Management of Assisted Living and Institutional Facilities Option
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Principles of Psychology or Principles of Sociology PSY101 or SOC101-satisfies Area 2 requirement 3
Social Aspects of Aging PSY141 satisfies Area 3 requirement Spring 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Nutrition Science w/Lab BIO115 satisfies Area 5 requirement 4 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement; and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Humanities Elective From Area 6 3
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Principles of Management and service in Hospitality HRT121 3
Hospitality Marketing Mgt. HRT109 3 HRT121
Hospitality Law HRT117 3
Principles of Hospitality Finance and Accounting HRT125 3 ACC101
Hospitality Seminar HRT105 satisfies LCS requirement 3
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Accounting I ACC101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Front Office Operations HRT131 Fall 3
Advanced Lodging Operations HRT231 Spring 3 HRT131
Food and Beverage Operations for Hospitality HRT112 3
Marketing and Managing Institutional Facilities HRT135 Spring 3 HRT109
Assisted Living Internship HRT299 Summer 3 HRT121, HLT111, PSY141, CUL111, and HRT135
Food Service Sanitation and Skills CUL111 3
Health Aspects of Aging HLT111 Spring 3
Total Credits 64

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This program prepares students in three options: Hotel and Restaurant Management, Management of Assisted Living and Institutional Facilities and Meeting and Event Planning. The program prepares students in a variety of industry-oriented learning settings and a variety of teaching and learning environments that reflect the unique circumstances of the hospitality industry. Well-trained graduates are in great demand, with opportunities to advance, based upon their technical and critical thinking skills.

Option Overview

This option prepares students in various aspects of the management of assisted living communities. Managing an assisted living complex requires skills in many areas. The director of a facility is comparable in scope to that of the general manager at a resort hotel. Your guests, however, are long term instead of transient. This creates a different focus in terms of both sales and service.

Day to day management of the facility and its programs has many similarities to Hospitality Management, the ability to maintain the highest level of service being imperative. The terms ‘Guest’ and ‘Resident’ become interchangeable within this segment of the industry. Management must provide hotel based services including dining room service, housekeeping and entertainment in order to meet guest needs. The medical and social requirements of residents demand a strong understanding of geriatric care in order to manage healthcare providers.

Career Outlook

According to the Assisted Living Federation of America there are 36,000 assisted living communities nationwide serving more than one million senior citizens. Forty-one states, including Massachusetts, allow low-income residents to live in assisted living. The 74 million boomers who are now considering this option for their parents will be the next generation of assisted living residents, making it the most preferred and fastest growing longterm care option for seniors.

The career outlook is very good in the underserved, almost non-existent field of Assisted Living Management. The industry is experiencing rapid growth and there are very few programs preparing skilled managers able to meet the diverse needs of the market. These factors combine to provide a strong job market for graduates.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Recognize and respond to the needs of a geriatric resident population.
  • Guide financial health of an Assisted Living facility. 
  • Properly staff all areas of operations. 
  • Understand the responsibilities in the areas of Sales and Marketing, Food Service, Health Services and Engineering. 
  • Manage staff in areas of Sales and Marketing, Food Service, Health Services and Engineering. 
  • Coordinate staffing responsibilities between departments to create a seamless resident experience. 
  • Respond to crises in an appropriate manner.