The Universal Care Assistant program is designed to educate special needs students who choose to work in a 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. A majority of the credits are attained through hands-on experiences making it ideal for special needs learners seeking an employable skill.

NOTE: Program participants are subject to background checks according to Minnesota state law.

Course Outline
Required Courses
(13 Courses)
Course Title Credits
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
NA 1125 Home Health Aide
NA 1612 Nursing Assistant
UCA 1005 Occupational/Service Learning 2*
UCA 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
UCA 1015 Activity Ideas 1*
UCA 1040 Introduction to Aging
UCA 1105 Behavior Intervention
UCA 1155 Crisis Intervention
UCA 1180 Employment Readiness
UCA 1210 Understanding Young Children
UCA 1225 Disability Awareness
UCA 2900 Internship I 6*
Total Credits: 26  
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course Title Credits
EDA 1020 Sign Language I
EDA 1025 Sign Language II
EDA 1045 Computer/Machine Technology
UCA 1200 Basic Math Skills
UCA 1205 Basic Communication Skills
UCA 2800 Professional Development 1*
Total Certificate Credits: 26  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.