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
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 43
COST PER CREDIT $371
How Do I Get Started?

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

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

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.

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

Note: 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.

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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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.