Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals

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Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals

Unique in the State

Pathway Certificate

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 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. 

Program Overview

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. 

Program Outcomes

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
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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.

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High-future demand.

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Flexible and innovative.

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Designed to fit a busy life. 


Gerontology for Healthcare 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.

Practical Approach

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.   

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals Courses

| 3 CR
Explore the wide spectrum of programs and services available to older adults that address a variety of physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, legal, spiritual, and recreational needs.Examine social policy as it relates to aging and available federal funding for the aging consumer including community resources, eligibility criteria, and how to access and coordinate services. Additional topics include supplementing social networking and enhancing mental health functioning.
| 3 CR
Develop effective communication strategies and supportive interview techniques that enhance rapport and relationships with aging populations. Apply ethical principles, standards and boundaries that acknowledge self-determination.

Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
12 Credits / 2 semesters
Potential Careers
Hospitals, Hospice, Home Health Care and Assisted Living, Long Term 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 semester / Fall Only
Potential Careers
Hospitals, Hospice, Home Health Care and Assisted Living, Long Term 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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You can continue your education to earn an associate degree.

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 earn a bachelor's degree. 

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Tuition and Fees

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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 Healthcare Professionals Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals certificate. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Gerontology - Aging Services Professional associate degree.

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