The Aging Services Management program provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a healthcare administrator in long-term care facilities and residential care facilities; a director in assisted living and adult day care programs; or management with adult services agencies. An administrator or director may be responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, directing and budgeting of a facility or agency that works with the older adult population.
The Long-Term Care Administration AAS degree track provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a nursing home administrator. Administrators play a vital role in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling the operation of a Long-Term Care Facility. To be eligible to be a nursing home administrator in Iowa, students will need to transfer to a four-year college or university and complete a BS/BA degree.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are strongly advised to contact one of the staff members in Aging Services Management in Bldg. 24, Room 208A, on the Ankeny Campus or call 515-964-6814 or 515-964-6262 regarding additional important information to meet state licensure requirements for nursing home administrator.
For more information about the Aging Services Management program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/aging.
Students may start any semester.
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend a required information/registration session.
To earn an Aging Services Management Long-Term Care AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the required and option courses and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree, Long-Term Care Administration Concentration - 68
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Books and supplies are $150-$200 per course. 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. Agency Experience cannot be done without this information.
Approximate total for program $13,774-15,124*
*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Plan, organize, direct and control the operation of a healthcare facility.
- Recruit and hire professional and nonprofessional persons for the facility staff.
- Direct, supervise and evaluate work of staff.
- Participate in developing and leading continuing training and in-service education.
- Supervise operation of various departments such as business, nursing, dietary, laundry maintenance and housekeeping.
- Participate in preparation of annual budget, annual financial report, and reports for publications.
- Act as a public relations representative
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Ability to initiate and maintain a leadership role.
- Ability to direct, manage and evaluate personnel.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with residents, staff and community agencies.
- Ability to work with numbers to prepare financial reports and budgets.
- Ability to 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 Program or Career Choice?
- The program courses (ASM) are a combination of seminars and group meetings.
- Attendance at all course seminars is required.
- Offers excellent opportunities for returning students.
- Average starting salary $60,000-$75,000+
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