PAC Concentration

Are you prepared to take on the demand for health service careers in the gerontology industry?

Twenty percent of the United States population will be 65+ by the year 2030. The past increase in the number of older Americans and the expected shift in the population as baby boomers reach older ages will alter the economic, social, and political roles occupied by older adults continuing to bring about changes in our society as a whole. 

Additionally, the Bureau of Labor statistics predicts that until 2028 there will be an 18% increase in the demand for employment for health services managers in the gerontology sector.

The University of Southern Indiana's MHA program offers an online specialization in Post Acute Care (PAC) concentration to help you take on the rising demand for health administration management positions in the gerontology industry. 

The PAC concentration is comprised of four, three credit hour didactic courses covering content areas in:

  • Principles of Aging
  • Health Policy
  • Administration
  • Finance

Courses within the PAC concentration will emphasize social determinants of health, regulation, the legislative process and licensure requirements. In addition to the four specialty courses, an optional Administrator in Training (AIT) residency is offered. The AIT residency is comprised of two, 520 hour experiences, in which will equate to eight academic credit hours. 

The eight credit hour Administrator in Training residency, in addition to the MHA, will provide students with exposure to all nursing home operations, business practices and resident issues. 

Students who complete both the MHA-PAC concentration AND the AIT residency are eligible to sit for the National and State of Indiana nursing home administration licensure exams. The MHA-PAC concentration courses and AIT residency emphasizes active and engaged learning and will be 100% online. 

We intend to seek accreditation from the National Association of Long-Term Care Administration Board (NAB).


Dr. Kevin Valadares
Program Chair

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