About the Program

The Geriatric Care Specialist is a certificate program designed to prepare a competent, skilled nursing assistant to provide care at a more advanced level for the growing population of elderly in our communities.  In addition to the CNA curriculum, which prepares the student to perform basic care skills, the courses address:

  • changes in the culture of long-term care, providing for more resident-centered care
  • an in-depth focus on caring for the person with dementia
  • advanced skills and topics geared toward enhancing the services and quality of life for an aging population
  • how to improve the survey outcome for a facility

The program is intended for qualified persons who are:

  • CNA’s wanting to enhance their education
  • interested in entering the health care field as a direct care provider
  • seeking education to reenter the workforce
  • seeking a short-term educational program leading to immediate employment