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Graduate Degree Programs

Long-Term Care Administration and Policy

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Steven A. Peterson
Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
Phone: 717-948-6154
Fax: 717-948-6484

The Health Administration program at Penn State Harrisburg offers a Long-Term Care Administration and Policy graduate credit certificate program. This certificate program is designed for working long-term care administrators, professionals, and policy makers 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 transcript notation attesting to their accomplishment.

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the certificate program must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Additionally, applicants must have at least three years of professional experience.

All prospective graduate credit certificate students must apply using the Graduate School’s certificate application. 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, and only grades of C or better will be counted toward 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 the content of courses in the certificate program, he or she may substitute other H ADM courses for those redundant courses with the prior approval of the person in charge.



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



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

Effective Date: Summer Session 2012
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2017

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-04-149

Review Date: 1/15/2013



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