take advantage of tuition reimbursement programs at work. Check with your employer to see what is available.
    • Transfer up to 95 credits toward your degree: Students who have completed some college-level courses at another institution may be able to apply those credits to this program. Talk to admissions to see what applies for you.

    This program is accepted by most state nursing home administrator licensing boards. Check with your state's licensing board or contact our online admissions office for more details.

    • Student Stories
      • Terrie Freeman, Registered Nurse

        “Saint Joseph’s allowed me to pursue an education — while being a full-time employee and raising two small children — without neglecting my other responsibilities.”

      • Deanna Ravellette, Certified Assistant Administrator

        I love that I can go at my own pace and can still work a full time job!”

      • Patricia Holden, Assistant Administrator

        “My experience at Saint Joseph's was an excellent one. The Professors were great and extremely helpful.”

    • Curriculum

      What to expect in the Long-Term Care Administration Bachelor’s program

      The online Long-Term Care Administration curriculum can serve as a refresher course, while meeting state licensure regulations and continuing education requirements. An internship is available to satisfy relevant state licensing board internship or administrator-in-training (AIT) requirements.

      General Education – 42 credits  

      General education courses provide a liberal arts academic foundation while helping students reflect on the moral and ethical dimension of their area of study. Courses include topics in history, nature and society; oral and written communication; and art, creativity and self-knowledge.

      Long-Term Care Administration Core – 24 credits  

      Major core courses include general health administration topics in human resources, management and leadership, financial management, ethics, health care quality, long-term care laws and regulations and understanding aging in America.

      Specialization Tracks – 6 credits  

      Students can follow a specialization track focused in topics for the Nursing Home Administration specialization or the Assisted Living Administration specialization.

      Electives – 15 credits  

      Students can select from major electives related to topics such as informatics, emergency preparedness, strategic planning, long-term care policy, spirituality and senior health care.

      Fast-track and certificate programs

      Know you eventually want to earn your Master’s degree in Health Administration? With the fast-track to Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, you can substitute courses from the MHA program in lieu of comparable undergraduate courses and complete your BS of Long-Term Care Administration and MHA in one streamlined progression.

      Looking for a stepping stone to long-term care administration? We offer a Long-Term Care Administration Certificate program that can help you bolster your career quickly. This 15-credit program provides an introduction to long-term care and can be used as a stepping stone to earning your bachelor’s degree at a later time.

      Ready to make the next move in your career? Apply now.

    • Career Outlook

      For long-term care administrators

      As the population of the baby boomer generation ages, long-term care services will become increasingly important. Employment for medical and health services managers, which includes long-term care administrators, is expected to increase at the much-faster-than-average rate of 20% through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

      Graduates of this program are prepared to step into a number of impactful, in-demand, long-term care administration jobs while developing skills for making a positive impact on the quality of services patients and residents receive in long-term care facilities.

    • FAQs

      Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about long-term care administration

      What does a long-term care administrator do?

      Long-term care administrators may take on various titles, such as licensed nursing home administrators (LNHAs), assisted living administrators, directors of nursing – long-term care or clinical directors – long-term care. These positions have similar responsibilities as general health care administrators, with an added focus on issues specific to nursing homes, assisted living centers, home-based care organizations and other long-term care facilities.

      Administrators may be responsible for financial management, budgeting, upholding quality standards across a department or organization, ensuring regulatory compliance, hiring and training personnel, collaborating with social workers, health care facilities management, etc.

      What are the long-term care licensure requirements in my state?

      Long-term care administrator and nursing home administrator licensure requirements vary across states. Take a look at state-by-state licensure requirements.

      If you need additional clarification, feel free to contact our online admissions office. We are happy to help.

      How long does it take to complete this BS in Long-Term Care Administration program?

      If a student is entering the program with zero existing credits and is completing the program on a full-time basis, the program can be completed within four years.

      This can vary depending on the course load the student chooses to take. Many students enrolled in this program are working full-time and choose to spread out their courses to accommodate their work schedules.

      Prepare to make a difference through health care administration

      At Saint Joseph’s College, we appreciate and value the positive impact health care professionals have on individuals and communities across the country and the world. That is why we develop educational programs that help them grow their careers and do their best work with an emphasis on compassion and ethics in the field.

      If you want to see how career progress and professional purpose go hand-in-hand, request more information today. Or, apply now (no application fee required) if you are ready to get started.

    • Some of our faculty
      • Michael Mileski

        Online Health Administration/Long Term Care Administration Faculty

        DC, Texas Chiropractic College
        MA, Kaplan University
        MS, Kaplan University
        BA, University of Southern Florida

        Learn more about Michael

      • Donnelle Eargle

        Online Health Administration Faculty

        PhD, University of Arizona
        MEd, University of Georgia
        BA, Winthrop College

        Learn more about Donnelle

      • Steven Chies

        Online Long-Term Care Administration Program Manager
        Online Health Care Administration Faculty

        MHA, Saint Joseph's College
        BES, University of Minnesota

        Learn more about Steven

      Michael Mileski

      Online Health Administration/Long Term Care Administration Faculty

      DC, Texas Chiropractic College
      MA, Kaplan University
      MS, Kaplan University
      BA, University of Southern Florida

      Learn more about Michael

      Donnelle Eargle

      Online Health Administration Faculty

      PhD, University of Arizona
      MEd, University of Georgia
      BA, Winthrop College

      Learn more about Donnelle

      Steven Chies

      Online Long-Term Care Administration Program Manager
      Online Health Care Administration Faculty

      MHA, Saint Joseph's College
      BES, University of Minnesota

      Learn more about Steven