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Aging Services Leadership Certificate

The Aging Services Leadership (ASL) certificate assists individuals interested in gaining knowledge pertaining to aging, eldercare, and gerontology. The certificate will prepare individuals to understand the cultural, physical, and social aspects of aging along with the aspects of how aging affect populations. The certificate will prepare individuals to apply administrative principles required in the management of aging services such as nursing home, long term care settings, and home health services. The certificate includes required pre-requisite and core courses along with elective courses in which students can tailor the certificate to meet specifications of their career goals.

The Colorado Chapter of LeadingAge

The Colorado chapter of LeadingAge provides some key data relevant to the growing need for assistance and the importance of Aging Services Leadership itself:

  • 28,900 Assisted Living Centers Nationwide
  • Adult Day Services growing 5.5%/year
  • Through 2026, the projected growth of jobs in healthcare settings is at 18%. But, the demand for home health and personal care aides will far outpace the sector’s growth, with an increase of 41% to more than 4 million jobs.
  • Life Plan Communities (CCRCs) and Nursing Homes are expanding service offerings, which translates to more jobs.
  • PACE programs are expanding rapidly nationwide at a rate of 12%/year.
  • The population of adults age 65 and older will increase from 47.8 million in 2015 to 88 million in 2050.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that nearly 70% of people who reach the age of 65 will ultimately need some form of long-term services and supports (LTSS).
  • By 2035, the number of older households with disability will increase by 76% to reach 31.2 million.
  • The US will need 2.5 million LTSS workers by 2030 to keep up with the growth of America’s aging population.

Aging Services Leadership Certificate Requirements

The Aging Services Leadership Certificate requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

Summary of Certificate Requirements

Required Prerequisites: 6 Credits
Required Core Courses: 9 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 9 Credits
Total: 24 Credits

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Health Data Science Certificate Requirements

Health Data Science is a field that focuses on applying information science methods to analyze and understand health care information, to progress from raw data to knowledge for improved decision-making and care delivery. Health Data Science uses interactive data analytic tools to explore large sets of health data to improve patient care and outcomes, improve effectiveness and efficiency of health operations, decrease costs and risk, and manage the health of populations.

Health Data Science Certificate Course Requirements requires the following courses. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

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