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Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration Online Program

As the population continues to age, a dramatic growth in the demand for healthcare services is likely. The LSUA Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration can help you build on your current skills to improve the quality of care for the elderly, and improve your opportunities for jobs in this field.

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81 credit hours*
$259.78 per credit hour

A Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration offers you the knowledge and skills you need to manage the care of the elderly. You will gain financial skills, as well as policy, management and marketing skills.

In the LSUA Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration online program, you will learn:

  • Best practices for team centered care of the elderly
  • Evidence-based care for vulnerable populations
  • Communication skills for elderly and their families
  • The basics of healthcare systems operations
  • The financial aspects of healthcare

*A total of 121 credit hours are needed to attain the Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration degree. Credits will vary based on university advisement.

Online Courses

Coursework in this 121-hour online B.S. in Elder Care Administration covers topics such as healthcare economics, healthcare administration, principles of management and corporate finance. Students must complete 39 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences (9), Humanities (9), & Fine Arts (3). CMIS (1)* and 81 hours of Foundation Courses.

*Students may opt to complete the CCE, transfer in a comparable credit. Must refer to LSUA for exam details.

General Education Courses
ENGL 1001 English Composition

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FIAR 1001 Introduction to Fine Arts

An introduction to the fundamental problems and concepts of art in the fields of design, sculpture, graphics, painting, and ceramics as they relate to the home, community, religion, commerce, and industry. Discussions, lectures, outside readings.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2027 Poetry

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and uses of poetry over time and across cultures. [CENL 2313]

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2031 The Novel

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and development of the novel over time and across cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2084 Myths, Legends, and Folklore

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of myths, legends, and folklore and their relationship to narrative patterns in literature. May include examples from non-Western cultures, such as Native American, Asian, African, and Islamic cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 1061 Communication Fundamentals

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, with opportunities for communication skills acquisition and practice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 2060 Public Speaking

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1001 History of Western Civilization I

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies in Western Civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation Era.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1003 History of Western Civilization II

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies of Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the present.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2055 American History I

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from the earliest times to 1865. Topics include interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans in America; the impact of English colonial developments; American slavery; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of antebellum America; foreign policy and territorial expansion in North America; and the American Civil War.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2057 American History II

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from 1865 to present. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, Progressivism, Twentieth-Century American foreign policy and wars, the Great Depression and New Deal, the Cold War and civil rights movement, and contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1021 College Algebra

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 2011 General Statistics

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1029 Contemporary Mathematics

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1021. A survey of practical mathematics for non-science majors. Topics can be chosen from—but not limited to—sets, logic, number systems, number theory, geometry, finance, graph theory, voting, and mathematics history.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1001 General Biology I

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021. An introduction to biological principles including scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1201 to meet a degree's requirement.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1002 General Biology II

Prerequisite: BIOL 1001. A taxonomic survey of living organisms (bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals) and viruses. Includes study of structure and functions of organs and systems with emphasis on advanced plants and vertebrates. Also covers basic evolutionary and ecological principles and reinforces use of the scientific process. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1202 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 2030 Introduction to Environmental Science

Prerequisite: ENGL 1002. Basic ecological principles related to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The scientific approach to environmental issues and society's response to these issues are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 1001 Physical Science I

Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1021. A non-technical survey course covering a broad range of topics in the field of chemistry and physics. It is not intended for students who wish to pursue further work in chemistry or physics, and may not be substituted for basic courses covering these areas of science.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 2063 Meteorology

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 1021 or MATH 1313. Atmospheric processes and how they contribute to resulting weather events; current weather observations and forecasting techniques; severe events; weather service of NOAA.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CHEM 1001 Intro Chemistry for Non-Science Majors I

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLI 2051 American Government

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2000 Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001. A survey course with emphasis on introducing the student to the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foundation Courses
BUSN 1001 Introduction to Business

A survey course designed to present an overview of the operation of the business firm and acquaint the student with phases of business organizations and operations and guide them in their occupational choice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 2010 Principles of Macroeconomics

Prerequisite: MATH 1021. An introductory study of the nature of economics, economic concepts and problems, economic system, and the role of government. Special emphasis is placed upon the accounting, analytical and policy aspects of national income and product and upon the money and banking system.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics

Prerequisite: MATH 1021. A study of basic economics, exploring theories of production, determination of prices in regulated and unregulated industries, functional distribution, international economics, and problems of economic development.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2070 Developmental Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001 and PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A life span survey of psychological changes (social, emotional, & intellectual) in development from conception to death.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ACCT 2001 Financial Accounting

Prerequisite: MATH 1021 and a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. Financial accounting with emphasis on knowledge required for completion of the accounting cycle, including income measurement and financial statement preparation; accounting for current and plant assets, current and long-term liabilities, stockholders' equity, and cash flows.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ACCT 2101 Managerial Accounting

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ACCT 2001. Principles and methods of accounting primarily concerned with data gathering and presentation for purposes of internal management evaluation and decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BLAW 3201 Business Law I

A survey of general elementary law, contracts, principal and agent, employer and employees, negotiable instruments, partnerships and corporations, bailments, sales, mortgages, torts, insurance, real estate, and bankruptcy.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECAM 3060 Elder Care Administrative Internship I

Prerequisites: ECON 4421, FINC 4718, or permission of the instructor. Open only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration. A structured program of supervised partition in health care organizations with emphasis on nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Student must work a minimum of 260 hours per semester; keep a journal describing their work activities and hours worked; and write weekly reports and a final paper describing the learning value of their internship. Students must also participate in group and individual sessions with the instructor. Students must make application for the internship in the semester prior to that in which it will be taken. Internship employment must be secured before registering for the class.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECAM 3061 Elder Care Administrative Internship II

Prerequisites: ECON 4421, FINC 4718, ECAM 3060 or permission of the instructor. Open to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration. Designed to be a structured program of supervised partition in health care organizations with emphasis on nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Student must work a minimum of 260 hours per semester; keep a journal describing their work activities and hours worked; and write weekly reports and a final paper describing the learning value of their internship. Students must also participate in group and individual sessions with the instructor. Students must make application for the internship in the semester prior to that in which it will be taken. Internship employment must be secured before registering for the class.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECAM 4060 Elder Care Administration Internship III

Prerequisites: ECON 4421, FINC 4718, ECAM 3061, or permission of the instructor. Open only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of General Studies - Eldercare Administration major. Designed to be a structured program of supervised participation in health care organizations with emphasis on nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Students must work a minimum of 260 hours during the semester; keep a journal describing their work activities and hours worked; write weekly reports and a final paper describing the learning value of their internship. Students must also participate in group and individual sessions with the instructor. Students must make application for the internship in the semester prior to that in which it will be taken. Internship employment must be secured before registering for the class.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECAM 4061 Elder Care Administration Internship IV

Prerequisites: ECON 4421, FINC 4718, ECAM 3061, or permission of the instructor. Open only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration. Designed to be a structured program of supervised participation in health care organizations with emphasis on nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Students must work a minimum of 260 hours during a semester; keep a journal describing their work activities and hours worked; and write weekly reports and a final paper describing the learning value of their internship. Students must also participate in group and individual sessions with the instructor. Students must make application for the internship in the semester prior to that in which it will be taken. Internship employment must be secured before registering for the class.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 4421 Health Care Economics

Prerequisite: permission of the department chair. Applied microeconomics covering the determinants of supply and demand for health care; markets for physician services, nurses, hospital services, medical education, and health insurance; the role of government in medical care and health insurance.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 4718 Corporate Finance for Healthcare

Prerequisite: permission of the department chair. Applied course on corporate financial topics necessary to manage both profit and not-for-profit health care organizations. It aims to impart an understanding of how financial theory and practice can inform the decision making of the health care firm.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HESC 1003 Introduction to the Health Care System

This course is designed to introduce persons with an interest in health care delivery to the health care system. The information in this course will focus on the history of health care. Other areas of interest are the financial aspects of health care; providers of health care; legal and ethical issues of health care; and health care as a profession. Recommended for pre-nursing students and other students interested in health care delivery.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
HESC 1004 Client Care Interactions

Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL 1001. This course provides for the study of concepts in client care interactions. The use of communication skills with patients, families, and health team members is stressed. Emphasis is placed on the care-giver's development of skills to promote positive relationships with clients across the life span.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
HESC 1400 Health Care Language Applications

Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL 1001. A comprehensive study of the complex language of health care, medical terminology, with practical applications. The body systems approach provides the learner with a strong foundation for interpretation of case reports, operative and diagnostic lists, autopsy records, laboratory, and radiology reports. To broaden the understanding of applications of health care language, basic underlying concepts of anatomy, physiology, and pathology are integrated with related medical terminology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 3200 Principles of Management

Prerequisites: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. Management functions, including planning, organizing, staffing/human resource management, leading/interpersonal influence, and controlling in both domestic and international spheres.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 4620 Human Behavior in Organizations

Prerequisite: MGMT 3200. Behavioral sciences applied to understanding human dynamics in organizations; focus on individual, interpersonal, group, and intergroup behavior; impact of human behavior on organizational effectiveness.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 3401 Principles of Marketing

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. The field of marketing; marketing environment, functions, and institutional structure at a macro level; marketing strategy and policies at a micro level; problems of cost and productivity; viewpoints of society, consumer, and marketing manager.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHIL 2025 Bioethics

Defining health and disease; deciding on rights, duties, and obligations in the patient-physician relationship; abortion and the concept of a person; defining and determining death; euthanasia and the dignity of death; allocation of medical resources, both large-scale and small-scale; experimentation with fetuses, children, prisoners, and animals; genetic testing, screening, and interference.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHIL 3025 Medical Ethics and Law

Study of various ethical and legal issues that arise in professions with responsibility for management of the care of the elderly.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLI 4012 Politics and Policy of Elder Health Care

Prerequisite: credit for or enrollment in POLI 2051. Introduction to healthcare public policy relating especially to older Americans.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 2093 Aging in American Society

A survey of social and cultural aspects of aging with particular emphasis upon American society and the problems encountered by older persons.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 4531 The Aged in Contemporary Society

Social, demographic, psychological, cultural, and health factors related to the aging process in contemporary society.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMIS 1150 Personal Productivity Using IT Tools

Develops skill in using current off-the-shelf word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and personal database software.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3075 TBD

TBD

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 28

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October 23

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Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition Breakdown

$259.78

Per Credit Hour

$779.34

Per Three Credit Hour Course

Financial Aid

LSUA works with students to help them remove financial barriers to education, and to make sure you are comfortable. There are loans and grants available.

Admissions

Are you a first-time freshman or a transfer student? Find out what you need to be admitted.

If you are a Louisiana resident, you must:

  • Complete LA Core 4 Curriculum, or its equivalent at time of high school graduation
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Require no Developmental Courses
  • Have either 2.0 GPA or greater in Core Courses, or ACT Composite of 20* or greater

If you are a transfer student, you must:

  • Have earned 12 non-developmental course hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Have completed a college-level English and Math course designed to fulfill general education requirements.

Note: Students transferring with fewer than 12 non-developmental hours, or students transferring from schools not regionally accredited, must have at least a 2.0 college GPA and meet First-Time Freshmen criteria.