Long-Term Care Administration Certificate

As our senior citizen population continues to grow, so do corresponding jobs within the long-term care industry, which will need a new generation of skilled, compassionate managers. Experts predict that one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older by 2050.

Program Overview

Long-term care administrators influence virtually every aspect of how a nursing home operates, from crafting a budget to managing staff and overseeing public relations. Our state-approved certificate program prepares you for the National Nursing Home Administrator Exam and Connecticut licensure requirements. And we’ll familiarize you with the various state and federal laws and regulations that govern the industry. 

We have strong professional relationships within Connecticut’s long-term care community that become significant as you explore employment opportunities once you’ve completed the program. We ensure that you stay on top of the changing health care landscape by frequently inviting professionals from the field to share their insights as guest lecturers. 

You’ll acquire plenty of hands-on experience during the residency portion of the program. After completing the course work component, you’ll embark on two 450-hour residencies in separate skilled nursing facilities. You’ll be exposed to their operations from the ground up and develop an understanding of both the business side and patient services side of the industry. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Long-Term Care Administration Certificate
Program of Study

Required Courses
HM 669Organization and Management of Long-Term Care Facilities3
HM 790Residency I (non-degree students only)4
HM 791Residency II4
Total Credits11

Individuals who wish to become licensed nursing home administrators in the state of Connecticut must pass a licensure examination offered by the Department of Public Health. To be eligible for this examination, applicants must complete either the MBA/HCM master’s degree with HM 669 as part of the degree program and a residency requirement or the nondegree certificate of study.

The certificate course of study consists of two components: an academic course and a 900-hour residency in a skilled nursing facility. The academic course, HM 669, is generally offered once a year in the fall semester.

The residency program is offered in a two-course sequence—HM 790 and HM 791, each of which grants 450 hours of residency (for 4 credits each). Two restrictions apply to the residency program. First, the residency must be started within one year of the completion of the academic course. (Students may petition the Department of Public Health in writing if there is justification to begin the residency at another time.) Second, at least one half of the residency (450 hours) must be completed at a site where the student has had no previous financial or employment relationship. Information on this program is available in the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admissions Requirements

Application Timeline


The program begins only in the fall semester.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applicants are reviewed and a decision is rendered upon receipt of all required documents.

The suggested filing date is July 30.  

Admission Requirements


Individuals who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university are encouraged to apply.

The program of study is also available to any student taking graduate course work at Quinnipiac, and may be of particular interest to the following:

  • Quinnipiac MBA students
  • Juris doctor students
  • Law students pursing a combined JD/MBA
  • School of Medicine students