Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

AIU’s Bachelor of Healthcare Management, specialization in Gerontology Management, is a targeted degree program designed to help students gain a comprehensive core of knowledge about the U.S. healthcare system, including its structure, operations, regulations and management, with a focus on services for the aging population.

The Bachelor of Healthcare Management helps provide students with an opportunity to study healthcare directly across many disciplines, in order to help students prepare for opportunities in healthcare management. Added focus is placed on the management of teams that interact with patients who have special medical, social and financial conditions associated with advanced aging.

You Can Learn 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

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Degree Requirements

General Education
BUSN125Applied Business Mathematics4.5
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program
Total Credit Hours:36

Lower Division Core
ACCT205Principles of Accounting I4.5
BUSN150Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4.5
HLTH215Introduction to Healthcare4.5
HLTH225Health/Public Policy4.5
Total Credit Hours:18
Upper Division Core
FINA310Financial Management4.5
HLTH310Survey of Healthcare Management4.5
HLTH315Risk Management in Healthcare4.5
HLTH325Quality in Healthcare4.5
HLTH330Healthcare and Human Resources4.5
HLTH335Research Methods for Healthcare4.5
Total Credit Hours:27

Specialization Options

Gerontology Management Specialization
HLTH318Case Management for Gerontology4.5
HLTH320Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare4.5
HLTH322Sociology and Aging4.5
HLTH333Administration Long Term Care I4.5
HLTH340Marketing to an Aging Population4.5
HLTH430Healthcare Information Systems4.5
HLTH450Counseling for Gerontology4.5
HLTH455Death and Dying4.5
HLTH499Program Capstone4.5
Total Credit Hours:40.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

AIU's Bachelor of Healthcare Management (BHCM), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

The AIU Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree program combines the required general-education courses that provide a liberal-arts foundation with core concepts in healthcare management, as well as specialized courses designed to help provide students with the knowledge, skills, and ability to pursue opportunities in health-services management for aging populations.

At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree with a specialization in Gerontology Management, your classes may include:

Death and Dying

This course investigates contemporary healthcare management issues involved in death and dying, building upon prior coursework examining ethical and legal issues in healthcare and sociology and aging. Topics include rates and causes of death in the US, terminal illness, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and end-of-life decision-making. Ethical and legal considerations in the provision of care by healthcare organizations including hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals will also be examined.

Sociology and Aging

This course provides an introduction to the psychological aging process. Discussion cover current information and issues related to the aging process. Both theoretical and empirical information are investigated relative to the senior sector of the population. Stages of aging, disorders in the aging process along with perceptual, cognitive personality and interpersonal social human traits are considered. Death, dying and the psychological patterns in patients and loved ones are addressed. Throughout the course the role of the healthcare organization plays in dealing with various stages is addressed.

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare

This course provides a working knowledge of law and ethics in a wide variety of healthcare topics, enabling students to deal with common legal and practical problems facing patients, their families, practitioners, caregivers, and society within the healthcare industry. Students must possess a basic knowledge of ethics and the law as it applies to their areas of responsibility.

Marketing to an Aging Population

This course applies market segmentation strategies to the aging population and investigates related decision makers with insight on how marketing can influence decisions. Marketing strategies are discussed including those through a variety of public media options as well as internal to the serving organization. Ethics are a component of this course.

Research Methods for Healthcare

This course explores research methods used to determine current performance and forecast demand and probability as it relates to the healthcare industry. Special attention is given to methods of data gathering, sources, and restrictions on the use of data as well as patient rights.

Case Management for Gerontology

This course focuses on the social aspects of aging including financial planning, housing, legal concerns, health issues, and family/spousal relationships. Life altering conditions which shift life styles, independence and dependence are also discussed along with separation of life long partners and the social and physiological implications. Emotional distance created by physical and mental disabilities in patients and partners covered.

Administration Long Term Care I

This course has an emphasis on the trends and developments that are transforming long-term care. It explores the options available in care settings, programs, and services. In addition, it examines aspects of management including leadership, human resources, marketing, regulatory and legal issues, and financing to long-term care. Case studies, exercises, and self-assessment will help students internalize and apply the concepts.

Healthcare Information Systems

This course is designed to assist healthcare students in understanding principles of analysis, design, evaluation, selection, acquisition, and utilization of information systems in the healthcare organization. Sufficient technical detail on computer hardware, software, networks, and data management is included to enable the student to become conversant with modern information technology and its use in healthcare organizations.

Counseling for Gerontology

This course discusses the various medical, mental and physical issues related to aging along with social and financial issues that may evolve with an aging population. Counseling theories and methods are discussed along with a discussion of various counseling services offered. An overview of changes in the aging human body is discussed including cardiovascular and central nervous systems and their impact on mental abilities and behavior patterns.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous health specialization courses. This course provides an opportunity for the student to use the assimilated materials in a cohesive approach through challenges that reflect situations they may address in actual practice.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree in Gerontology Management?

If you like the idea of working with the elderly, the field of gerontology management could meet your goals. Healthcare managers fill key leadership positions within a vast range of healthcare facilities—from hospitals and ambulatory-care clinics to skilled nursing facilities, government agencies and research centers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in health-services management will grow by 17 percent by 2024—much faster than average.1

With a gerontology degree, you can gravitate toward, but not be limited to, a management role within an organization providing services to older adults, from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to adult day-care centers, continuing-care facilities, and other healthcare venues.


  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Managing finances, from payroll to accounts management
  • Hiring, training and supervising employees, and developing schedules
  • Being an expert on the mission of the agency and regulations that govern it
  • Working with other professionals from a wide range of disciplines
  • Monitoring and maintaining the physical elements of the facility
  • Being responsible for maintaining records and proper documentation
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Ensuring efficient, quality operation of the organization toward achieving its goals

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers,

on the Internet at (visited August 03, 2016).
Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Bachelor of Healthcare Management Degree: Specialization in Health Services Administration Management

Dedicated healthcare programs are more recognized by employers in the healthcare field. A bachelor of healthcare management focused in Health Services Administration Management can prepare you for administrative roles in hospitals, medical offices, insurance companies and extended care providers.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree: Specialization in Healthcare Management

As the healthcare industry changes and grows, managers are needed to ensure that healthcare is available to those who need it. A business degree in healthcare management can prepare you to manage healthcare products, services, facilities and new technology.

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