Adult Care Home Operator's Course Online


January 16th-March 20th

  • In-Person Classes: January 16th & March 20th (held at the LeadingAge Kansas Office, 217 SE 8th Ave., Topeka, KS  66603)
  • Online Classes: January 17th - March 13th

This course is brought to you in partnership with LeadingAge Kansas and GERTI.

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About the Course

This 7-week course combines online learning with in-person sessions and includes all the requirements from the state-approved operator's course for assisted living and state licensed only adult care homes. In addition to the state-mandated elements, the importance of person-directed living concept of service, dementia and how dementia impacts the lives of elders is covered. This course is convenient and facilitates learning and builds relationsips with the faculty and other students. A state-mandated test to become a certified operator will be administered after successful completion of the course. After passing the test, the student is qualified to become the operator of a state licensed only adult care home in Kansas.

Course Structure

This course will be delivered primarily online with an in-person meeting in Topeka on the first and last day of the course. Students will be provided access to the online lessons, course materials, and resources following receipt of your enrollment fee. At designated times throughout te class you will participate in a blend of self-paced activities using internet -based technologies. Activities will consist of discussion forums and email.


  • Submission of application to the state
  • Payment of applicable fees
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent with one year of relevant experience or have an associate's degree in relevant field or have a bachelor's degree

Course Materials

  • Kansas Administrative Regulations
  • Statutes and Regulations for the Licensure and Operation of Assisted Living and Residential Health Care Facilities
  • Resident Functional Capacity Screen Manual
  • Office of the State Fire Marshal Residential Board and Care & Assisted Living Handbook

Speaker Information: Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA - Director of GERTI

Belinda received her Bachelor and Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed adult care home administrator and has worked as an Administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living communities and served as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, under the administrations of Governor Parkinson and Governor Brownback. She was involved in the person-directed care movement as the Chair of the Kansas Culture Change Coalition. She developed the Administrator-In-Training program and taught the assisted living operators course at Johnson County Community College. Currently, she is the Director of GERTI, the education branch of Evergreen Living Innovations, Inc.

Cost: LeadingAge Kansas Members - $800, Non-Members - $900

Course Requirements: Internet ability (DSL, LAN, or cable connectino desirable) with a supported web browser. Ability to travel to Topeka on the first and last day of the course.

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Continuing Education: 

This event is approved for up to 53 hours for Adult Care Home Administrators by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (HOC approved provider number LTS-A1141) with 39 possible in the core of Administration and 14 hours in the core of Resident Care.

The Kansas State Board of Nursing approved GERTI as a provider of continuing education. This program is approved for up to 53 continuing education hours applicable to RN, APRN, and LPN re-licensure (KSBN LT0249-0916).

Approved for 53 continuing educaiton clock hour for Kansas Licensed Social Workers by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (Provider Number: 07-003).

Print Your Own Handouts: 

LeadingAge Kansas and GERTI have a "print as needed" handout policy for our education. A few days before the conference, a link will be emailed to you, where you can access the handouts. Please be sure your correct email address is submitted on the registation form. Each participant should print out the handouts they need for the sessions they will attend.

*GERTI is unable to issue refunds except for extenuating circumstances.

Course Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 4:00pm
Registration Date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:30pm
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