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Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Edwards Hall, Suite 313
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Continuing Education:
(239) 745-4700
Renaissance Academy:
(239) 745-4600
(239) 590-7034

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
Feb 24-Dec 18

(includes Classes 1-33)

$2999 details
Feb 24-Mar 3

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

$199 details
Feb 24

Class 1 Leadership: Finding and Maximizing Your Strengths

$109 details
Mar 3

Class 2 Leadership: Leading and Succeeding with Emotional Intelligence

$109 details

Mar 10-Apr 21

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



Mar 10

Class 3 Overview of the Senior Living Community Environment

$109 details
Mar 17

Class 4 Biology of Aging

$109 details
Mar 24

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

$109 details
Mar 31

Class 6 Gerontology: Cultural Considerations in Aging

$109 details
Apr 7

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

$109 details
Apr 14

Class 8 Home Health

$109 details
Apr 21

Class 9 Palliative and Hospice Care

$109 details
Apr 28-May 5 MODULE 3: Senior Living Regulatory Issues
(includes: Class 10 & 11)
$199 details
Apr 28

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

$109 details
May 5

Class 11 Licensure/Emergency Preparedness Requirements

$109 details
Jun 2-9 MODULE 4: Administration & Policy in the Senior Living Environment
(includes: Class 12 & 13)
$199 details
Jun 2

Class 12 Governance and Strategic Planning in Senior Living

$109 details
Jun 9

Class 13 Senior Living Advocacy: Philanthropy and Fundraising

$109 details
Jun 16-23 MODULE 5: Human Resources (HR) Management for the Senior Living Leader
(includes: Class 14 & 15)
$199 details
Jun 16

Class 14 Navigating the HR Legal Environment as a Manager

$109 details
Jun 23

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

$109 details
Jun 30-Jul 21 MODULE 6: Supervisory/Management Skills for the Senior Living Leader
(includes: Class 16, 17, 18)
$299 details
Jun 30

Class 16 Cultural Diversity

$109 details
Jul 14

Class 17 Dynamics of Supervision: High Performance Work Teams

$109 details
Jul 21

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

$109 details
Jul 28-Aug 18 MODULE 7: Professional Development for the Senior Living Leader
(includes: Class 19, 20, 21, 22)
$399 details
Jul 28

Class 19 Process Improvement/Continuing Quality Management

$109 details
Aug 4

Class 20 Project Management Fundamentals

$109 details
Aug 11

Class 21 Making Better Decisions Through Creative Problem

$109 details

Aug 18

Class 22 Marketing and Branding Essentials

$109 details
Sep 15-22 MODULE 8: Communications Skills for the Senior Living Professional
(includes: Class 23 & 24)
$199 details
Sep 15

Class 23 Strategic Communications and Engagement

$109 details
Sep 22

Class 24 Art and Science of Winning Presentations

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

Class 25 Sales in the Senior Living Industry

$109 details
Oct 6

Class 26 Risk Management

$109 details
Oct 13

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

$109 details
Oct 20

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

$109 details
Oct 27

Class 29 Overview of Medicaid/Medicare/Other Funding Sources

$109 details
Nov 3-Dec 1 MODULE 10 Senior Living Community Operations Considerations
(includes: Class 30, 31, 32, 33)
$399 details
Nov 3

Class 30-Hospitality: Basic Building Mechanical Operations/Housekeeping

$109 details
Nov 10

Class 31-Hospitality: Dining

$109 details
Nov 17

Class 32-World Class Customer Service Training

$109 details
Dec 1

Class 33-The Active Aging

$109 details