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)
HPHA 5307 Human Resources Management in Healthcare
HPHA 5322 Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Management

Course Descriptions
HPHA 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.

HPHA 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.