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Gerontology Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

DEMENTIA CARE THERAPY AND PRACTICES (10544104)

Credits: 4.00

Examine the educational concepts and practices for the care and safety of individuals experiencing dementia. Explore caregiver strategies for persons with dementia by using person-centered techniques and practices that best support the dementia client. Investigate in depth, Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Explore end of life care for the advanced dementia client and gain an understanding of how dementia impacts caregivers and community.

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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (10809188)

Credits: 3.00

Developmental Psychology is the study of human development throughout the lifespan. This course explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Human Growth & Development

GENERAL BIOLOGY (10806114)

Credits: 4.00

Introduces general biological concepts and principles. Emphasis is on cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and taxonomical relationships. Consideration is also given to diversity among the various kingdoms.

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Biology

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

INTRODUCTION TO DEMENTIA (10544103)

Credits: 2.00

Explores the history of dementia, different types of dementia and different stages of the disease. Differentiate dementia and the normal aging process while gaining an understanding of dementia related behaviors by engaging in interactive activities. Examine the physical, physiological and emotional impacts of this disease, as well as investigate the latest medical research.

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INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.

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INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (10520150)

Credits: 3.00

Examine the different issues that affect us as we age. Differentiate individual, social and community support. Investigate the prominent issues involved when working with the geriatric population in a variety of vocations. Construct a narrative of an elderly person across the lifespan. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found when working with the aging population. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

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LONG-TERM CARE/MEDICARE/MEDICAID (10160122)

Credits: 2.00

Analyzes issues related to the needs, costs and financing of long-term care in the United States. Compares international approaches and issues surrounding access and financing of long-term care. The learner will be given an overview of the government entitlement programs, Medicare and Medicaid.

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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (10501101)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

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METHODS OF SOCIAL CASEWORK (10520108)

Credits: 3.00

Practice case management techniques and supervision. Incorporate intake assessment techniques. Create a plan of service, coordinate care. Utilize referral techniques. Demonstrate client self-determination (autonomy). Determine issues of boundaries and ethics. Apply reflective practitioner methods. This course consists of 36 hours of lecture and 36 hours of lab.

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SPEECH (10801198)

Credits: 3.00

Explores the fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups. Topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques and other essential elements of speaking successfully, including the listening process form the basis of the course.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
Skill Demonstration
A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.