Long Term Care Administration | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Graduate Certificate in Long Term Care Administration (CRLA) is available for working professionals who would like to expand their knowledge and further their education in long term care administration without pursuing a full graduate degree in healthcare administration. Courses taken in this certificate program meet the academic requirements needed to be eligible to sit for the Texas licensing exam for nursing facility administrators. It is a flexible, 100% online, 15-semester hour program, provided in an accelerated 8-week format.

Courses that meet the academic requirements are eligible to transfer into the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program should you choose to continue on towards the MSHA degree.

For more information about Texas nursing facility administrators licensing, please visit the DADS website at https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/licensing-credentialing-regulation/credentialing/nf-administrators-licensing-enforcement.


Required Courses

  • HPHC 5310 Health Law & Ethics
  • HPHC 5311 Healthcare Finance
  • HPHC 5312 Strategic Planning & Marketing in Healthcare
  • HPHC 5325 Long Term Care Administration

Elective Courses (students must complete one of the following)

  • HPHC 5307 Human Resources Management in Healthcare
  • HPHC 5322 Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Management

    HPHC 5307 is a required course for the state licensure exam. Students who have not completed this course previously as an MSHA student should take HPHC 5307 as their elective course.

Optional Electives for MSHA Graduates

  • HPHC 5302 Medical Sociology
  • HPHC 5320 Health Insurance and Reimbursement

    If an MSHA Graduate has taken courses 5322 as one of their electives within the MSHA program. they will take one of the optional electives as their fourth certificate course. 

Five courses are required for this certificate. A maximum of three courses (5310, 5311, and 5312) may be transferred from the
MSHA program into the Long-term Care Administration certificate program.

MSHA graduates should take 5322 and 5325 within the certificate program.

An MSHA graduate will have completed courses 5310, 5311, 5312, and 5307 as core courses within the MSHA program. If an MSHA graduate has taken course 5325 as one of their electives within the MSHA program they will have fulfilled the didactic requirements for licensure and will not need the Long-term Care Administration certificate.

CRLA graduates may enroll in the MSHA program. They may transfer three courses into the MSHA program. They will take additional electives to make up for the core courses (over 3) they’ve taken within the certificate program

Course Descriptions

HPHC 5307 Human Resources Management in Healthcare This course introduces students to the principles of managing human resources in healthcare organizations. Concepts presented include supervision, teamwork, recruitment and selection, performance management and evaluation, compensation and benefits, motivation, training and development, and employment and labor law. Students will learn effective methods of strategically managing human resources and incorporating these within the overall strategic plan of the organization.

HPHC 5310 Health Law & Ethics This course provides an overview of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues in healthcare. Topics include patient consent, privacy, confidentiality, torts, contract law, corporate liability, malpractice, antitrust, fraud and abuse, and key federal regulations. Students will analyze and discuss legal and ethical considerations in providing health services and learn to apply these considerations in decision making as a healthcare administrator.

HPHC 5311 Healthcare Finance This course introduces students to the core concepts of financial management in healthcare, including interpretation of financial reports, financial ratio analysis, cost and profit analysis, planning and budgeting, time value analysis, financing, investments, capital budgeting, and current accounts management. The purpose of this class is to assist the student in developing the necessary analytical ability, attitudes, and decision making skills required of a healthcare manager in a changing environment.

HPHC 5312 Strategic Planning & Marketing in Healthcare The purpose of this class is to integrate key aspects of strategic planning and marketing in healthcare. The class examines strategic planning techniques, concepts, and practices, as well as leadership responsibilities regarding the creation of mission, vision, goals, and objective statements. The course integrates marketing with strategic planning such that the key elements of marketing and the complementary roles of public relations, advertising, and sales are captured in the organizational analysis.

HPHC 5322 Quality, Patient Safety, & Risk Management This course introduces the concepts of health care risk and quality management and how these domains go hand in hand with patient safety. Class work addresses the major elements of a risk management program including claims management, risk financing, risk reduction, and emergency preparedness. A “systems” approach to health care quality is provided including performance improvement methodologies, tools, and strategic initiatives to address continuous quality improvement. Appropriate standards, laws, and regulatory requirements are covered with special emphasis on compliance with Joint Commission accreditation.

HPHC 5325 Long Term Care Administration This course provides an overview of the physical, psychosocial, cognitive, cultural, and environmental factors that affect a person as they age. Topics include financial and administrative issues that affect patient services, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and community resources. Also present is an analysis and application of regulatory requirements of certified and licensed long term care facilities.