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Department of Social and Public Health

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Doug Bolon
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120 Chubb Hall
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Athens, OH 45710

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Long-Term Health Care Administration  

The mission of Health Services Administration and the Long-Term Care Administration programs is to provide the academic foundation to be successful in the health-care field. Health services administration students who graduate from Ohio University will have a thorough understanding of the health-care industry and its professional environment. Long-term care administration students who graduate from Ohio University are prepared to enter the multifacted profession that focuses on skilled nursing, assisted living and continuing-care retirement communities.

The Long-Term Care Administration program at Ohio University is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB). The curriculum focuses on courses including gerontology, nursing facility and assisted-living regulations, accounting, reimbursement, marketing, health policy, law and human resource management. A gerontology certificate is earned in conjunction with the bachelor of science in health (BSH), and students can easily complete a double major in health services administration and long-term care administration.

The Ohio University Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administration (ACHCA), a national organization devoted to the professional needs of long-term care administrators, is available to students to assist in providing opportunities such as guest speakers and employment networking.

Professional licensure is required in most states to operate a nursing facility. Therefore, students should be prepared to sit for national and state boards upon completion of the degree requirement. The long-term health care administration option fulfills the academic preparation necessary for graduates to qualify to take the state licensure examination of the Ohio Department of Health Board of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators, as well as the National Board through the National Association of Board Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators. Students may decide to prepare for licensure boards in other states.

Graduates of Ohio University's Long-Term Care Administration program have historically been successful in the profession. Many are recruited by national and regional companies for administration and management positions.

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College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.