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Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management

The Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) is an interdisciplinary degree which prepares graduates to assist patients and families to connect with community resources, transition from hospital to home, and manage the care of residents in an institutional setting. Offered online and in the classroom settings, students take courses from a variety of disciplines: sociology, psychology, business, nursing, and the caregiving institute.

Employers today express the need for a new skillset in their workforce. They are looking for individuals who are compassionate, culturally sensitive, have managerial skills, and the ability to communicate well with others. The LTCM Degree prepares graduates to assist patients and families to connect with community resources, transition from hospital to home, and manage the care of residents in an institutional setting with careers such as:

  • Healthcare Concierge
  • Homecare Navigators
  • Insurance Care Managers
  • Associate Directors of LTC Facilities
 

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Critical care needs are shaping tomorrow's workforce

Our graduates will be prepared to help patients and their families better navigate today's complicated health care system.
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Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Carter I

229-931-2670
leisa.easom@gsw.edu

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Student Experience

LTCM Student Experience

What is a Care Manager?

The role of a care manager is to navigate the healthcare system by:

  • helping familities and individuals connect to community services and resourses
  • increasing family understanding and access to insurance payors
  • helping individuals transition from hospital to home
  • managing the care of residents in a residential home setting
  • managing care assistance with placement of loved one in an affordable environment
  • setting up in-home services to meet health needs

FAQ

What will I learn in this program?

The LTCM Program teaches students to navigate the healthcare pathway for clients and their families. Skills include managing budgets, assisting with transitioning from hospital to home, arranging transportation for health care visits, connecting families to support systems in their community, assisting with insurance management

Why are caregiving jobs in such high demand?

We are at a national high with Alzheimer's disease and related dimentias with 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. age 65 and over being diagnosed. Georgia is the 11th state with the fastest growing older adult population and had a 50% increase from 2005-2015. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. This number could reach 16 million by 2050.

The need for critical care workers at an all-time high and projected to grow 32% from 2019 to 2029.

I want to transfer into the LTCM Program. Is this possible?

Georgia Southwestern has a total of eight partnerships with other schools to encourage a seamless transfer of credits into the Long-Term Care Management program. Current schools include:

  • Albany Technical College
  • Central Georgia Technical College
  • Columbus Technical College
  • Georgia Military College
  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • South Georgia Technical College
  • Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Transfer credits are evaluated within the Office of Registrar. Students can review course transferability with our Transfer Articulation

Can I take classes online?

Yes! Classes are offered in-person and online providing for flexibility and convenience for non-traditional students. Courses may be accessed from anywhere, providing flexibility and convenience for non-traditional students. Classroom settings are also available for some classes.

Long-term Care Management

Students will be required to complete a 150 hour internship to encourage student growth by applying classroom theory to the “real world” setting in the field.

Field Experience

An integral component of LTCM 4001 course (9 academic credit hours) is the 150 hour internship experience. This internship is designed to be a capstone experience and taken toward the end of completion of the Long-Term Care Management Degree.

The student is ultimately responsible for finding the location and agency where you will do your internship. Once your academic advisor has approved your site selection, you must bring the completed clinical initiation form to the clinical service manager (CSM) by the deadlines posted on the checklist in the internship guide. The CSM will determine the credentialing requirements (ex. Drug test, CPR certification, immunizations, etc.) of your chosen agency. All students must purchase liability insurance. See the checklist below in the Internship Guide. 

Practicum / Internship Requirements

Internship Guide

Purpose:

To encourage student growth by applying classroom theory to the “real world” setting in the field. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the duties, the responsibilities, and the nature of a career in a long term care setting.

Learning Objectives:
  • Examine the influence of cultural issues related to long term community and residential living.
  • Discuss services management from both an institutionalized and a community based perspective.
  • Analyze how the principles of long term care are integrated and supported within the environment of both institutionalized and community based settings.
  • Apply knowledge of long term care principles within the assigned internship setting.
Facilitation of Student Learning:

The success of the internship depends greatly upon the student’s realization of responsibilities. The student’s activities should reflect the policies and standards of both the agency and the University. During the internship, the student becomes a functional part of the agency completing 150 hours over the course of the semester.

Liability Insurance Required:

Students in the internship experience must carry liability insurance. The semester prior to the internship, students should access the insurance site at www.HPSO.com, then click on "Get A Quote" then "individual", then click on "student". You will then enter your state of residence, then type in the Field of Study as "Geriatric Care Manager", type in anticipated date of graduation, then continue.  Complete fields as required for student information. Students need to be prepared to pay with a debit or credit card that has their name on the card and insurance proof is available within 24 hours. If the student is not prepared to pay in this manner, they must download the paper copy and submit as instructed which may take up to two weeks to process. Turn in proof of liability insurance to Ms. Tiffany Battle in nursing.

Successful Outcomes:

Throughout the semester, the student will complete several steps for internship success which include:

  1. Select an agency, using the criteria for agency selection, related to area of interest in Long Term Care and obtain consent for internship experience.
  2. Complete a LTCM Clinical Initiation Form and submit to your Faculty Advisor.
  3. Submit a signed approval form to Mrs. Tiffany Battle, clinical service manager, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, following posted deadlines. (See Checklist below).
  4. Submit the Student/Agency Contract to approved agency and return completed form to Faculty Advisor.
  5. Complete 150 hours at selected internship agency with internship supervisor (assigned by agency).
  6. Complete assigned forms during the course of the semester:
    1. Internship Reflections - due within 24 hours of each internship experience.
    2. Internship Time Sheet - one copy with planned dates to faculty advisor at beginning of internship and a copy with signatures at end of experience.
    3. Internship Evaluation Tool - completed at mid-point and end-point by student, internship supervisor and faculty advisor. Due at mid-point and end-point.
    4. Submit all requirements of the portfolio:
      1. cover page;
      2. table of contents;
      3. resume; (example)
      4. description of the internship agency; (form)
      5. short narrative on the definition of long term care within the framework of the agency (approximately 250 words);
      6. internship time sheet; (form)
      7. internship reflections; (form)
      8. internship evaluation tool; (form)

Approval of Site

Meet with your faculty adviser for approval of your site choice.  It is strongly suggested that you start this process at least 5-6 months prior to the time you intend to start your internship.

MOU Partnerships:

Clinical Initiation

Bring in your signed Clinical Initiation Form to the Clinical Service Manager (CSM).
See Mrs. Tiffany Battle (Clinical Service Manager) in College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Room 134

Deadlines for submitting Clinical Initiation Form
  • October 1 for Spring Semester
  • March 1 for Summer Semester
  • June 1 for Fall Semester

Submit Requirements

CSM will determine facility requirements and notify student of requirements and if application to ACEMAPP is needed:

  • If ACEMAPP is required student will submit requirements via ACEMAPP prior to deadline
  • If ACEMAPP is not required student will submit requirements to CSM prior to deadline

GSW has an academic partnership with Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) which is a national organization who leads the community of Aging Life Care Professionals® through education, professional development, and the highest ethical standards. An Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. The academic partnership with ALCA demonstrates a relationship to the national organization and provides a professional pathway for current students and graduates to seek national credentialing as a Certified Manager of Care.