Arapahoe Community College

2015-2016 Catalog

Eldercare Specialist Certificate


CIP 512602 (HOME)

This certificate is designed to expand the traditional role of the current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) to become specialists in working with elders in a blended role based on the concepts of culture change. This blended role will move away from “disciplinary silos” and position staff to serve residents needs vs. outsourcing to another department. This program is based on a movement that seeks to de-institutionalize care by creating a true home environment focusing on building relationships between all staff and residents, and helping residents make choices that are important to them. Domains of self-directed care, honoring resident’s choices, planning and facilitating social activities, assisting with preparation serving meals and meeting sanitation requirements will be components of study. Leadership principles of decision making skills, problem solving and conflict resolutions are competencies that will be addressed in this program. Students will have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom to a simulated lab setting.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Admission to this program requires a current Nurse Aid Certificate (CNA).

Program Requirements

Major Courses

(5 credit hours)

ELS 201

Basic Concepts of the Eldercare Specialist


CUA 121

Introduction of Food Production Principles and Practices



5 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this certificate must be completed with a "C" or better.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

2015-2016 Catalog

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