Eastern Washington University adds LTC-focused admin program

Eastern Washington University in Washington state has added a bachelor’s degree program in Health Services Administration specializing in long-term care administration

The 120-credit-hour program from the College of Health Science & Public Health is based on its established Health Services Administration degree, but includes an 8-credit track in aging issues. The program involves a 1,000-hour practicum specific to eldercare settings and uses administrator-in-training programs along with course study where possible. Students are encouraged to join professional associations, including the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA).

The new senior care-centric degree program began in Fall 2016 at the university’s Seattle campus. If approved by the national accreditation boards in April 2017, it will be the first program of its kind in the western half of the country, according to a news story in the university’s student news publication, Easterner Online.

The program is currently available at the Spokane campus, but may be expanded in the future.

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