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Admission Requirements


Major in Health Care Administration with the Long-Term Administration Certificate

The health care administration program holds full certified undergraduate membership in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). In addition, our Long-Term Care Administration Certificate is accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrators Board (NAB).

The undergraduate degree program in health care administration prepares students for administrative positions in various types of health care facilities and agencies, such as acute care, long term care, group medical practices, managed care organizations, health insurance agencies, public health agencies, clinics, and health related organizations.

The required courses in the major are ACCT 200; FIN 330; AH 290; PH 383, 384, and 447; HCA 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 383, 440, 441, 442, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449 and two 3-hour HCA elective selected with permission of a program advisor. 

In addition to meeting the Colonnade requirements, students pursuing the health care administration curriculum must take the following: ECON 202, BIOL 131 and PH 100.

The Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) Certificate is intended to help students prepare for Nursing Home Administrator licensure and/or a career in management across the long term care continuum. Moreover, the market demand for LTC, especially in health services involving the elderly, is growing at a rapid rate. At the same time, the elderly population currently seeking care is relatively knowledgeable of its health care, social, and psychological needs. The required courses for the certificate are GERO 100, PH 443, HCA 345, HCA 355, and HCA 355. All courses listed require a minimum grade of “C” (both prerequisites and core courses).

Hours earned may be earned at WKU or transferred to WKU from a regionally accredited school. Admission to the online HCA program is competitive and space is limited. For consideration, a departmental application is required, in addition to the WKU admission application.


Please contact the program director for advising and course substitution information:

Gregory Ellis-Griffith, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Healthcare Administration
Director, Undergraduate Healthcare Administration



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 Last Modified 4/30/18