Long-Term Care Management

Master of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    37
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $302.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $482.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Master of Science in Long-Term Care Management program prepares students for leadership roles in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, hospice centers, home-health facilities, assisted-living centers and veterans homes.

Who should choose this program? 

  • Health practitioners seeking management positions. 
  • Individuals from any field who want to pursue a non-clinical healthcare related administrative career. 

Knowledge and skills gained through coursework will increase understanding of finance, management and processes to position oneself to facilitate change and achieve higher levels of quality in an organization.  

Why should you choose this program? 

  • Provides a solid foundation in management and social science topics for well-rounded expertise to oversee long-term care facilities 
  • Internship opportunity equips you with valuable experience in the healthcare industry to jumpstart your administrative career 
  • UNK faculty will assist you in setting up an internship that is tailored to your professional goals and is located at a long-term care facility in or near your community 

Career Outlook: As an entire generation of Baby Boomers face retirement and the need for long-term healthcare, the demand for healthcare administrators or executives is growing. Long-term care administrators have a strong influence on the quality of services available to this demographic. 

Career paths include: 

  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Administrative Services Managers


Theresa Wadkins, Ph.D.
Professor & Department Chair

Theresa Wadkin’s research interests include teaching issues, assessment, drug court evaluation, forensic psychology and historical markers. She has been honored with many awards including the CNSS Faculty Mentor Award, Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award and the UNK Creative Teaching Awards.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. A written personal statement

  3. 2 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions 
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee 


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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Session
March 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCT 858Managerial Accounting System3

Course Number: ACCT 858

An analytical investigation and discussion of the adaptation of financial accounting data for internal management purposes. Focus will be on four essential aspects of reporting accounting data: cost determination, cost control, performance evaluation and financial information for planning and special decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT 801 or ACCT 250.

MGT 840PHealth Care Management I: Managing People Effectively3

Course Number: MGT 840P

Health care managers are responsible for getting things done through other people. This course focuses on giving students the tools (theory and practice) to become an effective manager in health care settings. Topics include leadership, ethics, staffing, teamwork, communication, performance management and effectively managing change in health care organizations.

MGT 841PHealth Care Management II: Managing Processes Effectively3

Course Number: MGT 841P

Health care managers are responsible for effectively coordinating, planning and managing business processes. These processes include scheduling, waiting line assessment, quality, budgeting, financial planning and forecasting.

MGT 845Cultural Responsiveness: Building Clinical and Institutional Trust2

Course Number: MGT 845

Current and future health care providers will analyze the critical issues of cultural responsiveness and building trust when treating patients from different backgrounds. Students will be mentored in writing a case report that critically assesses cultural responsiveness in the case of an individual patient.

MGT 850PHealth Care Delivery: Systems and Policies3

Course Number: MGT 850P

This course is for health sciences students and students interested in health care management. Topics include: 1) the organization, delivery and financing of health care, 2) the business side of health care including workforce issues, payment systems and cost control, 3) issues in the health care industry including the effect of government policies and 4) the opportunity for students to critically evaluate current changes in health care policies in the United States and other countries and the effect of such changes on the quality of patient care.

MGT 875Management Internship1-3

Course Number: MGT 875

MGT 875 1-3 credit hours Management Internship Professional experience and development of the student in a managerial capacity. The internship is an opportunity for the student to integrate what has been learned during program coursework in an applied setting. Objectives, content, duration, expected outcomes and credit hours of the internship will be determined by the MBA Director (or Chair of the Management Department) and the Internship Director. One credit hour = 100 clock hours logged within the setting.

MGT 890Leadership & Organizational Behavior3

Course Number: MGT 890

Focuses on leadership and human behavior in organizations, with emphasis on how group dynamics, decision making, team building, culture and conflict impact individual and organizational performance.

MGT 892Strategic Analysis & Decision Making3

Course Number: MGT 892

A course designed to integrate the knowledge acquired in other courses in business administration and to emphasize strategic analysis and decision making. This course is to be taken after 9 hours of MBA core courses are completed. Department Consent Required

PSCI 833The Politics & Policy of Health Care3

Course Number: PSCI 833

An examination of current government policies, policy alternatives and political interests that complicate the development and implementation of health policies in the United States.

PSY 804Health Care Ethics2

Course Number: PSY 804

This course will cover common issues encountered by healthcare practitioners in various research and applied paths. The goal of the course is to introduce students to pertinent ethical issues they are likely to face in their career. The course includes lectures, discussions, journals and case studies complementing the learning process.

PSY 840PHealth Psychology3

Course Number: PSY 840P

Examines how thoughts, emotions, behaviors, physiology, and culture influence health and well-being. Topics include: physical systems of the body, stress and illness, health-related behaviors, health services and end-of-life care.

PSY 862Adult Development & Aging3

Course Number: PSY 862

PSY 862 3 credit hours Adult Development and Aging The changes that come with age are addressed. Topics include physical decline, attitudes toward death and dying and theories of biological, psychological and social aging.

SOWK 871Aging Services3

Course Number: SOWK 871

The common problems of the aged and their families are studied, knowledge of existing services is provided and students are exposed to the initial theory and practice of delivering services to the aged in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $302.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $354.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $906.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1062.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $482.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $534.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1446.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1602.75

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