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.