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Professional Certificate in Gerontology

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2030 more than 20 percent of Americans will be over age 65.  Bellarmine’s Professional Certificate in Gerontology will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of the aging population in a wide range of careers: nursing, allied health, social work and long term care. Opportunities also exist within government agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; and universities.

Earning the certificate:

  • distinguishes you as a knowledgeable, skilled, and committed professional in the field of gerontology
  • enhances your professional marketability
  • builds your skills and competencies in the field of aging
  • fulfills your continuing education requirements
  • gives you an interdisciplinary perspective on aging

Tuition

$999, includes all materials and field placement ($1,049 after August 29). Payment plan available. If interested, call 272.8161 before registering.

Who Should Attend

The program is relevant for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, psychologists, physicians, chiropractors, administration/management, religious leaders, physical fitness professionals, and financial and nonprofit personnel.

Continuing Education Hours

Available for Social Workers (6.6 CEUs/workshop) and Nurses (6.6 contact hrs/workshop).

Curriculum

The Professional Certificate in Gerontology is awarded for successful completion of EIGHT 6-hour WORKSHOPS and a 12-hour FIELD PLACEMENT.  (See workshop descriptions, instructor bios and info on field placement below.)

8 Fridays-8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sept. 12, 2014 - Age Related Changes and Issues
Oct. 10, 2014 - Dementia
Nov. 14, 2014 - Continuum of Care
Dec. 12, 2014 - Legal Issues and Services for the Aged
Jan. 9, 2015 - The Aging Woman and Man…Quality of Life and End of Life
Feb. 13, 2015 - Health Care Leadership
March 13, 2015 - Program Planning
April 10, 2015 - Race, Ethnicity and Global Aging

AGE-RELATED CHANGES AND ISSUES Sept. 12, 2014

Physical, Mental, Social and Personal Losses associated with growing older will be discussed. Successful keys to adjusting to difficult changes and losses will be shared. You will enhance your awareness of losses experienced by participating in simulation exercises. TOPICS: Physical Losses and Limitations (visual, hearing, taste, smell, touch, mobility limitations); Mental Confusion and Forgetfulness; Social Losses (job, income, home, church, neighbors and neighborhoods); Personal Losses (loss of loved ones, pets, friends).

OBJECTIVES – At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify physical losses that create limitations for the older adult.
  • Demonstrate techniques and devices that can assist people with limitations to become more independent and satisfied.
  • Recognize signs of mental confusion and forgetfulness that can impair the judgment and safety of an older individual.
  •  Identify methods to assist individuals with forgetfulness and confusion and safety issues.
  •  Recognize social and personal losses experienced by the elderly.

INSTRUCTOR: Patty Ingle, MSW, MA, LHFA, earned a Gerontology Graduate Certificate, is a licensed Health Care Administrator and has served as a Health Facility Consultant.

TEACHING METHODS: ​Didactic, small group discussions, audio/visual and experiential activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attend entire class and participate in class discussions and activities.

DEMENTIA Oct. 10, 2014

The many types of dementia will be discussed and differences will be defined. Conditions that may cause or mimic dementia and a variety of processes that can affect the mental alertness of people will also be explored. TOPICS: Various types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Organic and Chronic Brain Syndrome, Mimicking dementia, Processes affecting mental alertness.

OBJECTIVES - At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between Organic Brain Syndrome and Chronic Brain Syndrome.
  • Identify the processes that can affect mental alertness.
  • Recognize the causes of mental confusion that is reversible.
  • Discuss the conditions that cause dementia.
  • Discuss the conditions that mimic dementia.
  • Discuss specific details of an Alzheimer’s Unit.

INSTRUCTOR: Patty Ingle, MSW, MA, LHFA, earned a Gerontology Graduate Certificate, is a licensed Health Care Administrator and has served as a Health Facility Consultant.

TEACHING METHODS: ​Didactic, small group discussions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attend entire class and participate in class discussions and activities.

LEGAL ISSUES AND SERVICES FOR THE AGED Dec. 12, 2014

A variety of information about legal issues and available services for the aged will be presented. Legal resources for the elderly will also be provided. TOPICS:  Social Security, Living Will, Elder Abuse, Health Care Representative, DNR, Durable Power of Attorney, Guardianships, Medicaid, Medicare and Medigap.

OBJECTIVES - At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify entitlement, enrollment and benefits of Social Security.
  • Differentiate between a Living Will, DNR and Health Care Representative.
  • Describe the purpose and benefits of a Durable Power of Attorney.
  • Define the purpose, benefits and restrictions of a Guardianship.
  • Recognize the signs of Elder Abuse.
  • Describe the basic differences and benefits of Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Identify the benefits and need for Medigap.

INSTRUCTOR: Misty Clark Vantrease, JD, is an equity partner at Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC. She assists older clients and their family members with financial and non-financial issues.

TEACHING METHODS: ​Didactic, small group discussions, audio-visual.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attend entire class and participate in class discussions and activities.

THE AGING WOMAN (and MAN)...QUALITY OF LIFE AND END OF LIFE Jan. 9, 2015

Since women make up the majority of the elderly population, this workshop will focus on the lives of older women in the U.S.  Health conditions, life changes and the effects of race, class and ethnicity of older women will be examined. TOPICS: Common Health Problems as One Ages, Aging Across Cultures, Hospice and Pain Control.

OBJECTIVIES - At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe common problems of aging.
  • Discuss some of the methods by which older women (and men) can stay healthy and increase their quality of life.
  • Discuss common concepts surrounding death and dying.
  • Discuss how to “be with” people who are dying and their care providers.

INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Hager, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE, a Retired Hospice Nurse, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in Bellarmine’s Lansing School of Nursing. She teaches a course at Bellarmine on Aging across Cultures.

TEACHING METHODS: ​Didactic, small group discussions, audio-visual.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: ​Attend entire class and participate in class discussions and activities. 

HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP Feb. 13, 2015

In this workshop we’ll examine effective leadership skills in a health care facility and explore how to measure the effectiveness of successful leadership, which includes evaluations by patients, families, and staff members. Learn about enforcement of Federal and State guidelines throughout the facility. TOPICS: Effective Leadership Skills, Knowing Your Environment, Evaluating Effectiveness and Satisfaction, Enforcing Federal and State Requirements.

​OBJECTIVES ​​- At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe effective leadership skills.
  • Identify patient and staff members’ needs.
  • Explain/examine the importance of evaluating patient care.
  • Identify factors that influence patient and staff members’ satisfaction.
  • Discuss Federal and State regulations in Eldercare.

INSTRUCTOR: Ronnita Usher, DNP, APRN, is a nurse practitioner and NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Coordinator at Norton Audubon Hospital.

TEACHING METHODS: Didactic, small group discussions, audio-visual, and experiential activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attend entire class and participate in class discussions and activities. 

PROGRAM PLANNING March 13, 2015

Learn about various aspects of program planning that specific agencies and facilities utilize to serve older adults. TOPICS: Program Planning Formation, the Budgeting Process, Population of Clients/Patient; Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Location of Past Living Environment.

OBJECTIVES - At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognize the variance in program development between and among facilities.
  • Examine the influence of budget, facility guidelines, and state and federal requirements on program development.
  • Understand the need for Disaster Planning
  • Develop an effective program to meet a client’s/patient’s needs.
  • Understand the benefits of various therapies in Program Planning (e.g. art, music).

INSTRUCTOR: ​Missy Bonsutto, RN, BC , MSN, a Regional Director of Operations for Almost Family, is charged with the oversight of multiple home health agencies in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

TEACHING METHODS: ​Didactic, small group discussions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attend entire class discussions and activities.

RACE, ETHNICITY AND GLOBAL AGING April 10, 2015

In this workshop we’ll explore aging in the U.S. in comparison to global aging, life span, health conditions, living conditions, available continuum of care and the ways race, ethnicity, education and culture affect the aging experience. TOPICS:  Life Span, Health Conditions, Living Conditions, available Continuum of Care (condition, design and services provided), Race, Ethnicity, Education, Culture, U.S. versus other countries.

OBJECTIVES - At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Examine the differences in life span in various countries.
  • Discuss how life span is affected by environment.
  • Examine global health conditions and living conditions.
  • Describe the differences in Continuum of Care globally.
  • Recognize that an individual’s race, ethnicity, education and culture affect their aging experience.

INSTRUCTOR: ​Patty Ingle, MSW, MA, LHFA, earned a Gerontology Graduate Certificate, is a licensed Health Care Administrator and has served as a Health Facility Consultant.

TEACHING METHODS: ​Didactic, small group discussions, audio-video, and experiential activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attend entire class and participate in class discussions and activities.

GERONTOLOGY FIELD PLACEMENT


The Field Placement provides an opportunity for you to work in an agency or facility serving the elderly and an opportunity to network with professionals in the field of aging. This field placement will:
  • Give you the opportunity to become more familiar with an agency or facility serving the aged.
  • Make you more aware of the services needed by the elderly.
  • Give you the opportunity to network with other professionals in the field of aging.
  • Enhance your career decisions and development.

​FIELD PLACEMENT GUIDELINES

  • Students must have completed the Age Related Changes and Issues Course before starting the Field Placement.
  • Placement must be completed by March l, 2015.
  • Placement must be approved by Advisor. (The Advisor will offer several suggestions for placements; however, other locations may be suggested by student.)
  • Twelve hours are to be completed at the Gerontology Field Placement.
  • Student must keep a journal of work/duties at Placement. (Present to Advisor at each meeting and at the completion of Placement.)
  • Weekly timesheets signed by the site preceptor documenting hours worked toward total hours are required. Timesheets are presented to Advisor after total hours are completed. Timesheets and preceptor evaluations forms are provided by Advisor.
  • Student will meet with Preceptor and Advisor every two weeks to discuss placement involvement.
  • At the conclusion of the placement, the preceptor completes an evaluation that is submitted to the Advisor.
  • Final grade will be determined by Advisor.

Please note:
  • Any Gerontology student who intends to complete his/her Field Placement in a health care setting must be aware of the potential risk for coming into contact with bold borne pathogens, such as Hepatitis B. You are strongly urged to obtain a vaccination. (This is a series of three shots.)
  • Annual TB screening is mandatory at all health care facilities.
  • Immunizations are highly recommended and many agencies may require documentation of immunization records, including appropriate boosters.

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