Unique in the state
12 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*
Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*,
*Your Choice and Online instruction. Select courses are available at the WITC Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.
Career Cluster: Health Science
The Dementia Care pathway certificate is designed to meet the emerging and rapidly growing demand for service providers who work with older adults experiencing cognitive loss. It is ideal for people entering the job market or choosing to enhance their current careers in service delivery or leadership roles within the gerontology or other related fields.
You will gain relevant and emerging information related to dementia types, symptoms and progression. You will be provided with practical tools and strategies that promote effective communication, honor human dignity, and support the importance of advanced planning. You will examine ways to positively impact your community through advocacy, education and other cutting edge initiatives based on coursework and experiential learning activities.
Dementia Care graduates will be able to:
- Analyze the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of aging throughout the lifespan
- Analyze the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of dementia
- Apply ethical and legal practice consistent with a gerontology professional
- Identify the role of the gerontology professional in the connection of service delivery
- Identify strategies to cultivate an age-friendly community
Meet the emerging and rapidly growing career prospects for service providers who are increasingly working with older adults, many of whom are experiencing cognitive loss.
Flexible and innovative.
Designed to fit a busy life.
Dementia Care pathway certificate classes are offered on all campuses and outreach centers (Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior with select courses available at Balsam Lake Outreach Center.) Take classes online, by interactive television and in traditional classroom format.
Accelerated, eight-week courses offered through convenient online and in-person evening formats.
Cutting-Edge & Interactive
Cognitive simulation equipment provides you with “virtual” aging experiences such as dementia, vision/hearing loss and mobility impairments.
Train and prepare an existing workforce for the expanding population of older adults in our region including public safety, community-based services such as religious and financial institutions, government agencies and other service industries.
Coursework addresses physical, social, psychological, legal, emotional, ethical, and spiritual aspects of dementia care. Certificate specific subjects explore the wide spectrum of services available, and how to work with older adults and caregivers in your community who are affected by dementia.
Enhance your education and marketability by pairing with any of the following programs: Nursing – Associate Degree, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Assistant, Paramedic Technician, EMT-Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Human Services Associate, or business programs.
You could take this first and get a credential.
Continue your education to obtain an associate degree.
Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out an application form. That’s it!
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*
12 Credits | 1 Year
$579 for books (including tax)
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Dementia Care Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Dementia Care certificate.