Assisted living administrators oversee day-to-day operations and supervise clinical staff at assisted living and long-term care facilities. Many aspiring professionals begin their education by earning a bachelor's or master's degree in a field like health care administration or health sciences management. Some schools also require that incoming students have at least two years' experience in the health care industry. Certificate programs typically are offered by 4-year colleges and universities and most states require certification or licensure for assisted living administrators.
- Program Levels: Graduate level certificate
- Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, two years experience in health industry
- Program Length: 15 credit hours
Assisted Living Administrator Graduate Level Certification
A graduate certificate program in assisted living administration, which usually consists of about 15 credit hours, teaches individuals to analyze data related to aging populations. Students study the regulations and patient care procedures that relate specifically to the elderly. Students also learn to supervise personnel, handle the intake of new patients, develop strategic management plans and oversee the care of those individuals suffering from age-related conditions, such as dementia. Students may study the following topics:
- Alzheimer's disease and related conditions
- Management of assisted living facilities
- Strategic management principles
- The U.S. health system
- Counseling for terminally ill patients
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Health services managers at nursing care facilities held about 20,000 positions in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The mean annual salary for health services managers at nursing care facilities was $85,730 in May 2014.
Certification and Licensure Information
Certification or licensure requirements for assisted living administrators vary by state. Most have minimum education requirements, in addition to requiring completion of a state-sponsored training program. A number of states also use the Nursing Home Administration's Residential Care/Assisted Living Examination as a required or voluntary measure of competence. Independent organizations and businesses, such as the Center for Health Services Education and Research, also offer voluntary certification for those in the profession.