Studies in assisted living administration are typically available through associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in health services administration or health science. Concentrations may be available in such sub-fields as geriatric management, business administration or human services. Some schools also offer relevant graduate certificates. Online courses may be available, and many degree programs integrate an internship component, for which students may need to pass a background check.
Florida Atlantic University
Located in Boca Raton, this school offers both a bachelor's and master's degree program in health administration. Required courses for the bachelor's degree include health care planning, health research methods, health law and health delivery systems. There is also an elective course in long-term care administration.
The master's degree program is designed in four parts: core classes, foundational courses, elective courses and an internship. The foundational courses provide training in management areas, whereas the core courses focus on expanding each student's knowledge of the health care industry, as well as improving upon administrative skill sets, such as presentations and communication tactics. The elective courses and the internship portion of the program allow students to focus on their preferred field of specialty. Students may also earn a graduate certificate in health administration.
Florida International University
Students at this school in Miami can choose the bachelor's in health services administration program. Foundational courses discuss health and social service delivery systems, statistics, professional writing, health care management and ethics. Required core classes include health organizational behavior, human resource management, health services research, health economics, health care law and health care financial management. Students are encouraged to use their electives to help them develop their health care fields of focus. While there aren't any courses that focus on assisted living or long-term care, these topics are discussed to some degree in a few other classes. To complete the program, students must participate in a 210-hour internship, and to be eligible for the internship, students must pass background checks and have all current immunizations.
Indian River State College
At the campus in Fort Pierce, students can choose an associate degree program in health services management or a bachelor's degree program in health care management. The associate degree program is for those entering the field and for individuals already licensed or certified health care professionals. Required courses for this program include accounting, legal aspects of health information, supervision, medical terminology, marketing, human resource management and health care delivery. The bachelor's degree program provides general training in organizational management, but allows students to specialize their learning toward health care management. Courses in the concentration area cover such topics as health care marketing, epidemiology, quality control, health care research and health care governmental regulations.
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
There's a bachelor's degree program in health services administration and a graduate certificate program in health services and management available at the Fort Lauderdale campus of this university. Undergraduate degree students must complete 24 credit hours of lower division coursework, such as health care computer applications, entrepreneurship, CPT coding for health care administrators, human resource management and medical terminology. Students must also complete 48 credit hours of upper division courses, including health care law, hospital billing, risk management, labor relations and public policies. This degree program also has one required course in long-term managed-care systems. To enroll in the graduate certificate program, students must already hold bachelor's degrees and pass formal interviews. Courses in the certificate program include corporate compliance, quality management, organizational behavior, health services organizations, strategic management and health care marketing.
St. Petersburg College
The bachelor's degree program in health services administration at this St. Petersburg school is designed mainly for health care professionals looking to move into management. Program applicants are required to hold associate degrees related to the health care industry. Major course requirements include applied organizational behavior, health care finance, strategic management, epidemiology, research methods in health sciences, community health care and health care delivery systems. The degree program offers several concentration areas, such as emergency medical services, human services, health information systems, health services administration and respiratory care. The health services administration concentration provides classes that discuss such topics as disease prevention, health information systems, information security policies, health care law and risk management.
University of Central Florida
There are undergraduate and graduate degree programs in health services administration at this university in Orlando. The bachelor's degree program allows students to take courses in the classroom or online, and core classes in the health services administration program include long-term care and administration, U.S. health care systems, health care economics, principles of managed care, epidemiology, quality control management and medical terminology. To complete the bachelor's degree program, students must participate in an internship, and students can elect to complete their internships at assisted living facilities.
Classes in the master's degree program are also available online, and required courses in the executive health services administration concentration track discuss health care financial accounting, health care research, risk management, organizational management, health planning, health care informatics and epidemiology. Graduate students must pass a final comprehensive exam to complete the program.
University of Florida
The campus in Gainesville offers a master's degree program in health administration that students can complete in around 21 months. Course topics include U.S. health care systems, U.S. health insurance systems, health care finance, information management, human resource management, medical terminology and health policy. A full-time, 10-12 week internship is required during the summer semester. Besides completing all on-site internship duties, students are also required to write a project portfolio and an internship plan. In many cases, the full-time internship is a paid position.
University of Miami
There are two bachelor's degree programs related to assisted living administration at the Coral Gables campus of this university. Core classes for the health sector management and policy degree program include courses in health care law, health care marketing, health informatics and health economics. To earn the health science bachelor's degree program with a concentration in business administration, students must complete courses in health science, biology, physics and chemistry, and they must also complete the necessary coursework to earn a minor in business administration.
University of North Florida
Located in Jacksonville, this university has a bachelor's and master's degree program in health administration, but it also has a graduate degree program in health with a concentration in geriatric management. Students in all of the programs have the option to complete a long-term care administration internship. Electives in the bachelor's degree program related to assisted living administration include aging policy and politics, aging in America, managed care and dimensions of health for the older adult. The master's degree program with the geriatric management concentration prepares students for managing facilities for aging adults, including assisted living and other long-term care locations. Concentration course topics in this program cover aging and health policy, long-term care administration, applied research in aging and sociology.
University of South Florida - Main Campus
At this university in Tampa, undergraduate students can major in health science with a concentration in health management. Course requirements for the health science major include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, gerontology, financial accounting, professional ethics and statistics. The health management concentration covers such areas as critical issues in public health, managerial accounting, public administration, business management and public policy. There's an additional concentration area in aging health studies, which discusses such topics as policy practice in long-term care, gerontological case management, gerontological counseling, adult communication disorders and Alzheimer's disease management. Students could take some of these classes as electives, since they pertain to the assisted living administration career field, or students could opt to do both concentrations, provided students receive the necessary department or university approval.
In most cases, assisted living administrators require the minimum of bachelor's degrees in fields related to long-term care administration and management, health care administration, public health, business administration, medical administrative services or health services. Information from the BLS indicates that these professionals are required to be licensed, and, although licensing requirements differ from state to state, general requirements include completing a training program approved by the state, having a bachelor's degree in a related field and passing all required licensing exams. This article details information about the ten largest 4-year public and private colleges and universities in Florida offering assisted living administration programs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Assisted Living Administration Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Florida Atlantic University||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Health Services with a concentration in health administration,
Master in Health Administration
|Florida International University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Health Services Administration|| In-State: $6,546*,
|Indian River State College||4-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Science in Health Services Management,
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management
| In-State: $2,764*,
|Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration,
Graduate Business Certificate in Health Services and Management
|St. Petersburg College||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration|| In-State: $2,682*,
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration,
Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in health services administration
| In-State: $6,368*,
|University of Florida||4-year, public; midsize city||Master of Health Administration|| Graduate Degree: In-State: $12,737*,
|University of Miami||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in health sector management and policy,
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in health sector management and policy,
Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in business administration
|University of North Florida||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Health Administration,
Master of Health Administration,
Master of Science in Health with a concentration in geriatric management
| In-State: $6,394*,
|University of South Florida - Main Campus||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in health management,
Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in aging health studies
| In-State: $6,410*,
Sources: *NCES College Navigator