Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Health Care Administration programs have expanded to teach new skills in working with Iowa's aging population. DMACC's new track is now known as Aging Services Management. The goal is to provide knowledge and skills about the needs and services affecting older adults and their families.
If you like to work with older adults, DMACC's Aging Services Management has several programs that will be of interest to you. The courses are designed for the working adult student. You will study gerontology, governance of agencies and facilities, management, human resources, legal issues and accounting. You can select one of several tracks.
Adult Services AS Degree track
After completing the Adult Services track, you may find employment in assisted living programs, adult day care programs, residential care facilities, agencies and associations that serve older adults. You may also transfer to a 4-year college or university.
Long-Term Care Administration AS degree track
Upon completing the Associate of Science (AS) degree, you may transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete the bachelor degree. Upon completion of your 4-year degree, you will meet requirements of the Iowa Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administration and be eligible to take the NAB exam.
Adult Services Specialist Certificate track
You do not need a prior degree. Upon completion, you may find employment in assisted living programs, adult day care programs, agencies that service the older adults and residential care facilities. For students interested in residential care facilities work, it is recommended to also take a course in general psychology and introduction to sociology.
Long-Term Care Administration Specialist Certificate track
This track requires a prior degree. Upon completion of coursework, the you will meet the requirements of the Iowa Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administration and be eligible to take the NAB exam.
Gerontology Specialist Certificate
This certificate program is designed for professionals and paraprofessionals who work with the older population. This includes but is not limited to health care providers, firemen, police officers, travel agencies, and the religious community.
Applied Behavior Analysis Assistant Certificate
This certificate has been designed for individuals with a four-year degree who work with older adults with dementia, Alzheimer's or who have other behavioral issues. Students will learn to identify problems and assess methods for interventions. Professionals working with the aging population will gain knowledge regarding the importance of providing a quality of life to those individuals through behavior modification.
Use any of the links on the left of the page to browse through our programs or find contacts for more information about Aging Services Management.