Dementia Care Training

Dementia Care Training The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College have formed a partnership to deliver the Association's professional education courses through Ivy Tech's statewide campus system. The courses are part of the Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Training Program, developed by the Association and experts throughout Indiana in response to training deficits in long-term care related to dementia.

The courses listed on this site are created by the largest national voluntary organization dedicated to conquering Alzheimer's disease and delivered by the state's engine of workforce development and your Community College. We have conveniently scheduled the courses around the state to meet your continuing education needs. You may call the listed Ivy Tech representatives at any time to register or with questions.

Who Should Attend

These programs have been designed for professionals in healthcare. Those who should consider attending include professionals in:

  • Adult Day Services
  • Long-Term Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Hospice
  • Home Healthcare
  • Acute Care
  • Social Services

Dementia Professional Certification

The Alzheimer's Association and Ivy Tech Community College have launched the Dementia Professional Certification (DPC). This certification is the first of its kind and recognizes healthcare professionals who have furthered their study in quality dementia care.

This partnership allows the Alzheimer's Association's professional courses to be delivered throughout Ivy Tech's statewide campus system. Courses were developed by experts throughout Indiana in response to training deficits. The courses provide realistic best practices to provide quality dementia care.

To earn the DPC, healthcare professionals must have a total of 40 hours of course work from courses offered through this program. Required courses are as follows:

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Physical Health and Safety
  • Fundamentals of Dementia Care
  • Managing Activities
  • Directing an Alzheimer's Unit
  • Strategies for Better Care Environments

Once you have completed your training requirements, you are eligible to sit for the certification exam in one of Ivy Tech's 23 testing centers around the state. You will first be required to submit an application to test, and, upon receiving your approval letter, will need to contact the testing center of your choice to schedule.

Please note that you must test within one year of your training completion date.

You are required to present this approval letter as proof that you have completed all of your course requirements before being allowed to test. Upon successfully passing the exam, you will receive a certification certificate by mail.

Indiana State Department of Health Training Requirements:

All nursing home staff with regular resident contact must receive six hours of dementia-specific training within six months of hire. Three hours of dementia-specific training is required annually thereafter.

Personnel assigned to the Alzheimer's/Dementia Special Care Unit must receive six hours of dementia-specific training within 30 days of the assignment. Three hours of dementia-specific training is required annually thereafter.

In facilities with an Alzheimer's/Dementia Special Care Unit, the designated unit director must have 12 hours of dementia-specific training within three months of employment and six hours annually thereafter.