Graduate Long-Term Care Specialization

The Gerontology Program is pleased to announce the addition of a long-term care (LTC) specialization for our Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology (MSIG) program. We are now accepting applications.
Students who complete this specialization are able to sit for the Ohio and federal nursing home administration licensure exams.

The degree curriculum for the MSIG LTC program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours beyond the undergraduate degree, and includes the NAB-required Administrator in Training (AIT/internship) hours.

The degree requirements are such that students could finish the degree in four semesters of full-time study, and the program is configured to allow students to matriculate as part-time students over a period of two years. Although most students will be able to complete the required coursework within one and a half to two years, the AIT may extend the time required to obtain the degree. The MSIG LTC program includes coursework from Gerontology, Long-term Care Administration, and Management and Finance.

Individuals completing their Administrator in Training (AIT) must work a minimum of 35 hours/week at their approved site. The number of internship hours are determined by state and federal licensure and regulatory agencies such as BELTSS, NAB, and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid). Interns must be placed in an approved skilled nursing facility under the supervision of an approved Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Wendy Watson (Graduate Coordinator of the MSIG program) at 419-372-1054 or
Degree Plan for Full-Time Student

First Semester (Fall)

GERO 6010: Current Perspectives in Gerontology (3)

GERO 6100: Aging Policy and Programs (3)

GERO 5105: Long-Term Services and Supports (3)

POLS 6260: Public Personnel (3)

Second Semester (Spring)

GERO 6020: Health and Aging (3)

GERO 6530: Research Methods in Gerontology (3)

GERO 5110: Principles of Nursing Home Administration (3)

GERO 5500: Healthcare Finance (3)

Third Semester (Summer)

GERO 6250: Administration of Aging Programs (online) (3)

PUBH 6350: Public Health Law (online) (3)

GERO 6860: Directed Practicum/AIT (3)

Fourth Semester (Fall)

GERO 6860: Directed Practicum/AIT (3)