‚ÄčUniversal Care Assistant

This program is designed to educate special needs students who choose to work in the human service occupation area. During the 26-credit program, students learn necessary skills to work as care providers with the elderly, young children, and persons with differing abilities. Care giving skills include companionship, personal care, food preparation, daily household management tasks, cleaning and food service. A majority of the credits are attained through hands-on experiences, making it ideal for special needs learners seeking employable skills.

Areas of emphasis:

  • Elderly aide
  • Adult/developmental disabilities aide
  • Early childhood aide

Graduates have a wide variety of options available to them in the Universal Care Assistant career field. Employment is available in a one-to-one setting or in group settings such as:

  • Nursing homes
  • Home health aide agencies
  • Adult day care
  • Personal care attendant
  • Daycare homes
  • Daycare centers
  • Preschools


Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.