Gerontology - Aging Services Professional
61 Credits | 2 Years
Multiple Start Dates | Financial Aid-Eligible
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*
Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*
*Combination of Online and Your Choice instruction. Select courses are available at the WITC Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
This program will be modified for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about the new curriculum, please contact an Admissions Advisor.
The Gerontology-Aging Services Professional program is designed to meet the emerging and rapidly growing demand for service providers needed to work with the aging population. 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 field.
You will acquire comprehensive and interdisciplinary training to prepare you to work with older adults in a variety of positions and in diverse settings such as community, non-profit and government agencies, counseling centers, adult care, memory care, senior centers, home health care, assisted living, long-term care, nursing homes, group homes, hospitals, hospice, and business and industry. This innovative and flexible program blends online and in-person experiential learning with community-based fieldwork and is designed to fit into busy life schedules. You can choose part-time or full-time program options and mix and match coursework.
Gerontology - Aging Services Professional graduates will be able to:
- Evaluate the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of aging throughout the lifespan
- 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
This program blends online and live experiential learning and community-based fieldwork, ideal for pursuing or enhancing your career. Choose part-time or full-time program options. Mix and match coursework. Take one course, earn a short-term credential or the full associate degree.
Flexible and innovative.
Designed to fit a busy life.
This program will train and prepare the 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.
Enhance your education and marketability by double-majoring 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.
Gerontology-Aging Services Professional classes are offered on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and the three outreach centers (Balsam Lake, Hayward or Ladysmith. Take classes online, Your Choice, or in the traditional classroom format.
Career Enhancing Credentials
Earn two embedded certificates in Dementia Care and Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals to train and prepare you for entering the job market or enhance your current career.
Flexible Course Design & Scheduling
Accelerated, eight-week courses offered through convenient online and live, evening formats.
Cutting-Edge, Interactive Equipment
Cognitive and physical simulation equipment offer opportunities to “virtually” experience aging issues such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, vision and hearing loss, and mobility impairments.
Coursework addresses physical, social, psychological, legal, emotional, ethical and spiritual aspects of aging throughout the lifespan. Program specific subjects explore the wide spectrum of services available and how to work with older adults and caregivers in your community.
Gerontology - Aging Services Professional is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Gerontology - Aging Services Professional student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
You could take this first and get a credential.
This is the program you’re looking at.
Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. 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.
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 2019-20*
Gerontology - Aging Services Professional
60 Credits | 2 Years
$2,746 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 Gerontology - Aging Services Professional Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain certificates in Dementia Care and Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals, and an associate degree in Gerontology - Aging Services Professional.
After you complete your two-year Gerontology - Aging Services Professional degree at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree.
Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education
The WITC Gerontology - Aging Services Professional program is a member of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. The purpose of the AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education to the field of aging through education, research and public service.