Unique Partnership Creates Program in Assisted Living Administration

Posted: August 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The College of Nursing and Health Science and Tysons Corner-based Sunrise Assisted Living have combined a unique public/private partnership and academic creativity to produce a model program in assisted living administration–the first known curriculum of its kind in the United States. Sunrise officials were actively involved in development of the program and contribute funds toward operating costs.

“We’ve seen an industry that has grown to an estimated 32,000 assisted living communities in the past 20 years–40 percent more than the number of nursing homes and hospitals in the United States combined,” says Andrew Carle, assistant professor and coordinator of the new multidisciplinary program. “We need more comprehensive programs that recognize assisted living administration as a career path.”

Currently offered as a concentration in the university’s undergraduate degree program in health science, assisted living administration also will be offered as a graduate certificate program in the spring 2003 semester. According to Carle, students learn about the current regulatory environment, budgeting, staffing, marketing, resident care and hospitality services. “Our philosophy is what makes our program unique,” he says. “We provide exposure to and understanding of the principles of choice, dignity, and autonomy that maximize quality of life for seniors.”

For more information about the program, call (703) 993-1902, e-mail acarle@gmu.edu, or visit the program’s web site.

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