Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services

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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. 

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Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs.

Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services Program Highlights

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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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 the following services:

  • Family support
  • 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.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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December 05, 2018

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 who has a goal of working in elder care services. Courses include:

  • Applied Skills for Human Services
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Sociology
  • Case Management in Human Services
  • The Aging Population and Society
  • Psychology of Aging
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits43
  • Total Credits43

Can I Afford This?

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Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment 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.

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.