Direct Care Workers Certificate

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This certificate for Direct Care Workers provides an overview of issues in aging and the main issues direct care workers face.

The certificate is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It also provides an avenue for health care providers to move into supervisory positions and/or to further their education towards advanced degrees.

Certificate Requirements
Course NameCourse NumberCredits
Dementia & Alzheimer's DiseaseHLT 1023
Hospice & Palliative CareHLT 1033
Issues in AgingHLT 1053
Chronic ConditionsHLT 1083

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a certificate for Direct Care Workers should be able to:
  1. Define gerontology, geriatrics, aging, ageism, and the person-environment approach.
  2. Describe the major goals of hospice care, the members of the hospice team, and the roles of the nursing assistant or direct caregiver.
  3. Identify the anatomy and physiology of the brain.
  4. Describe the normal aging process and identify physiologic changes

Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course.

Apply online using our Certificate Application Form.

To register for courses, go to Course Search and search under the subject "Health Studies".

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed for adults who are interested in learning a specific set of skills and gaining knowledge in a certain area, but may not want to earn a degree. Credits earned may be applied toward a Charter Oak associate or baccalaureate degree.