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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Long-Term Care Administrator, Certificate

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The Long-Term Care Administrator Certificate is designed for students with a prior degree who plan to sit for the Nursing Home Administrator licensure exam.  Students must meet the eligibility requirements of the Iowa Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators which include verification of a four-year degree.

For more information about the Long-Term Care Administrator Certificate, please visit our website at:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are strongly advised to contact one of the staff members of Aging Services Management in Bldg. 24, Room 208A (Ankeny Campus) or call 515-964-6814 for additional important information.

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students may start any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Long-Term Care Administrator Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 38*

*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

These credits are applicable to the AAS degree in Aging Services Management  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books/Supplies (approx) 1,050-1,400 600-800 900-1,200

The costs for the program are estimates and subject to change. All students are required to pay for and obtain their own DCI and abuse registry check (one for each last name change and maiden), physical, and TB test. Practicum/Agency Experience cannot be done without this information.

Approximate total cost for program: $9,162-10,012**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operation of a healthcare facility.
  • Recruit and hire professional and nonprofessional persons for the facility staff.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate the work of the staff.
  • Participate in developing and leading continuing training and in-service education.
  • Supervise operation of departments such as business, nursing, dietary, laundry, maintenance, housekeeping.
  • Participate in preparation of annual budget, annual financial report and other reports.
  • Act as a public relations representative.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Initiate and maintain a leadership role.
  • Direct, manage and evaluate personnel.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with residents, staff and community agencies.
  • Work with numbers to prepare financial reports and budgets.
  • Work with and like people who are older and/or chronically ill or disabled.
  • Awareness of the need for continual personal and professional growth.
  • Effective oral and written communications.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • The program courses (ASM) are offered in a nontraditional format.
  • Attendance at all face-to-face course meetings is required.
  • Offers excellent opportunities for returning students.
  • Average starting salary $60,000-$75,000+. (Sources: and

Program Competencies

  1. Direct and control essential management functions of a health care administrator in senior care settings to help achieve the goals or the organization.
  2. Demonstrate basic elements of a human resource management program for the health care industry including policies and procedures in the health are setting.
  3. Identify issues related to government regulation of employment compensation and hours of work.
  4. Explain different types and levels of care in the health care delivery systems.
  5. Implement social service, activities, and volunteer programs to meet client needs person-directed care at they relate to residents’ quality of care and quality of life.
  6. Demonstrate regulatory responsibility of each state and federal agencies.
  7. Investigate theories of ageism in gerontology and discuss ageism as a social problem.
  8. Discuss the mental health as it relates to the elderly.
  9. Apply ethical concerns in health care to decisions in medical treatment.
  10. Examine what it means to be a professional in the field of aging.
  11. Develop knowledge and organizational skills needed to supervise and manage various departments including nursing, dietary, social services, human resources, environmental services, and activities.
  12. Evaluate essential elements of fiscal leadership of the long-term are organizations.
  13. Prepare types of budgets used in long-term care facilities and health care facilities.
  14. Work with other health care professionals to develop computer skills.
  15. Effective oral and written communication with staff and business associates.
  16. Act as a public relations representative in the community.
  17. Describe the specialized information systems in health care.
  18. Determine the components of the legal system related to health care.
  19. Develop an understanding the role of agencies that supervise the long-term care industry.
  20. Implement established Medicaid and Medicaid policies and procedures in the long-term organizations.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at (2021)

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