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Gerontology Management

As a large portion of our population ages, demand for healthcare managers to coordinate, plan and direct senior health services may grow. Dedicated healthcare programs are more recognized by employers in the healthcare field*, and AIU®’s Bachelor of Healthcare Management is ideal for those interested in healthcare organizations. This is a targeted degree program designed to give students comprehensive core of knowledge about the U.S. Healthcare System, its structure, operations, regulations and management. The specialization in Gerontology Management prepares students to manage healthcare with a focus on senior services such as long-term care, short term care, home care, rehabilitation, nursing care, community-based services and chronic care.

In-Depth Specialization

By studying key topics in Health Services Administration Management to complete the upper division’s core specialization requirements, you have an opportunity to focus your interests on coordinating, planning and directing healthcare services including administering operations, finance, policy development, service delivery and compliance for a wide range of health organizations.

*The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers (visited April 30, 2014).

  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

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  • Program Length

    36 MONTHS

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  • AIU’s BHCM is specifically designed to prepare students to seek careers as managers and leaders in this rapidly expanding industry. During their course of study, students will learn from professors who are industry specialists who can share their real-world perspectives and experiences common to managing healthcare organizations such as hospitals and nursing homes.

    Successful completion of the Bachelor of Healthcare Management – Specialization in Gerontology Management will provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge about the healthcare industry, aging services and gerontology, including how to:

    • Interpret and explain concepts effectively in various healthcare organizations and situations
    • Demonstrate and understanding of the aging services industry including nursing care, home healthcare services, retirement communities, delivered services, rehabilitation and therapy facilities, memory care services and assisted living
    • Apply principles of economics and finance to make effective decisions in various healthcare settings for various contemporary healthcare practices and functions
    • Analyze the relationships between costs, quality, and access to healthcare in the U.S.
    • Formulate current operation’s management practices and principles used in the current healthcare environment
    • Evaluate the types of information and information systems capabilities/technology needed by healthcare organizations
    • Evaluate potential ethical and legal conflicts in healthcare related to legislative and regulatory issues affecting healthcare

    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

    AIU's business administration degree programs with all their specializations, except for Technology Management and Fashion Marketing, are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Accounting, Bachelor of Healthcare Management and Master of Healthcare Management degree programs are not accredited by ACBSP.

  • In this specialized curriculum, students can gain a comprehensive core of knowledge about the U.S. healthcare system including its structure, operations, regulations and management with a focus on administrative roles in healthcare services. The Bachelor of Healthcare Management (BHCM) provides students with an opportunity to study healthcare directly across many disciplines in order to prepare students for a career in healthcare management.


    • Administration of Long-Term Care
    • Marketing to an Aging Population
    • Case Management for Gerontology
    • Gerontology Research Methods
    • Counseling for Gerontology
    • Sociology and Ageing
    • Healthcare Information Systems
    • Team Leadership in Healthcare
    • Creative Problem Solving
    • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
    • Performance Management and Employee Services

    Download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • AIU’s Bachelor of Healthcare Management – Specialization in Gerontology Management is designed to help students develop a strong foundation in healthcare management fundamentals. Specialized study of aging services prepares students to make effective decisions and respond to the healthcare needs of our increasing population of aging adults.

    Equipped with these skills and knowledge of healthcare systems, students may be able to find careers in these fields:

    • Long-Term Care Management
    • Rehabilitation Facility Management
    • Home Healthcare Administration
    • Aging Services Management

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