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Graduate Certificates

The School of Health Administration offers graduate certificates in long term care administration. The certificate coursework is scheduled at times convenient to students with full-time jobs. In most cases, coursework taken for a graduate certificate with an earned grade of “B” or better can be transferred to a graduate degree in the School of Health Administration.

Interested applicants seeking admission to a graduate certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree and a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours leading to the bachelor’s degree. Applicants should apply for admission through the Graduate College (click here for online application) as a “Texas State Certificate Program” applicant and must submit an application, an application fee, and an official transcript(s).

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration

This certificate has been discontinued because the American College of Healthcare Executives recommends an MHA to serve in leadership of healthcare organizations.

Graduate Certificate in Long Term Care Administration

The graduate certificate in long term care administration (LTCA) is designed to offer the coursework and field placement necessary to become a licensed nursing facility administrator. Long term care is a rapidly growing field with increasing demand for licensed administrators. The graduate certificate in LTCA is designed to meet the Texas license requirements for nursing facility administrators.  All questions regarding licensure and State exam requirements should be directed to the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) at 512-438-2015.

Applicants may want to contact HHS before applying to the graduate certificate in Long Term Care Administration to see if coursework taken previously will count towards one of the five DADS-required domains.  If HHS counts previous coursework, applicants can take the remaining coursework at Texas State as a non-degree/visiting student (see Apply Texas graduate application).

Once accepted, students must complete a five-course (15 semester hour) program of study with a 3.0 or better GPA and no grade lower than “C”. Required courses include:

  • LTCA 5322--Environmental Management in Long Term Care
  • LTCA 5323--Governance Management in Long Term Care
  • LTCA 5324--Personnel Management in Long Term Care
  • LTCA 5325--Resident Care Management in Long Term Care
  • LTCA 5335--Financial Management in Long Term Care

Your certificate requirements include LTCA 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325, and 5335. The delivery of this program is web-based with no required in-class meetings.  To participate in this online format requires certain hardware & software requirements that can be found at

Field placement is not part of the graduate certificate.  The HHS requires that you complete a 1,000 hour administrator-in-training (AIT) internship with an HHS-approved preceptor in a licensed nursing home with a minimum of 60 beds before you take the licensing exam. The School of Health Administration has a limited number of placements for students who cannot find their own sites.  To make use of this option would require an additional enrollment in three 6-hour courses on top of the certificate to complete the number of hours required.

For More Information Contact

Dr. Michael Mileski
Associate Professor & LTCA Program Coordinator
School of Health Administration
Encino Hall, 258

Main Office Phone: 512.245.3494
Office Fax: 512.245.8712