Schoolcraft College and the Alzheimer’s Association have launched a Dementia Care Certificate program to address the growing demand for professionals with expertise in dementia care. Classes are interactive and provide practical skills which can be applied in the workplace or home setting immediately.
To qualify for a Dementia Care Certificate, participants must successfully complete five required classes and two elective classes totaling 16–19 hours of coursework. It is strongly recommended that Fundamentals of Dementia Care be taken first. For those pursuing all five required classes in one term, we recommend enrolling in CES 4342 Dementia Care Series, which is a cost savings.
Dementia Care Class Offerings
Required Classes for Certificate:
• Fundamentals of Dementia Care
• Making Meaningful Connections
• Making the Most of Mealtime
• Understanding Safe and Unsafe Wandering
• Combating Caregiver Stress
Who should take these classes?
This training is designed for professionals and personal caregivers who frequently interact with people with dementia. Those who would benefit from this training include: nurses, social workers, pharmacists, physicians, social services, occupational, speech and physical therapists, home health aides, dietitians, massage and aroma therapists, recreation and activities professionals, music and art therapists, dentists, dental hygienists, EMTs, paramedics, assisted living staff and many more.
Will I earn continuing education hours to maintain my professional certification by taking these classes?
This educational activity is provided by Schoolcraft College, an approved continuing education provider under the Michigan Board of Nursing Administrative Rule R338.10602(g). All classes are approved for continuing education contact hours for nurses through Schoolcraft College, continuing education contact hours for social workers through the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, and CEUs for other healthcare professionals. Students will receive a certificate at the end of each successfully completed class documenting the number of CEUs earned.
Do I need to fulfill any prerequisites prior to registering for any of these classes?
There are no prerequisites prior to enrolling in our Dementia Care Certificate program. Our dementia care classes are designed to accommodate all levels of education and experience, from entry level professionals to those with extensive experience in the field.
Do I have to take the classes in a certain order?
It is recommended that Fundamentals of Dementia Care be taken first. Other classes may be taken in any sequence.
I have already taken dementia/Alzheimer’s classes elsewhere; can I transfer them to the Schoolcraft College program?
Students are required to complete all required and elective classes at Schoolcraft College to satisfy the certificate requirements. Transfers will not be accepted.
Will I need to purchase any books for this program?
All books and materials are included in the class fee and will be distributed in class.
Who are the instructors?
Instructors are selected by the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) and approved by Schoolcraft College. Each instructor goes through comprehensive training and is given specific instruction on our quality standards of teaching.
What is considered successful completion of the training program?
To qualify for a Dementia Care Certificate, participants must successfully complete five required classes and two elective classes, totaling 16-19 hours of coursework. Students must attend all class sessions and pass the competency exam given at the end of each class in order to receive their certificate.
How do I get my Dementia Care Certificate?
Upon successful completion of the required classes, students must contact Schoolcraft College PPL by emailing [email protected] or calling 734-462-4448 to request their certificate. Your information will be verified by our staff and the certificate will be mailed to your home.
How do I sign up for this program?
- Register online at Ocelot Access
- Bring in the registration form with payment to the McDowell Center, Livonia Campus
- Mail the registration form with payment to: Schoolcraft College – Cashier, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152