Long Term Care Administration Program

Concordia’s Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) bachelor’s degree program is designed for working professionals who want to become leaders in the rapidly-growing long term care sector of the healthcare industry. The program features a cohort model with a small group of students who move through the 16-course curriculum together. Classes are held one night a week, with periodic weekend courses – all taught by experienced healthcare leaders. Students learn leadership skills, long term care finance, legal and ethical considerations, strategic planning, and the foundational principles of serving an aging population. It’s the ideal way to make yourself competitive in a growing sector while making a critical difference in the lives of residents and their families.

Admission Requirements

To apply to the Bachelor of Science in Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) program, the following criteria must be met:

  • At least 20 semester credits transferred to Concordia from regionally accredited institutions
    • The LTA core must be taken in its entirety at Concordia
  • Have two years of related work experience or have been out of high school at least three years
  • Application, résumé, and official college transcripts submitted to Concordia's Office of Admission

Graduation Requirements

See Graduation Requirements for all Concordia University-Portland undergraduate degrees at http://catalog.cu-portland.edu/undergraduate/academic-information-policies-alphabetical/.

Mary Amick, M.A., Assistant Professor, mamick@cu-portland.edu

Barbara L. Archer, D.P.A., Professor Emeritus, barcher@cu-portland.edu

LTC 302      SYSTEMS IN LONG TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION      Credits: 3

This course is a broad survey of the long term care system – the 30,000 foot view. The course explores the organization and operations of the U.S. long term care system from various perspectives including systems, policy, operations, and critical issues. Specific attention is given to system organization, finances and cost, quality, management, and access.
Prerequisites: WR 121 and MTH 110 with a D or higher
Corequisites: LTC 322, LTC 323, and LTC 324.

LTC 322      LEADERSHIP AND BEHAVIOR IN LONG TERM CARE      Credits: 3

This course outlines the critical management theories, activities and functions from the perspective of managing long term care facilities and systems. Critical long term care management issues and approaches are outlined including focus on management within a tightly regulated environment. Leadership styles and their impacts on effective management approaches are also covered.
Prerequisites: WR 121 and MTH 110 with a D or higher
Corequisites: LTC 302, LTC 323, and LTC 324.

LTC 323      PRINCIPLES OF GERONTOLOGY      Credits: 3

This course is constructed around a complex and multidisciplinary view of aging designed to give healthcare professions a deeper understanding of the interrelated nature of human development, societal attitudes, and public policies. The course includes an overview of chronological, biological, psychological, and sociological elements that are common to an aging population. Specific attention will be given to attitudes toward aging and their effects on individuals, families, society, public policy and programs.
Prerequisites: WR 121 and MTH 110 with a D or higher
Corequisites: LTC 302, LTC 322, and LTC 324.

LTC 324      ISSUES IN AGING      Credits: 3

This course provides a basic understanding of the bio-psychosocial issues prevalent when working with older adults as well as issues related to policy concerns. The promotion of healthy aging in the community and in institutional settings is explored.
Prerequisites: WR 121 and MTH 110 with a D or higher
Corequisites: LTC 302, LTC 322, anf LTC 323.

LTC 332      LONG TERM CARE REIMBURSEMENT      Credits: 3

This course examines the fundamentals of long term care reimbursement systems and methods including the overall reimbursement categories, methodologies, and systems to optimize revenue capture. The relationship of clinical care, documentation, and reimbursement is examined.
Prerequisites: LTC 302, LTC 322, LTC 323, and LTC 324 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 362, LTC 365, and LTC 422.

LTC 342      STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING IN LONG TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION      Credits: 3

This course involves students in the organizational planning process and then applies the organizational planning process to the marketing process within the long term care organization. Both the organizational and marketing planning cycles are identified and the steps in developing and implementing strategic plans at both levels are examined. Particular emphasis will be given to emerging long term care industry trends such as the evolution/transformation of long term care and post-acute care.
Prerequisites: LTC 412, LTC 432 and LTC 371 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 352, LTC 476, and LTC 498.

LTC 352      QUALITY SYSTEMS IN LONG TERM CARE      Credits: 3

This course examines current quality improvement movements and methods in long term care administration focusing on unique quality issues within long term care, improvement systems and methods, quality analysis techniques, and implementation of systems to improve patient care and satisfaction.
Prerequisites: LTC 412, LTC 432 and LTC 371 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 342, LTC 476, and LTC 498.

LTC 362      ECONOMICS IN LONG TERM CARE      Credits: 3

This course is a general introduction to long term care economics, focusing on the unique aspects of long term care economics that differ from economics in general. Key topics covered include macro and micro economic principles, economic policy issues, and government involvement in long term care economics.
Prerequisites: LTC 302, LTC 322, LTC 323, and LTC 324 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 365, LTC 332, and LTC 422.

LTC 365      BASIC LONG TERM CARE ACCOUNTING      Credits: 3

This course is a general introduction to healthcare accounting focusing on the unique aspects of healthcare accounting in long term care within the overall scope of general accounting. Specific attention is given to basic accounting principles, the organization of accounts, financial statements, ratio and other critical computations, time value of money, and regulations affecting long term care accounting.
Prerequisites: LTC 302, LTC 322, LTC 323, and LTC 324 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 362, LTC 332, and LTC 422.

LTC 371      LONG TERM CARE HUMAN RESOURCES      Credits: 3

This course explores healthcare human resource principles, structure, and laws from the perspective of day-to-day operations in complex or multifaceted long term care organizations. Effective human resources management requires an understanding of multiple disciplines, functions, and viewpoints including, but not limited to, communication, operating systems, human behavior, human motivation, and special requirements related to working with the elderly.
Prerequisites: LTC 362, LTC 365, LTC 332, and LTC 422 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 412 and LTC 432.

LTC 412      LONG TERM HEALTH CARE LAW AND ETHICS      Credits: 3

This course discusses, explains, and uses ethical concepts and identifies how to work within an ethical framework in long term care healthcare organizations in both business and clinical areas including using definitions and ethical constructs. The course identifies requirements for applied business ethics, and clinical ethics decision making related to contemporary healthcare ethical issues with major emphasis on law and ethics in geriatrics.
Prerequisites: LTC 362, LTC 365, LTC 332, and LTC 422 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 432 and LTC 371.

LTC 422      LONG TERM CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course explores the basic foundation of health care finance and gives the student a basic understanding of long term care finance as it relates to management of long term care organizations. The focus of the course is on financial information analysis, interpretation, and decision making in order to develop financial strategies for the present and the future.
Prerequisites: LTC 302, LTC 322, LTC 323, and LTC 324 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 362, LTC 365, and LTC 332.

LTC 432      POLICY AND REGULATION IN LONG TERM CARE      Credits: 3

This course explores the origin, development, and implementation of long term care policy and regulation and explores the executive’s role in policy and regulatory design as well as the implementation of regulations in the long term care environment. The regulatory requirements relating to licensing of long term care administrators and long term care facilities is highlighted.
Prerequisites: LTC 362, LTC 365, LTC 332, and LTC 422 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 412 and LTC 371.

LTC 476      LONG TERM CARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS      Credits: 3

This course examines the development and management of healthcare information systems in long term care as they relate to patient care and business/financial needs, as well as long term care policy requirements. The focus of the course is on current long term care information systems and the evolution of long term care information systems in the future. Financing, patient care, quality, and organizational management of healthcare information systems are discussed and analyzed.
Prerequisites: LTC 412, LTC 432 and LTC 371 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 342, LTC 352, and LTC 498.

LTC 498      LONG TERM CARE INTERNSHIP      Credits: 3

This course is the final, capstone course in which the student synthesizes concepts learned throughout the program in a 120-hour administrative-focused project within a long term care facility guided by a management-level mentor within the facility.
Prerequisites: LTC 412, LTC 432 and LTC 371 with a C or higher
Corequisites: LTC 342, LTC 352, and LTC 476.