DAVENPORT, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--It is predicted that by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, compared to only 13 percent in 2010. By 2050, nearly 84 million Americans will be 65 and older—nearly double the estimated population (43 million) in 2012. As America ages, more and more stress will be placed on healthcare systems and caregivers.
To meet this growing demand for skilled health professionals, Kaplan University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has introduced a new Human Services certificate in Elder Care Services. The College’s certificate offering is further bolstered by the addition of a Human Services certificate in Child and Family Services.
The new certificates were developed in response to demographic and socioeconomic trends that point to a need for qualified professionals in the human services field over the next decade.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook (2014-2015), social and human services assistant jobs are expected to increase by 22 percent, double the average growth rate for all occupations. These positions are needed to serve the ever-growing 65-and-over population, as well as fill the widening gap for child and family welfare services linked to rising U.S. poverty rates.
“An increasing number of employers are taking into account the individual’s level of advanced education and relevant work experience when considering candidates for these positions,” said Sara Sander, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Vice President and Dean. “These certificates serve a dual purpose to answer that call - to help students begin social service careers in gerontology or family care, as well as professionals who want to grow their skill sets related to work in either of these career sectors.”
Both certificate tracks are designed to help students sharpen psychological evaluation skills and assess client needs to develop ethical interventions and determine appropriate interventions and/or services for care. Special focus will be on prevention and crisis intervention and case management.
- Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services: The certificate helps prepare students with a basic foundation on the psychology of aging and the impact aging has on society.
- Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services: The certificate emphasis studies in child and adolescent development along with child and family welfare issues.
Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Human Services are eligible to transfer certificate courses into the degree track.
More information about the certificates can be found at:
At this time, if you reside in one of the following states you may not enroll in these programs: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee, or Wisconsin.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 22,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.Kaplan.com.