The Universal Care Assistant program is designed to educate special needs students who choose to work in a human service occupation area. During the 36-credit program, students learn necessary skills to work as care providers with the elderly, young children, and persons with differing abilities. The Universal Care Assistant program also offers course groupings leading to employment opportunities in the cleaning and food service areas. 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
(19 Courses)
Course Title Credits
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
NA 1125 Home Health Aide
NA 1612 Nursing Assistant
UCA 1005 Occupational/Service Learning 3*
UCA 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
UCA 1015 Activity Ideas 1*
UCA 1040 Introduction to Aging
UCA 1100 Workplace Issues
UCA 1105 Behavior Intervention
UCA 1155 Crisis Intervention
UCA 1180 Employment Readiness
UCA 1190 Pre-Cooking Techniques
UCA 1195 Food Preparation
UCA 1200 Basic Math Skills
UCA 1205 Basic Communication Skills
UCA 1210 Understanding Young Children
UCA 1220 Living Skills
UCA 1225 Disability Awareness
UCA 2900 Internship I 6*
Total Credits: 36  
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 2800 Professional Development 1*
Total Diploma Credits: 36  

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