According to Caregiver.org, the number of patients using paid long-term care services is expected to double to 27 million by 2050. If you complete the Long-Term Care Specialization, you may pursue further studies and employment in a variety of fields in a growing industry. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.
Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees
Enhance your health and human services degree when you add the Long-Term Care specialization to your Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services degree program. Study gerontology and the challenges confronting long-term care facilities with these four (4), three (3) credit courses required for this specialization.
HCA 333 Introduction to Long-Term Care
This course provides an overview of the long-term service delivery continuum. Course topics include: the concept of patient-family-centered services, introduction to theories of adult development and aging, modalities of the long term care delivery system, organizational culture, introduction to regulatory agencies, financial resources, and assurance of quality.
HCA 442 Contemporary Issues in Aging
This course presents significant major interdisciplinary aging issues and controversies drawn from biological sciences, medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology, gerontology, public policy, and social work. With an emphasis on critical thinking, divergent views and perspectives of aging phenomenology are explored through the reading and research of selected articles and reports covering current topical content.
PSY 317 Cognitive Functioning in the Elderly
This course will introduce changes both cognitively and physically, that occur in both healthy and pathological aging. This course will emphasize changes in functioning, learning, language-processing, decision-making, memory, and reasoning in older adults Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent.
SOC 304 Social Gerontology
The course focuses on social stereotypes and prejudice against the aged, discrimination, friends and family, care giving, living environments, demography, senior political power, legislation, elder abuse, and death and dying.