How To Become an Assisted Living Director


As a record number of baby boomers age, assisted living facilities will experience unprecedented growth as the need for these services increases. A career as an assisted living director will provide job stability and growth opportunity. According to data collected by, the average nationwide salary for this position is nearly $69,000. Take these steps to make the next big move in your health care career.

Gain Experience

Have you already had a job in elder care, whether in administration, nursing or an entry-level position? If not, spend some time working in an assisted living facility both to bolster your experience and make sure this career path is the right choice for you.

Earn a Degree

Depending on the facility where you plan to work, you’ll need at least an associate’s degree. Some assisted living providers require a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree in health care administration for high-level staff members like directors.

Complete a Training Program

Most states require at least 60 hours of training in residential care for the elderly (RCFE). You can meet this goal with online RCFE classes designed to prepare you for the licensing exam.

Once you have completed these steps, you are eligible for hire as an assisted living director. Get started today with online RCFE classes through Assisted Living Education, that fit your busy lifestyle and conform to your work and school schedule.

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