80 Hour Course

80 Hour Manager's Course:

The 80 Hour Manager's Course prepares individuals to become assisted living managers. We also offer all the classes the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) requires individuals desiring to work as assisted living managers or executive directors in an assisted living take:

  1. CPR Training
  2. First Aid Training (if not a nurse)
  3. Medication Technician Training
  4. 80 Hour Assisted Living Manager Course

  1. Who can be an assisted living manager?
    1. Qualifications.
      1. The assisted living manager shall at a minimum:
        1. Be 21 years old or older;
        2. Possess a high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma, or other appropriate education and have experience to conduct the responsibilities specified in §C of this regulation;
        3. For level 3 licensed programs, have:
          1. A 4-year, college-level degree;
          2. 2 years experience in a health care related field and 1 year of experience as an assisted living program manager or alternate assisted living manager; or
          3. 2 years experience in a health care related field and successful completion of the 80-hour assisted living manager training program;
        4. Be free from tuberculosis in a communicable form in accordance with Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health-Care Facilities (that is, tuberculin skin testing (TST) upon hire or annual sign/symptom screen for those individuals with previous positive TST);
        5. Be immune to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella as evidenced by history of disease or vaccination;
        6. Have no criminal convictions or other criminal history that indicates behavior that is potentially harmful to residents, documented through either a criminal history records check or a criminal background check completed within 1 month before employment;
        7. Have sufficient skills, training, and experience to serve the residents in a manner that is consistent with the philosophy of assisted living;
        8. Have verifiable knowledge in:
          1. The health and psychosocial needs of the population being served;
          2. The resident assessment process;
          3. Use of service plans;
          4. Cuing, coaching, and monitoring residents who self-administer medications, with or without assistance;
          5. Providing assistance with ambulation, personal hygiene, dressing, toileting, and feeding; and
          6. Resident rights;
        9. Receive initial and annual training in:
          1. Fire and life safety;
          2. Infection control, including standard precautions;
          3. Emergency disaster plans; and
          4. Basic food safety; and
        10. Receive initial certification and recertification, when required for:
          1. Basic first aid by a certified first aid instructor; and
          2. Basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by a certified CPR instructor.
      2. An assisted living manager who has completed the training and passed the examination set forth in Regulation .16 of this chapter shall be presumed to have met the knowledge requirements of §A(1)(g) and (h) of this regulation.
    2. The Department may determine that an individual is not sufficiently qualified to serve as an assisted living manager if that individual's managerial or administrative experience, or education, is not sufficient to perform the responsibilities set forth in §C of this regulation for the residents the licensee intends to serve.
  2. Who is required to take the Assisted Living Manager's class?
    • All managers employed by a facility licensed for 5 beds or more must complete an approved 80-hour Manager training course. In addition, these managers are also required to complete 20 hours of Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Office of Healthcare quality approved continuing education every 2 years.
  3. What are the rules for people that were managers before the 80 hours managers course was required?
    • An individual will be exempt from the 80-hour course if the individual has been employed as an assisted living manager in Maryland for one year before January 1, 2006 COMAR E(3).
  4. How often do managers need to renew their training?
    • Managers are required to complete 20 hours of approved continuing education approved by Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene every two years.

Click on the course registration form or contact us to register for class(es).