Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

The Senior Housing Management (SHM) Undergraduate Certificate is designed to meet the needs of health care professionals who are currently or interested in serving in an administrative position in the field of senior housing. The certificate will provide the learner with the necessary day-to-day tools to make them a successful contributor to the industry, and an integral part of the senior housing community team. The SHM Undergraduate Certificate is offered entirely online.

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

The Senior Housing Management Undergraduate Certificate is open to students with or without a bachelor’s degree.  It is desirable that applicants have some experience working in a health or human service care setting. Applicants with no previously attempted post-secondary work must follow the Freshman Requirements in the Undergraduate Admission Policies.  In addition, all applicants with or without a bachelor’s degree are required to submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Personal Statement
  3. TOEFL or IELTS exam scores (for non-native English speakers)

Upon admission, all students must attain a minimum grade of C in all coursework. 

Policies

Students will have four years to complete the Certificate and should be familiar with the university-wide requirements at AP.5.3.5 Undergraduate Certificates.

Banner Code: HH-CERU-SHM

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Required Courses

ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core)3
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States3
HAP 403Assisted Living/Senior Housing Management and Philosophy3
HAP 408Societal and Health Related Needs of the Aging Population3
HAP 430Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations3
Total Credits15

Electives 

Select one from the following:3
Healthcare Accounting
Human Resources Management in Healthcare
Psychological Factors in Aging
Death, Dying, and Grieving
Introduction to Gerontology
Other elective courses must be approved in advance by the student's academic advisor.
Total Credits3