Gerontology for Professionals
Unique in the State
12 Credits | 1 semester | Fall Only
Multiple Start Dates
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 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 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 Professionals pathway certificate classes are offered on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and the three outreach centers (Hayward, Ladysmith, Balsam Lake). Take classes through a combination of Online and Your Choice.
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 Professionals is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Gerontology for Professionals student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
You could take this first and get a credential.
You can continue your education to earn an associate degree.
Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals
12 Credits | 1 semester
*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 for Professionals Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Gerontology for Professionals certificate. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Gerontology - Aging Services Professional associate degree.