Program Description

The Geriatric Care Specialist Technical Diploma program expands the knowledge and skills of direct care providers to include critical thinking, communication, documentation, ethical decision making and practical hands-on care. Additionally, the learner will obtain a foundational base in funding sources available to aging clients as well as service providers. Prospective learners include: Certified Nursing Assistants, nursing students, home health aides, activity directors and those who wish to understand the broader scope of working with the geriatric population.

Approximate Cost

$5,576
Tuition: $4411 , Books: $1165

Starting Salary

$20,238
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Available

100% Online

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
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
100%
at Online

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

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Exhibit ethical and legal practice consistent with a gerontology professional
  • Distinguish the role of the gerontology professional in the coordination of service delivery
  • Cultivate an age-friendly community
  • Evaluate the physical, social, psychological, spiritual aspects of aging

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Aging Services Provider
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Client Navigation Specialist
  • Program Planner
  • Financial Management / Legal Support Services Provider
  • Housing / Transportation Specialist
  • Activity Recreation Coordinator
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Advocacy Specialist

Courses

The Geriatric Care Specialist Technical Diploma is a 28 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING 3.00
CUSTOMER-FOCUSED CAREGIVING 2.00
NURSING ASSISTANT 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00
GERIATRIC CONCEPTS FOR NURSES 3.00

Second Term

LONG-TERM CARE/MEDICARE/MEDICAID 2.00
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3.00
METHODS OF SOCIAL CASEWORK 3.00
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES IN THE AGING POPULATION 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Additional Information

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 16 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 38 or above in math, 66 or above in reading, and 65 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.