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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Edwards Hall, Suite 313
Fort Myers, FL 33965

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Senior Living Leadership Certificate

 
 

FGCU Senior Living Leadership Certificate Course

 
 
 

The field of aging services is big business.

Take your career to the next level.

As baby boomers retire and growing numbers move into senior living facilities, the need for trained staff has increased along with it. In anticipation of that need, we've created FGCU's Senior Living Leadership Certificate program to prepare professional, administrative and executive personnel for careers in this growing industry.

The industry anticipates a shortfall of qualified workers in a field where starting salaries for professional, administrative and executive personnel range from $50,000 to more than $65,000, and with experienced leaders commanding upwards of $200,000.

The Senior Living Leadership Certificate includes a blend of gerontology fundamentals classes taught by healthcare professionals and FGCU faculty; leadership and professional development classes taught by senior living industry executive leaders and regional/national subject matter experts; and classes about senior living operations taught by facility practitioners.

The program meets on the FGCU campus for 33 Saturdays over 10 months. (As an alternative, registered students may view the class from anywhere via the internet.) In addition to the classes, participants complete a one-week externship at a senior living facility or an approved independent study to earn this non-credit certificate geared toward non-degree seeking professionals.

The Senior Living Leadership Certificate is designed for students with at least two years of college or equivalent appropriate experience. This certificate provides senior living career-seekers the comprehensive, well-rounded foundation needed to work in a senior living environment, and affords those already working in the industry an opportunity to enhance their skills and productivity.

Certificate Course Overview

  • Dynamics of Aging and Senior Living
    1. Overview of Senior Living industry
    2. Understanding of the biological and psychosocial aspects of aging
    3. Appreciation of senior living from the resident’s perspective
    4. Survey course of demographic/sociocultural/legal/regulatory dynamics impacting
      the SLC environment
  • Professional Development of Prospective Senior Living Community Staff
    1. Principles of effective leadership and administration
    2. Effective written and verbal communication, and interpersonal relations skills
    3. Enhancement of problem solving, project management, HR/supervisory, and
      customer service skills
  • Orientation into SLC Operations
    1. Overview of fiscal, legal, and risk-management aspects of Senior Living Communities
    2. Understanding of the day-to-day operations of an Senior Living Community
    3. Appreciation of active aging, and other contemporary developments in Senior Living Communities
CERTIFICATE SCHEDULE
For inquiries, please contact SLLC@fgcu.edu
 New 2018 Dates TBA

SENIOR LIVING LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
(includes Classes 1-33)

$2999
   

MODULE 1: Leadership Development in the Senior Living Environment
(includes: Class 1 and 2)

$199

Class 1 Leadership: Finding and Maximizing Your Strengths

$109

Class 2 Leadership: Leading and Succeeding with Emotional Intelligence

$109
   

MODULE 2: Dynamics of Senior Living Residents
(includes: Class 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9)

$699

Class 3 Overview of the Senior Living Community Environment

$109

Class 4 Biology of Aging

$109

Class 5 Gerontology: Aging Society; Psychology of Aging; Social Aspects of Aging

$109

Class 6 Gerontology: Cultural Considerations in Aging

$109

Class 7 Diseases of Aging: Dementia/Alzheimer's, Depression, Parkinson's

$109

Class 8 Home Health

$109

Class 9 Palliative and Hospice Care

$109
   
MODULE 3: Senior Living Regulatory Issues
(includes: Class 10 & 11)
$199

Class 10 Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities: What Care Can Be Provided and How Are These Facilities Regulated

$109

Class 11 Licensure/Emergency Preparedness Requirements

$109
   
MODULE 4: Administration & Policy in the Senior Living Environment
(includes: Class 12 & 13)
$199

Class 12 Governance and Strategic Planning in Senior Living

$109

Class 13 Senior Living Advocacy: Philanthropy and Fundraising

$109
   
MODULE 5: Human Resources (HR) Management for the Senior Living Leader
(includes: Class 14 & 15)
$199

Class 14 Navigating the HR Legal Environment as a Manager

$109

Class 15 Talent Management: Staff Recruitment/Staff Retention/Staff Development

$109
   
MODULE 6: Supervisory/Management Skills for the Senior Living Leader
(includes: Class 16, 17, 18)
$299

Class 16 Cultural Diversity

$109

Class 17 Dynamics of Supervision: High Performance Work Teams

$109

Class 18 Dynamics of Supervision: Managing Difficult Employee Situations/Resolving Conflict

$109
   
MODULE 7: Professional Development for the Senior Living Leader
(includes: Class 19, 20, 21, 22)
$399

Class 19 Process Improvement/Continuing Quality Management

$109

Class 20 Project Management Fundamentals

$109

Class 21 Making Better Decisions Through Creative Problem

$109

Class 22 Marketing and Branding Essentials

$109
   
MODULE 8: Communications Skills for the Senior Living Professional
(includes: Class 23 & 24)
$199

Class 23 Strategic Communications and Engagement

$109

Class 24 Art and Science of Winning Presentations

$109
   
MODULE 9 Business/Legal/Fiscal Matters in the Senior Living Environment
(includes: Class 25, 26, 27, 28, 29)
$499

Class 25 Sales in the Senior Living Industry

$109

Class 26 Risk Management

$109

Class 27 Finance & Accounting: Resident Contracts/State Regulation/Budget Development and Management

$109

Class 28 Finance & Accounting: Capital Financing/Special Accounting Issues

$109

Class 29 Overview of Medicaid/Medicare/Other Funding Sources

$109
   
MODULE 10 Senior Living Community Operations Considerations
(includes: Class 30, 31, 32, 33)
$399

Class 30-Hospitality: Basic Building Mechanical Operations/Housekeeping

$109

Class 31-Hospitality: Dining

$109

Class 32-World Class Customer Service Training

$109

Class 33-The Active Aging

$109