Geriatric Care Specialist Technical Diploma | Northcentral Technical College

Geriatric Care Specialist

Technical Diploma

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.

program at a Glance

Geriatric Care Specialist 30 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford Fully Available
  • Phillips Fully Available
  • Spencer Fully Available
  • Wittenberg Fully Available

Approximate Cost

$5,924 (Tuition: $4430, Books: $1494)

Average Starting Salary

$20,134 Based on Economic Modeling Specialists International and employer survey data.

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program Outcomes

  • Evaluate the physical, social, psychological, spiritual aspects of aging
  • 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

Potential Careers

  • Advocacy Specialist
  • 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

Course List

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Course List

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Additional program Information

CPR Requirement

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

Criminal Background Check

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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