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 16 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.
Healthcare Administration Track
For students interested in hospital based or primary care, the program offers a healthcare administration track which focuses on management and administrative careers in hospitals, clinics, and managed care. This program track requires a 200-hour practicum, and a 600-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 Administration Track
Students who complete the majority of their internships in skilled nursing facilities are qualified to apply 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 1,000 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 Service Executive Program
Our NAB-accredited program will continue to qualify our graduates to apply to take the Federal and the Ohio state licensing exams. You must pass both to get your Ohio NHA license. Once you obtain your Ohio license, you can then apply for additional exams to become a Health Service Executive. The HSE allows portability of your license to practice in nursing home administration (NHA), assisted living administration (AL), or in other home and community-based services (HCBS) and is currently accepted in 17 states, with more to come.
Healthcare 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 more information contact:
Sarah Boehle, Ph.D., LNHA, LSW
Health Care Administration
Department of Business Administration
Phone: (740) 351-3605