Program Description

The Gerontology Certificate is intended to give human service professionals a core function of classes centered on the aging population. This certificate will benefit nurses, nursing assistants and physicians who provide care for the aging population, human service workers who plan to work with older adults and their families in residential care, long-term care, hospitals, clinics and community settings, occupational, recreation and physical therapists who help to optimize the older population’s ability to function well in their daily living and working environments and adult children of aging parents, older adults and general public who have a growing need for understanding the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of aging.

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
80-90%
at Antigo
80-90%
at Medford
80-90%
at Phillips
80-90%
at Spencer
80-90%
at Wittenberg
80-90%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Describe the role of geriatric assessment, health promotion and rehabilitation in client management
  • Understand the psychosocial aspects of aging across ethnic groups
  • Apply ethical decision-making process to personal and professional situations
  • Identify physical, mental and social issues related to aging

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Activities Director

Courses

The Gerontology Certificate is a 14 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

LONG-TERM CARE/MEDICARE/MEDICAID 2.00
BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00
METHODS OF SOCIAL CASEWORK 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Admissions Process

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