VCU Gerontology Program Receives Academic Accreditation from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
[November 2016 press release]
Richmond, VA - The Department of Gerontology in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Allied Health Professions became one of only 11 programs nationally to receive academic accreditation for its Assisted Living Administration Specialty Area from the leading organization in the country at a ceremony on November 11, 2016.
The NAB offered the recognition at their mid-year meeting in Atlanta, following a two-year process. The accreditation makes VCU Gerontology the only NAB accredited program in Virginia, and the first-ever accredited program in Assisted Living Administration. The NAB is the nation's leading authiority on licensing, credentialling, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long term care.
"Our mission is to foster a community of Gerontologists who will bring new ideas and cultural change around aging across the spectrum of academia, public policy, and practice," said Department Chair Dr. E. Ayn Welleford. "We are enormously proud to be the first Assisted Living Administration program to receive this accreditation, and we thank the NAB for their vote of confidence in our work."
VCU Gerontology, which marked its 40th anniversary in April, has acquired a reputation as a department committed to the university's overall mission to serve the community at large. The accreditation journey began in 2014, led by Co-Program Director of the Assisted Living Administration Specialty Area Jennifer Pryor. She and VCU Gerontology Professor Jennifer Inker appeared before the NAB governing board at their mid-year meeting before the final vote.
"This accreditation has opened VCU Gerontology's door to students across the country who want to become licensed assisted living administrators, by providing them a quality educational experience that has been endorsed by those who create the national standards," Pryor said. "This recognition also encourages those pursuing this career to receive a foundation in Gerontology - a field that continues to change the world a little bit each day."
Left to right: NAB Education Committee Chair Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, VCU Gerontology's Jennifer Pryor and Jenny Inker, and NAB Chairman of the Executive Committee Del Zook.
To learn more about NAB's Academic Accreditation, please visit NAB's website