Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals
Unique in the State
12 Credits | 1 or 2 semesters
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*
Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*
*Combination of Online and Your Choice instruction
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
The Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals pathway certificate is designed to meet the needs of individuals working in the healthcare and other service industries who are working with increasing numbers of older adults and caregivers in our communities. It is ideal for people entering the job market or choosing to enhance their current careers in service delivery or leadership roles within a variety of settings.
You will be able to directly apply your acquired theory, knowledge and practical skills within a variety of professional settings. This pathway certificate is designed to enhance the education and experience of practitioners who work directly with older adults in healthcare and clinical settings, community-based programs, residential facilities, and private or for-profit business and industry.
Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals graduates will be able to:
- Analyze the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of aging throughout the lifespan
- 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 individuals understanding the needs of our aging population who work in the healthcare and other service-oriented industries. This short-term credential can be earned in a year or less, and is offered in flexible 8-week course offerings.
Flexible and innovative.
Designed to fit a busy life.
Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals Pathway Certificate classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, and Superior campuses and Hayward, Ladysmith, Balsam Lake Outreach Centers.) Take classes online and Your Choice formats.
Accelerated, eight-week courses offered through convenient online and Your Choice formats.
Cutting-Edge & Interactive
Cognitive simulation equipment provides you “virtual” aging experiences such as dementia, vision/ hearing loss and mobility impairments.
Train and prepare your 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 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 for Healthcare Professionals is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way.
You could take this first and get a credential.
You can 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*
Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals
12 Credits | Less than 1 year
$580 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 for Healthcare Professionals Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals certificate.