Program Overview

WAGECC’s programs and core curriculum engage learners experientially and enhance engagement between health care professionals and older adults by emphasizing:

  • Person-Centered Care,
  • Humanities and Arts, and
  • Creativity in Aging.

WAGECC programs are comprised of the following:

Masters Faculty Scholars Program (MFSP)

The 160-hour MFSP provides health care professionals the opportunity to increase their skills in teaching and leading in settings that care for older adults. Each year, the MFSP provides faculty training and retraining in geriatrics for a minimum of four faculty each year, resulting in the designation as a WAGECC Master Faculty Scholar.

Professional Development Program (PDP)

The 40-hour PDP provides education for health care professionals in core knowledge and skills in geriatrics. Each course will provide continuing education credits, and upon completion of the PDP, participants will receive the WAGECC Fellow Certificate. An essential aspect of the PDP Core Curriculum is our evidence-based falls program to prevent and reduce falls across all settings and measure change in practice. Learners will build hours with the following:

  • 20 hours of core curriculum
  • 6 hours of clinical experience selected from variety of options
  • 14 hours selected from Electives and Specialty Programs

The PDP Core Curriculum will be offered twice a year in a three-day training format including a half-day falls prevention and management training.

Electives and Specialty Programs

Electives and Specialty Programs are offered through the year, building toward electives in the 40-hour Professional Development Program. Possible options include:

Topics include: Communication Skills, Finances, Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia, and Creativity in Aging

WAGECC Best Practices Forum is offered annually to recognize health care professionals who have completed the Master Faculty Scholars Program and the Professional Development Program. It also brings together members of the health care community to generate excitement about improving care for older persons, to share best practices, and to develop new opportunities for professional collaboration. (See 2011 WAGECC.NCCA Best Practices Compendium.)