Long-Term Care Administration and Policy Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Person-in-ChargeL. Marvin Overby
Program CodeCLLGMT

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.

Effective Semester: Summer 2017
Expiration Semester: Spring 2022

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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. Additionally, applicants must have at least three years of professional experience.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

The Long-Term Care Administration and Policy graduate credit certificate program consists of four Health Administration (HADM) graduate-level courses (12 credits). 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 student in 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 HADM courses for those redundant courses with the prior approval of the person in charge.

Required Courses
HADM 542Health Care Politics and Policy3
HADM 543Long-Term Care Administration and Policy3
HADM 545Health Financial Management3
Select one of the following:3
Health Systems Organization
Health Care Law
Health Delivery Systems
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and appraise the various aspects of the US health system related to LTC and identify its possible changes that may influence new LTC models.
  2. Investigate the literature, and choose and integrate health care management skills that emphasize the policy and clinical contexts of LTC.
  3. Identify issues that are relevant to  LTC administration.
  4. Analyze the financial realities and concepts unique to LTC service.
  5. Evaluate the role of health law in  long term care organizations.


Campus Harrisburg
Graduate Program Head LeRoy Marvin Overby
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Elizabeth Jane Beckett-Camarata
Program Contact

Pamela J Dunn
W160 Olmsted Bldg.
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown PA 17057
(717) 948-6322

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