Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

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Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

Associate Degree

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 Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

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.

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 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.

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High-future demand. 

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Flexible and innovative. 

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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 through a combination of Online and Your Choice. 

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. 

Fit My Life Program

Fit My Life programs accommodate your life by providing an option of a part-time, evening and/or weekend core course schedule throughout your entire education, making it easier to work around childcare, work and other responsibilities.

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. 

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Featured Gerontology - Aging Services Professional Courses

| 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.
| 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.
| 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 Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
12 Credits / 1or 2 semesters
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
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Pathway Certificate
12 Credits / 1 or 2 semesters
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
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This is the program you’re looking at.

Associate Degree
61 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
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech 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 Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech 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 2021-22*

Gerontology - Aging Services Professional

61 Credits | 2 Years


*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 Northwood Tech 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. 

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Transfer Options

After you complete your two-year Gerontology - Aging Services Professional degree at Northwood Tech, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education

The Northwood Tech 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. 

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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