12 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Career Cluster: Health Science
The Dementia Care technical 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 technical certificate course offerings are available at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campus locations. 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.
Dementia Care is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Dementia Care student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way.
You could take this first and get a credential.
Healthcare and Service Provider
Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver
Continue your education to obtain an associate degree.
Gerontology - Aging Services Professional
Gerontology - Aging Services Professional Bachelor's Degree
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs*
12 Credits | 1 Year
$1,752 In Tuition and Fees
*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.
ACT for Healthcare
ACT for Healthcare Project Funding
This ACT program is 100% funded with a TAACCCT Round IV $19.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. This is an equal opportunity employer/program which provides auxiliary aids and services upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling 711 or 800.243.9482 Voice/TTY. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access Employer and Educator. This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.