Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services
Human services are the collection of services offered by public and private agencies to help improve clients’ living situations. The Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services is designed for individuals who wish to enter the field of gerontology with a basic foundation centered on working with the older adult population. Earning this certificate can help students secure a first position or assist with a potential promotion in the field.
Students who complete this certificate program can transfer the credits earned into the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree at Kaplan University.
Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services Program Highlights
The curriculum introduces and enhances basic skills, and focuses on some of the specific knowledge required of a human services professional who has a goal of working in elder care services.
This program is designed to help you:
- Examine the impact aging has on society
- Evaluate psychological theories to aid in developing ethical interventions
- Assess client needs to determine appropriate interventions and/or services
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Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What Are the Career Opportunities?
The human services certificate program could help graduates who wish to enter or advance in the gerontology field. Career opportunities include working as a personal care aide or social and human services assistant in a variety of organizations including, state, government, nonprofit, or private sector organizations.*
Growth of the senior population in the United States is a key driver of growth for both personal care aide and social and human services assistant positions. Human services assistants, advocates, caseworkers, family support workers, or home based assistants help provide client services such as family support or identifying and obtaining benefits, social and community service programs. Personal care aides could work at a private home, care facility, or non-residential care facility assisting or advising the elderly or their families.
Curriculum: All Tracks
- Certificate Requirements
Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 43
Total Program Credits: 43
- CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
- HN 115: HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM AND PROFESSION Change
The course introduces students to the human services field and the Kaplan University human services degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the various human service agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the human services degree and course offerings along with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.
- HN 205: APPLIED SKILLS FOR HUMAN SERVICES Change
Students will gain an understanding of the basic interviewing skills and documentation techniques required of a human service worker. Students will learn how to respond to a variety of situations involving clients with different needs and backgrounds, ask probing questions to elicit the required information, and document the client’s needs correctly, considering confidentiality, legal, and ethical implications. The course also addresses a number of other issues critical in human services such as problem solving, avoiding self-disclosure, and cultural sensitivity in verbal and nonverbal communications.
- HN 220: PREVENTION AND CRISIS INTERVENTION Change
You will learn appropriate and ethical prevention and intervention strategies. Using case studies and scenarios, you will identify risk factors that contribute to crises and distinguish between intervention and prevention strategies. Particular attention is given to crises involving youth and families in a variety of settings.
- SS 144: SOCIOLOGY Change
An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.
Any college composition course
- HN 330: CASE MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICES Change
Students will learn the importance of time management, how to prioritize and organize data, and the skills critical for working effectively with human services clients. Through the use of case studies, students will assess client needs and determine the types of data necessary to ensure the ethical delivery of services. Students will practice essential interviewing skills and explore best practices
in recording data from these interviews.
- HN 360: THE AGING POPULATION AND SOCIETY Change
This course will focus on the fastest-growing population in the United States. Students will examine research in the field of gerontology and analyze the effects on society of serving the aging population. Topics include the health care system, the economy, legislation and social action, and the media's influence on society's perception of the elderly. Students will analyze the current issues that have shaped ethical interventions for the elderly in a global society.
- HN 365: PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING Change
This course focuses on developmental research about the psychological characteristics of aging. Students will explore common perceptions and misconceptions about development in later life, as well as the social and biological factors that contribute to the maturation of the aging person. Students will evaluate psychological theories that will aid them in developing ethical interventions.
- CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change
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