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Assisted Living Program to Offer Fall Classes

The Department of Gerontology in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Allied Health Professions will receive a final certification for their Assisted Living Administration in June and offer courses in the subject in the upcoming fall semester.

The Assisted Living Concentration provisionally became received academic accreditation from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) in November 2016, with final approval on track for its June meeting in Salt Lake City.

"This accreditation has opened VCU Gerontology's door to students across the country who want to become licensed assisted living administrators, by providing them a quality educational experience that has been endorsed by those who create the national standards," said Co-Program Director of the Assisted Living Administration Concentration Jennifer Pryor.

The final accreditation makes VCU Gerontology the only NAB accredited program in Virginia, and the first-ever accredited program in Assisted Living Administration. The NAB is the nation's leading authority on licensing, credentialing, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long term care.

The accreditation journey began in 2014, led by Pryor. She and VCU Gerontology Professor Jennifer Inker will appear at the June NAB meeting to review the final steps taken by VCU during the accreditation process. These include three new courses within the concentration added within the department - available to students this fall.

"We're eager to continue the important work of preparing students for this dynamic field," Pryor added.

Applications for the program remain open. For more information about the Assisted Living Administration Concentration and VCU Gerontology, visit www.sahp.vcu.edu.