Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

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Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Multiple Start Dates | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland,  New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

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. 

Program Overview

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. In addition, you will be added to the Wisconsin Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Employee Registry and will receive the American Red Cross First Aid Basic with Choking Certification of Completion. 

Program Outcomes

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 in-person 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.

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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

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). Take classes online, by interactive television and in the traditional classroom format. 

Career Enhancing Credentials

Earn two embedded certificates in “Dementia Care” and “Healthcare and Service Provider” to train and prepare you for entering the job market or enhance your current career. You will also join the Wisconsin Community-Based Residential Facility Employee Registry and earn a Red Cross First Aid and Choking verification card.   

Flexible Course Design & Scheduling

Accelerated, eight-week courses offered through convenient online and in-person evening formats.

Cutting-Edge, Interactive Equipment

Cognitive and physical simulation equipment provides you “virtual” aging experiences such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, vision and hearing loss, and mobility impairments. 


Curriculum

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. 

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Featured Gerontology - Aging Services Professional Courses

10544102
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Recognize how experience and history affect the value and societal expectations of each generation. Understand diversity among older adults including, but not limited to, race; ethnicity; culture; sexual orientation; and physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
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.
10544112
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Examine the scope, values, and principles of the gerontology profession. Coursework introduces the typical roles and duties of aging services professionals. Students assess their own motivations, attitudes, and interests. In addition to the regular classroom hours, observation and fieldwork in a community-based setting working with older adults is required. Students must complete or have on file current, valid Background Information Disclosure (BID) and Caregiver Background Check (Wisconsin and/or Minnesota) forms, as part of this course. PREREQUISITE: 10544108 Developing the Gerontology Professional, 10544112 Ethics in Human Services and COREQUISITES: Successful completion or co-enrollment in all other core program courses.

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! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

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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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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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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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

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

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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

60 Credits | 2 Years

$8,835

$3,071 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 Healthcare and Service Provider, a technical diploma in Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver and an associate degree in Gerontology - Aging Services Professional. 

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Transfer Options

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.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 5220

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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