Senior Care Management Certificate

  • Credits: 16
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

Students in this program will obtain in-depth knowledge of the social and psychological aspects of aging and the care needs of the elderly while also acquiring competence in the practical aspects of managing senior care organizations. Courses are taught by faculty practitioners who have years of real-world experience in managing senior care organizations.  Work experience in senior care or health care is required to enter this program as it builds on the student’s prior knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • have an understanding of the long-term care needs of the rapidly aging population
  • understand resident care and facility management
  • comprehend reimbursement methods, fiscal management, budgeting and accounting, marketing, leadership and human resource management
  • grasp the legal, regulatory and ethical aspects of caring for the elderly


Graduates are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in, nursing homes and home health care agencies, retirement homes and assisted living facilities, physician practices, public health agencies, and community health centers that specialize in the delivery of care to the elderly.  Nurses, mental health, and social workers will gain the skills required to manage their agencies or departments. Professionals working in other areas of health care may be able to move into supervisory and managerial positions.



For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


Required Courses

DMG619 Legal Issues in Elder Care replaces CCP610.

Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Aging
CCP 600 3 credit(s)
Students explore the biology, psychology and sociology of aging, with an emphasis on how these issues manifest in clinical settings. Students will explore the biology of aging, including Ònormal aging,Ó common physical changes, medical conditions, and related functional impairment. Psychosocial issues will also be addressed, including multigenerational family dynamics, aspects of adult development (e.g. generativity, successful aging), and common late-life stressors (e.g. financial strain, bereavement, housing changes). This course will also explore sociocultural trends in aging such as cohort differences between generations, multicultural concerns, ageism and discrimination. Students will also obtain an overview of public health policy, advocacy and case management, as they relate to counseling work with older adults. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Health Care Services for the Elderly
MHC 761 3 credit(s)
This course outlines the interface of gerontolgy--the study of human aging, and elder care services--the caring for this population. It will review care provided to seniors within a variety of institutional settings, as well as outpatient and home care services. The course provides a comprehensive overview of programs, policies and services, and examines the issues, challenges and dilemmas of confronting the provision of health care services to the elderly.
Nursing Home Adminstration
MHC 762 3 credit(s)
This course is an introduction to long term care nursing home administration. It introduces the student to the industry, to facility management, to senior populations and to the variety of issues confronting the industry today. These include nursing, resident-centered care and quality of life, facility management, fiscal management and human resources, leadership, and regulatory requirements and accreditation. The content will prepare the student to take the NHA-LTC test.
Financial Management in Healthcare
MHC 725 3 credit(s)
This course prepares health care managers to participate effectively in financial decision making within health care organizations. It focuses on how to use financial and program data to effectively analyze costs of programs and departments. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and contemporary financial concepts are introduced. Special attention is given to Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, managed care, and government funding.
Health Care Policy and Ethics
MHC 750 3 credit(s)
This course gives an overview of policy development at the organizational, local and national levels. Students assess the influence of actors, arenas, and socio-historical trends on health care policy. They explore ethical principles and how they are infused into all aspects of health care and health care management.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor


  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Applicants are required to have 3-5 years of Senior Care, Health Care or other related experience.

General Requirements

All applicants need to have a basic familiarity with computers, email and word processing, and must provide us with:

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Learn more about General Requirements 

State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

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