Online Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services

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Program at a Glance
  • Eight courses enhance basic skills and focus on specific knowledge required of a human services professional.
  • Earn your gerontology certificate 100% online while meeting the demands of your career.
  • Learn from professors who are experienced in the field.
  • Credits earned in this program can apply toward a Purdue Global associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
Upcoming Start Dates

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

Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services Overview

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.

Coursework in this human services and gerontology certificate program is focused on preparing you to:

  • 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.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Get a Head Start on Your Next Degree

By completing this online human services certificate, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward certain Purdue Global associate’s or bachelor’s degrees.*

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Service Orientation
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Active Listening
  4. Complex Problem Solving
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot 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.

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

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.

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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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits43
  • Total Credits43

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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.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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*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 Assessment policy.