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Meet the changing demands of today’s seniors with compassion.

A strong leadership team has a significant impact on the quality of care provided to seniors. Acquire the strategic skills necessary to meet the changing demands of today’s seniors and contemporary senior living care models.

In the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate, you’ll learn about senior care and services delivery, including:

  • Gerontology
  • Ethical, legal and regulatory factors
  • Generational dynamics
  • Healthcare financial management
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Healthcare human resource strategies

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Key drivers of growth include continued high demand for healthcare and senior care services, due to a growing senior population seeking different care models than previous generations.

Courses are completed entirely online, an ideal format for busy professionals, especially those working variable shifts. You can watch lectures, participate in online forums with your classmates, and although assignments have deadlines, you can do homework whenever it’s convenient for you—all course content is accessible online from any device. Learn more about online learning with UW Extended Campus.

Students with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Degree-seeking students in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration may choose to earn the certificate as an additional credential.

UW System Collaboration

The graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate is offered through the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program. This certificate program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout.

Accreditation

Whether online or on campus, University of Wisconsin programs have a reputation for delivering world-class education and student support. Accreditation is your assurance that you will graduate with skills that are relevant to your field and valued by employers. The graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

To be eligible for the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, from an accredited university (min. 3.0 GPA).
  • Prerequisite coursework: elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communication/public speaking. Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of coursework.

You will also need to submit the following application materials:

  • Official college transcripts.
  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic).
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing the reasons behind your decision to pursue this certificate.

If you are a degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, and are interested in earning the certificate as an additional credential, you must declare your interest with your academic advisor at your home campus. You do not need to submit an application.

Application Deadline

All application materials need to be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.

Starting your application early will ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts) and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

How to Apply

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first.

Step 1. Select a home campus from our list of program partners: UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout. Learn more about our campus partners and choosing a home campus.

Step 2. Apply to your preferred home campus using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. Please review the application instructions for your preferred home campus below.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Degree” and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
    • Then select “UW-La Crosse” as the campus.
    • Choose the “Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate-Collaborative, Graduate”.
  • $56 application fee.
  • Eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Parkside” as the campus.
    • Choose “Graduate special”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Platteville” as the campus.
    • Choose “Online Graduate Special”.
    • Indicate interest in the Graduate Certificate in Senior Living and Services Leadership in the essay field on the application.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Stout” as the campus.
    • Choose “Graduate Special/Non-degree”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Stevens Point” as the campus.
    • Choose “Grad Non-Degree Seeking”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

Step 3. Send your resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation; and arrange to have your official college transcripts (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admissions office of the home campus to which you applied.

4 Courses. 12 Credits. 100% Online.

Coursework in the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate focuses on developing the strategic skills necessary to meet the changing demands of today’s seniors and contemporary senior living care models. It is possible to complete the certificate in one year; however, based on work and life commitments, you may decide to take longer.

CourseCredits

Acquire the knowledge and tools for the development and implementation of programs and practices that advance a high quality and safe living or service environment for frail seniors and other populations in need of care or service. You will learn the foundation of academic and professional disciplines in senior services and examine regulations in senior care and service organizations.

3 Credits

This course provides an up-to-date review and exploration of topics critical to the success of an administrative leader in senior care and services. Selected topics focus the knowledge and application of leadership and management skills necessary in today’s healthcare and aging services environment.

3 Credits

This course is a study of the principles of healthcare finance. You will explore topics such as financial and management accounting, the financial reporting structure of healthcare organizations, financial statement analysis, cost and budgetary methods, sources of revenue and expenses, processes for billing, and capital investment decisions.

3 Credits

Examine the complexities in healthcare human resource management strategies. Gain the knowledge and tools to develop high-potential workforces using a people-centered approach to human capital management, organizational culture, communication, and talent development, ensuring a competitive advantage in creating sustainable, high-performance healthcare organizations in rural and urban settings.

Prerequisites: HCA 700, HCA 720

*Students will be required to complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in this course and will follow the IRB process for assignments. The IRB is a federally-mandated review board which exists to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects.

3 Credits

*HCA 720 and HCA 730 are courses in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program. HCA 701 and HCA 702 are courses in the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate only, and are not available as electives in the master’s program. If you are a degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration earning the certificate as an additional credential, you will be required to complete HCA 701 and HCA 702 in addition to the master’s program curriculum to earn the certificate.

Course availability for the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate varies each fall, spring, and summer semester. Course offerings are subject to change due to fluctuating enrollment. If you are a current student, please consult your campus adviser prior to registration.

Fall 2021

Registration opens: April 12, 2021
Course preview week: August 31–September 6, 2021
Course dates: September 7–December 17, 2021

CourseCredits

Acquire the knowledge and tools for the development and implementation of programs and practices that advance a high quality and safe living or service environment for frail seniors and other populations in need of care or service. You will learn the foundation of academic and professional disciplines in senior services and examine regulations in senior care and service organizations.

3 Credits

This course is a study of the principles of healthcare finance. You will explore topics such as financial and management accounting, the financial reporting structure of healthcare organizations, financial statement analysis, cost and budgetary methods, sources of revenue and expenses, processes for billing, and capital investment decisions.

3 Credits

Examine the complexities in healthcare human resource management strategies. Gain the knowledge and tools to develop high-potential workforces using a people-centered approach to human capital management, organizational culture, communication, and talent development, ensuring a competitive advantage in creating sustainable, high-performance healthcare organizations in rural and urban settings.

Prerequisites: HCA 700, HCA 720

*Students will be required to complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in this course and will follow the IRB process for assignments. The IRB is a federally-mandated review board which exists to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects.

3 Credits

Spring 2022

Registration opens: November 8, 2021
Course preview week: January 18–24, 2022
Course dates: January 25–May 6, 2022

CourseCredits

This course provides an up-to-date review and exploration of topics critical to the success of an administrative leader in senior care and services. Selected topics focus the knowledge and application of leadership and management skills necessary in today’s healthcare and aging services environment.

3 Credits

Examine the complexities in healthcare human resource management strategies. Gain the knowledge and tools to develop high-potential workforces using a people-centered approach to human capital management, organizational culture, communication, and talent development, ensuring a competitive advantage in creating sustainable, high-performance healthcare organizations in rural and urban settings.

Prerequisites: HCA 700, HCA 720

*Students will be required to complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in this course and will follow the IRB process for assignments. The IRB is a federally-mandated review board which exists to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects.

3 Credits

*HCA 720 and HCA 730 are courses in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program. HCA 701 and HCA 702 are courses in the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate only, and are not available as electives in the master’s program. If you are a degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration earning the certificate as an additional credential, you will be required to complete HCA 701 and HCA 702 in addition to the master’s program curriculum to earn the certificate.

Upon completion of the graduate-level Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate strategic leadership and decision making skills necessary in healthcare.
  • Evaluate operational performance across diverse healthcare organizations.
  • Develop strategies to recruit, train and sustain an effective healthcare workforce.

Tuition is a flat fee of $725 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state.

There are no additional course or program fees, however, textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. You will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee. If software or special technology is required in one of your courses, it will be provided to you and is included in your tuition.

Students enrolling in certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to your home campus for more information.