Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Senior Living Management Certificate

The senior living industry (e.g., assisted living, independent living, and memory care) employs administrators who have real-world experiences, but may lack specific formal education in business and in the senior living industry.  Southwestern Adventist University's Senior Living Management Certificate meets the educational needs of current administrators of senior living facilities or professionals who are interested in transitioning into the senior living industry.  Students will gain a foundational understanding of the key areas of business administration as well as how to apply these principles in the successful operation of a senior living facility.  Additionally, students will become knowledgeable on topics specifically related to the industry such as federal and state regulations, senior wellness and the long-term care continuum.

The program curriculum consists of 4 courses, totaling 12-semester hours of college credit and is taught in an interactive and collaborative environment on the university's campus.  The certificate does not constitute a college degree, though credits may be transferred to any other accredited college or university and may be applied toward a degree at Southwestern Adventist University.  Each course meets the Texas Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities 8-hour continuing education.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Senior Living Management Certificate must have an associate's degree OR at least 3 years of experience within the senior living industry.  Applicants must:

  1. Complete an application for admission into the certificate program
  2. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $25
  3. Provide proof of eligibility by one of the following methods:
    • Submit official transcripts
    • Submit a current professional resume AND a signed letter from current or previous employer confirming work experience

Certificate Completion

Certificates will be awarded to students who complete all course requirements and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Candidates must submit a Certificate Completion contract to the Records Office. A $25 certificate fee is required at the time the certificate is completed.

Certificate Course Requirements

BSLM 301 Legal and Ethical Framework of Senior Living 3
BSLM 302 Quality in Resident Care & Services 3
BSLM 303 Financial & Resource Management of Senior Living Facilities   3
BSLM 304 Senior Living Marketing, Management & Leadership 3
  Total: 12

Cost of the Certificate

Tuition for non-degree seeking students will be 75% of the current year's undergraduate tuition rate. There are currently no scholarships available from the university for non-degree seeking students. All charges must be covered at the time of registration for each course. Costs for degree-seeking students will follow the normal tuition rate and scholarships may be available.


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