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Commencement 2015 student speaker April Cox
Barrington, RI resident named Charter Oak student speaker

Commencement 2015 speaker Colin McEnroe
Columnist and radio personality to speak at graduation

Commencement 2015 on May 31st
Over 550 students will comprise the Class of 2015, with 200 attending the ceremony

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Direct Care Workers - Specialty Skills in Elder Care Certificate

The certificate for Direct Care Workers - Specialty Skills in Elder Care is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It targets specialty areas in elder care and gives an overview of health care systems and administration. 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 Name Course Number Credits
Substance Abuse HLT 104 3
Rehabilitation HLT 106 3
Mental Health HLT 107 3
Health Care Systems & Administration HCA 101 3
TOTAL   12

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a certificate for Direct Care Workers - Specialty Skills in Elder Care should be able to:

  1. Explain the bio-psychosocial disease process of addiction and critically compare it to the moral model of addiction.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitation team.
  3. Discuss mental health issues problems associated with an aging society.
  4. To analyze and describe the healthcare organization and operation.

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" and "Health Care Administration".

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.