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Dementia Care

Technical Certificate

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. 

Program Overview

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. 

Program Outcomes

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
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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. 

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High-future demand.

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Flexible and innovative.

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Designed to fit a busy life. 


Academics

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. 

Flexible

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.

Practical Approaches

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.


Curriculum

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.   

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Featured Dementia Care Courses

10544105
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Examine the signs, symptoms and stages of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and how these diseases affect physiology and brain function. This course focuses on the principles of communicating and providing care to individuals with memory loss and confusion while learning the best practices for dealing with behavior changes, challenges with the activities of daily living, and strategies to assist caregivers.
10544111
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Analyze legal and financial concepts and structures including Power of Attorney for health care/finance, guardianships, trusts, reallocation of assets, spending down, Medicare/Medicaid benefits, supplemental insurance, Social Security, elder abuse/neglect, financial exploitation, and relevant governmental policies. Apply knowledge through advocacy to benefit aging adults on local, state and federal levels.
10544100
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Develop effective communication strategies and supportive interview techniques that enhance rapport and relationships with aging populations. Apply ethical principles, standards and boundaries that acknowledge self-determination.

Dementia Care is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Dementia Care student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Dementia Care

Technical Certificate
12 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Hospitals, Hospice, Home Health Care and Assisted Living, LongTerm Care, Nursing Homes and Group Homes, Adult Care, Senior Centers, Community, Non-Profit and Government Agencies, Counseling Centers, Business and Industry
Range of Yearly Salary
$8.37-$14.47 Hourly / $17,410-$30,098 Annually
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Healthcare and Service Provider

Technical Certificate
12 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Hospitals, Hospice, Home Health Care and Assisted Living, LongTerm Care, Nursing Homes and Group Homes, Adult Care, Senior Centers, Community, Non-Profit and Government Agencies, Counseling Centers, Business and Industry
Range of Yearly Salary
$17,410-$30,098 Annually
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Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver

Technical Diploma
2 Credits / 1 Course / 1 Semester Part Time
Potential Careers
Assisted Living, Memory Care, Group Homes, Transitional Housing
Range of Yearly Salary
$18,719–$45,756 Annually
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Continue your education to obtain an associate degree.

Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Aging Services Provider, Advocacy Specialist, Geriatric Care Specialist, Dementia Care Specialist/Provider, Benefits Coordinator, Client Navigation Specialist, Activity/Recreation Coordinator, Housing/Transportation Specialist, Program Planner
Range of Yearly Salary
$21,838-$45,029 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Gerontology - Aging Services Professional Bachelor's Degree

Lakeland University | UW-Barron County | UW-Oshkosh | UW-Stout
Potential Careers
Social and Community Services Manager, Patient Representative
Range of Yearly Salary
$20,197–$53,456 annually

Admissions and Tuition

To apply for a certificate, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and WITC will guide you from there. 

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Dementia Care

12 Credits | 1 Year

$1,752

$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. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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