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Prepare for a Career in Growing Long-Term Care Field With New Concentration Demand for long-term care administrators is growing steadily

LongTermCare1Do you know someone, perhaps yourself, who has a good head for business, yet also enjoys being with people?

Such aptitudes make for excellent administrators in Long-Term Care, a dramatically growing field with excellent prospects for well-paying employment. National Louis University is launching a concentration in Long-Term Care, starting in Fall 2016, that will prepare students to sit for accreditation exams and pursue career opportunities as administrators of assisted living, nursing care and rehabilitation facilities.

The need for these facilities is growing because the population of the large Baby Boom generation is aging. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts employment of medical and health services managers will grow by 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

“This concentration, coupled with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, will put students in a strong position to gain good jobs in long-term care administration,” said David SanFilippo, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of NLU’s health studies programs.

Undergraduate and graduate students in health care, health care administration, business, psychology and related fields can benefit from the concentration. Students pursuing their B.S. in Management, B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences and B.S. in Health Care Leadership may find it a particularly good fit.

Students taking the long-term care concentration will learn about the practical applications of working in the healthcare field, as each course includes a field experience. The concentration includes four courses, offered in an online or blended format.

Taught by current LTC administrators

“The instructors who helped develop the courses, and help teach them, are current long-term care administrators,” said SanFilippo. He recommended that undergraduates who are interested in long-term care, but not sure they want to commit to the entire concentration, can take the introductory course as an elective.

If both the “business” and “people” sides of a long-term care administrator’s role appeal to you,  it might be an ideal position to pursue.

“You need an interest in working with people, but also an interest in business administration and management,” SanFilippo said. “We say that administrators ‘practice by walking around.’ You’ll be working with your staff, plus occupational and other therapists, taking part in activities, having fun with residents, participating in end-of-life care. You can create an environment in which residents and workers can thrive.

“And if you like to sit down and talk to people, and hear the history of someone’s life, sit down with an aged individual. You’ll see the world from a different perspective.”

Business, health care, psych studies a good fit

The concentration will prepare students for licensing by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB), with a focus on residence service management, human resources management, leadership and governance, physical environment management and financial management for nursing home, assisted living and long term care facility care.

Graduates or students from NLU’s current programs are automatically accepted into the concentration. Students with bachelor or graduate degrees from other institutions must meet NLU’s general admission requirements, which can be found at nl.edu/applyonline.

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