Long-Term Care Specialization

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.

Long-Term Care 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. 

Program Disclosures

Degrees Offering the Long-Term Care Specialization

Undergraduate Long-Term Care Specialization Courses

HCA 333 Introduction to Long-Term Care

3 Credits

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

3 Credits

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

3 Credits

This course explores cognitive functioning in later life including biological, socioeconomic, environmental, cognitive adaptation, and life history factors influencing cognitive function as an individual progresses along a developmental continuum. The major psychological constructs of self concept, socialization, and thinking processes are presented. Etiology, interventions, education, and support systems are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent.

SOC 304 Social Gerontology

3 Credits

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.