Certificate Program in Long Term Care

The Master of Health Administration Program at Penn State Harrisburg offers a Long-Term Care certificate program. This certificate program is designed for working long-term care administrators, professionals, and policymakers in for-profit, not-for-profit, and public organizations who need more knowledge and skills in long-term care administration and policy, as well as in long-term care systems and their relationship to and integration with health-care systems. Persons completing the program will receive a certificate from Penn State attesting to their accomplishment.

The Long-Term Care certificate program consists of four Health Administration (H ADM) graduate-level courses (12 credits).

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the certificate program must hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must have at least three years of professional experience.

To apply for the certificate program, all applicants must complete an application for nondegree admission to Penn State Harrisburg. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts must accompany the application.

Applicants admitted into the certificate program must have a master's degree or a 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work. This requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. A 3.0 grade-point average in the certificate program courses is needed for the awarding of the certificate.

If an applicant to the certificate program already holds a graduate degree in health care administration or a related field and has taken graduate courses that duplicate courses in the certificate program, he or she may substitute other courses in the MHA curriculum for those redundant courses.

Prescribed Courses

  • H ADM 542. Health Politics and Policy (3)
  • H ADM 543. Long-Term Care Administration and Policy (3)
  • H ADM 545. Health Financial Management (3)

Elective Courses

  • H ADM 539. Health Systems Organization (3)
  • H ADM 551. Health Care Law (3)
  • H ADM 552. Health Delivery Systems: Managed Care (3)

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


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