The Long-Term Care concentration is designed to address the needs of the growing older population who need access to long-term care services (LTSS). The concentration provides the skills needed to lead and manage long-term care facilities, community-based services, and health care organizations working with our Kupuna.
The Long-Term Care concentration may be suitable for those interested in future careers in long-term care, nursing, medicine, health-related non-profits, and research and biomedical related fields. The concentration prepares students for professional schools such as medical school, physician assistant school, nursing school and graduate public health programs. Conferral of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Long-Term Care does not result in professional NHA licensure.
The Long-Term Care Concentration courses are offered via distance delivery only. Some Long-Term Care Concentration courses could contain a course component that requires a face-to-face element, please contact the Long-Term Care faculty for additional information.
Internships / Practicums
Internships/practicums provide students with practical work experience using the skills and knowledge gained from the coursework in the Long-Term Care concentration. Sites include long-term care facilities, community-based services ,government agencies, long-term care advocates, ; and payers of long-term care services .
These sites might include nursing and sub-acute facilities, assisted living, hospice, home care, adult day care, the Hawaii State Dept. of Health, The Executive Office on Aging, The City and County Elder Affairs Division, the Healthcare Association of Hawai’i, Meals on Wheels, Senior centers, clubs, and organizations, and Medicare and Medicaid providers. Students are able to choose the specific site they are most interested in and work on projects designed by the student and the organization.
Careers and Earning Potential
Long-Term Care careers are available in both the public and private sectorsIn non-clinical administrative positions, salaries vary depending on position, provider, certification/licensure required, and experience in the field.
For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Career Explorer website.
A healthcare/long-term care administrator student club is being established at UH West Oʻahu to enhance student learning and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills such as communication, peer and community interaction, work ethics, networking, and teamwork. Slated to begin in Fall 2019, students will have the opportunity to network with healthcare leaders, recent graduates of UH West Oʻahu who currently work in long-term care, and interact with the community of elders, potential users of long-term care services.