Direct Care Workers Certificate
This certificate for Direct Care Workers provides an overview of issues in aging and
the main issues direct care workers will be facing. 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.
|Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease
|Hospice & Palliative Care
|Issues in Aging
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete a certificate for Direct Care Workers should be able to:
- Define gerontology, geriatrics, aging, ageism, and the person-environment approach.
- Describe the major goals of hospice care, the members of the hospice team, and the
roles of the nursing assistant or direct caregiver.
- Identify the anatomy and physiology of the brain.
- 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 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