Aging and Long-Term Care Administration

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Aging and Long-Term Care Administration Programs

The dramatic increase in the older adult population has prompted a greater need for care of older adults—and a growing need for leaders in this field of health care.

The Aging and Long-Term Care Administration (ALTCA) program at PCOM has been designed to address the need for leaders in critically important long-term care services, from home- and community-based care to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. The program elevates the professionalism and leadership of those working in or seeking to enter the field of long-term care by enhancing the knowledge and skills of those in nursing home administration positions.



Program Options

PCOM offers two programs designed to increase the skills and competencies of professionals in this field:


Career Options in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration

Career opportunities for students interested in work in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration (ALTCA) are expanding because people 65 years old and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Here are some of the career opportunities available to PCOM ALTCA graduates:

  • Nursing home administrator (NHA)
  • Personal care home/assisted living administrator
  • Home health care administration
  • Area Agency on Aging administration
  • Aging services administration
  • Art/Music/Recreational therapy
  • Housing coordinators
  • Urban planners
  • Hospice
  • Chaplains
  • Demographers
  • Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapists
  • Public Health
  • Interior design/architects
  • Insurance
  • Elder law/paralegal
  • Estate/Financial planners
  • Ombudsman
  • Grant writers
  • Health educators
  • Disability managers
  • Nurses
  • Wellness specialists
  • Social workers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialists
  • Dietitians/food service managers

Why Study Aging?

Gerontology is a rewarding field in health care. Great opportunities exist for working with older people. Watch the video linked below to learn how aging is a relative term and that preconceived notions about aging are often false.




Interested in learning more about the Aging and Long Term Care Administration program? Please contact:

Mary M. Austin, MSN, RN, NHA
Director, MS in Aging and Long Term Care Administration
Phone: 215-871-6618

For more information about the organizational development and leadership component of the program, contact:

Jeffrey Branch, EdD
Director, Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program
Phone: 215-871-6947