Master of Science in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration

With the aging population, the prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias, and the increase of chronic diseases, there is a compelling need for professionals with specialized skills in long-term care administration. These leaders focus not only on institutional care, but also on policy, payment, and system delivery.


A key component of the Master of Science in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration (ALTCA) program is the Nursing Home Administration 120-hour program, which satisfies the educational requirement for licensure in Pennsylvania.

The 36-credit ALTCA program is designed for three distinct groups:

  • Students who possess a nursing home administrator (NHA) license who want to pursue studies to enhance their knowledge of aging, administration, leadership, and organizational design.
  • Students who choose to pursue a master's degree while simultaneously preparing for licensure as a nursing home administrator (NHA).
  • Students interested in aging who seek to focus their graduate studies on aging services. This track focuses on home and community services, non-institutional delivery of aging services, and the administration of programs designed to support the continuum of services for older adults.

Intentionally designed for working professionals in the aging network, the program prepares adult learners to better understand organizations as health care delivery systems.

Program Highlights

Aging and Long-Term Care Administration (MS)

For Working Professionals

The program is specifically designed for working professionals, with classes on nights and weekends. The overall program is expected to take students two years to complete.

Crucial Knowledge

Graduates will learn to navigate the increasing complex regulatory environment in long-term care delivery services, with a focus on the impact of reimbursement and health care policy issues. Three courses focus on the clinical, administrative, and regulatory issues facing the nursing home industry, and are accompanied by a practicum in a long-term care facility.

Focus on Leadership

The program is designed to develop scholar-practitioners who embrace and engage with organizational development and leadership theory, with three courses focusing on the foundations of organizational design and leadership, ethical issues, and systems literacy, along with electives covering personal and professional development, communication skills, and cultural diversity.