Gerontology Basics | Western Technical College

Gerontology Basics


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Not Financial Aid Eligible

If you are working in healthcare or planning to enter a healthcare profession, understanding the issues affecting the senior population is a definite asset. This certification is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the job market or enhance an existing career that involves providing services for the elderly.

In this program, you will learn basic concepts relating to gerontology and study the physical aspects of aging, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Your coursework will also include age-related legal and ethical issues you may encounter while providing care to seniors.

When coupled with a related certificate, diploma, or degree, the Gerontology Basics certificate enhances the skills of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapy assistants, recreation therapists, physical therapy assistants, respiratory therapists, administrators, personal care workers, fire protection, police officers, or anyone whose work may include providing care to aging populations.

Gerontology Basics courses are not eligible to be included in the payment of financial aid unless accepted into the Human Services Associate program, or you are admitted to the associate degree in Gerontology through NWTC, or used as an elective as approved by the division and communicated to the Financial Aid Manager.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Gerontology Basics

This program will cost about $1,800* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact Enrollment Services or call 608-785-9553 for more information.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Gerontology Basics

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