health care administration prepares you for a career in the health care
industry. Graduates of the program find employment as health service
managers with various organizations, including hospitals, clinics,
health maintenance organizations, long term care facilities, assisted
living/residential care facilities, home health care organizations,
hospice providers, and other community service providers. The health
care administration program offers a solid business base with courses
specific to health care management. This degree provides the
graduate a variety of employment opportunities in the rapidly changing
health care environment. The program also provides excellent
preparation for graduate study in business or health care
The Long-Term Care degree program is accredited by NAB (The National Association
of Long Term Care Administrator Boards), enabling students to graduate from a
nationally accredited program. Only twelve long-term care programs across the US hold
this accreditation. The Shawnee State program is the only business degree in health
care administration in Ohio with this accreditation.
The Health Care Administration program has two career paths: Acute Care (hospital
administration) and Long-Term Care and Community Based Services (including nursing
home administration). The Health Care Administration degree prepares you for careers
in medical and health service management. This degree also pairs well with other
courses and/or minors that relate to the following fields noted on the Ohio Means Jobs
website as “in demand” careers: business intelligence, accounting, financial analysis
and management, human resource management, marketing management, purchasing
management, quality control and supply chain management.
Acute Care Track
For students interested in hospital based or primary care, the program offers an acute
care track which focuses on management and administrative careers in hospitals,
clinics, and managed care. This program track requires a 200-hour practicum, and a 500-hour internship in a health care organization. There is a growing need for trained managers to work in these types of health care facilities.
Long Term Care & Community Based Service Track
Students who complete the majority of their internships in skilled nursing facilities
qualified and eligible to take the State and Federal Nursing Home Administrators
Licensing Examinations upon graduation, although this is an individual choice. Long
term care track students are required to complete an internship with a total of 1000
hours in a variety of settings, including senior centers, adult day centers, home care
organizations, hospice organizations, assisted living/residential care centers, and long-
term care facilities.
Students choosing the long-term care and community based service program are
entering a growing career field. As the population ages, elders and those with
disabilities will have increasing needs for services and support provided by
organizations such as those noted above.
Health care administration courses are offered late in the afternoon and in the evening
to accommodate the working professional. Plans for making the program more
accessible include having all courses (with the exception of practicum and internship
hours) available online by the Fall of 2020.
For further information contact:
Sarah Boehle, Ph.D., LNHA, LSW
Health Care Administration
Department of Business Administration
Phone: (740) 351-3605