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 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 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 online environment.  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 requirement. The courses may also fulfill the yearly continuing education requirements for your state. Please contact us for more information.

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:

          a.       Submit official transcripts

          b.       Submit a current professional resume AND a signed letter from current or previous employer confirming work experience

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"Although I had no background in senior living management, this course has been the gateway for me."

-Joseph Ross, Civitas Senior Living, Executive Operations Analyst (pictured, far right)

Affordable. Convenient.

Complete in one year! 


Senior Living Management 

Assisted Living Management


Sample Job Titles

Senior Living Manager

Assisted Living Manager

Business Office Director

Director of Sales

Director of Activities

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Faculty Profiles

Aaron Moses, PhD

Business Administration
Adventist Health System Endowed Chair of Business

Brianne Michalski, MBA

Business Administration
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