Online Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services

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8
Total Courses
$371
Cost per Credit
11 months
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Elder Care Services Certificate Overview

Demand for human services assistants is growing fast. It’s time to move your career forward with an elder care services certificate. Be ready to make a difference in the lives of older and aging adults.

  • Gain basic skills and knowledge required of a human services professional through eight targeted courses.
  • Complete your gerontology certificate 100% online while meeting the demands of your career.
  • Learn from professors who are experienced in the field.
  • Get a head start on your next degree — you can apply credits from the certificate toward a future Purdue Global associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Gain Skills That Employers — and Older Adults — Need

Be ready to enter the field of gerontology — build a foundation in working with the elderly population:

  • Understand 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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Engage With Fellow Students

Online discussion boards provide the opportunity to engage with students from around the country and learn from their experiences in their communities.

Students are invited to join the Human Services Club for further networking and educational opportunities.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum introduces and enhances basic skills and focuses on some of the specific knowledge required of a human services professional specializing in elder care services.

Sample Courses

  • Applied Skills for Human Services
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Case Management in Human Services
  • The Aging Population and Society
  • Psychology of Aging
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Program Requirements

43
Major Credits
43
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Prior Work Experience Reduction

You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Responsibilities in Elder Care

Human services assistants, advocates, caseworkers, family support workers, or home-based assistants help provide the following services:

  • Identifying and obtaining benefits
  • Developing social and community service programs
  • Assisting or advising the elderly or their families

Career Opportunities

The human services certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to enter or advance in the gerontology field. Elder care career opportunities include working as a social and human services assistant in a variety of organizations including state, government, nonprofit, or private sector organizations.

Average Salary

Low

General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. This program was not designed to lead to certification or licensure as a social worker or counselor in any specific state, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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Prepare yourself for success with a Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

98%

Faculty members who have advanced degrees

51%

Faculty members who hold a doctorate

395

Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.