The Gerontology program is part of the Department of Human Services in the BGSU College of Health & Human Services

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Bachelor of Science

Gerontology with Long-Term Care Specialization

The bachelor of science in gerontology with a long-term care specialization prepares graduates to seek licensure as a nursing home administrator.

The licensed administrator holds an executive position overseeing clinical, financial, regulatory, and life safety.

Quality classroom experiences

The average class size is small allowing for students and faculty to interact on a more personal level. Students participate in volunteering, service learning and a required practicum that provides an understanding of the needs of older adults and the services they require.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Aging, Individual & Society
  • Health Care Law
  • Principles of Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance


The LTC administration specialization combines a major in gerontology with coursework in areas such as accounting, economics, and management. This specialization prepares students to sit for both the state (Ohio) and federal nursing home administrator’s licensure examinations. Students are also prepared to sit for the national assisted living and home and community based services administrator exams.

Fully accredited by National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) as a Health Services Executive Program which allows BGSU graduates to sit for licensure as nursing home, assisted living, and home and community based services administrators.

Internships and Careers

The practicum experience blends theory from the classroom with practical experience in an agency serving older adults. Students specializing in LTC administration are required to complete an internship of at least 1,000 hours or as required by Ohio's Board of Executives of Long-Term Care Services and Support (BELTSS) and/or our accrediting body, the NAB.

GO FAR in your career

  • Business Office Manager
  • Assisted Living Director
  • Admissions/Marketing Director
  • Assistant Administrator
  • Nursing Home Administrator

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The Gerontology program is part of the Department of Human Services in the BGSU College of Health & Human Services

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Gerontology are expected to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary policies and practices, as well as social and cultural issues, as they relate to the elderly, gerontology, and long-term care;
  • Demonstrate mastery of key concepts related to aging and societal responses in meeting the needs of the aging population;
  • Communicate knowledge about aging to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Gerontology program is accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and is in good standing.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Gerontology program leads to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Gerontology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

  • Long-term Care Administration

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 03/04/2021 03:50PM