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CARES Dementia Specialist Credentialing Program   

Become a CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.).  If you are someone who wants to advance your career, care strategies, and knowledge about dementia, the CARES online training, certification, and credentialing program will allow you to stand out in the workplace.  The CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) training program curriculum is comprised of 8 courses, 40 hours, and 40 modules.  This 40-hour training program is designed to provide comprehensive dementia education. Using Healthcare Interactive's CARES(R) video-based training program, students learn patient care skills and techniques on how to care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.  CARES(R) is a nationally recognized, award-winning, evidence-informed set of programs to improve dementia-care skills.  Each program includes engaging content, interactive activities, and real-life videos (no actors) of actual staff, experts, families, and people living with dementia.  

Upon completion of each module, a short exam is offered and students can receive a certificate e.g., 'Dementia Basics' certification certificate.  

About the CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S) Credential

Upon completion of all 8 courses and 40 modules, students are eligible to sit for the CARES Dementia Specialist credentialing exam.  For a limited time only, the C.D.S. credentialing exam (a $150 value) is currently being offered free. 

When this offer expires, the tuition fee will increase to $599 per student.      

CARES Courses:

Dementia Basics - 4 Modules, 4 Hours

Dementia Advanced Care - 6 Modules, 6 Hours

Dementia-Related Behavior - 4 Modules, 4 Hours 

Activities of Daily Living - 4 Modules, 4 Hours

Activities of Daily Living - extended - 10 Modules, 10 Hours

End-of-Life Dementia Care - 5 Modules, 5 Hours

Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention - 3 Modules, 3 Hours

Serious Mental Illness - 4 Modules, 4 Hours

WSCC Program Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • All students attending an Allied Health program in the Division of Workforce Training are required to have the AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers and Bloodborne Pathogens certifications.  Courses are offered monthly at WSCC campuses.  Cost:  $80 for both.


  • CARES Dementia Specialist Credentialing Program
  • Fee: $599.00
    Item Number: 24-HALHCARE10601
    Dates: 6/3/2024 - 7/30/2024
    Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Days: Daily
    Sessions: 40
    Building: Zoom or Teams ONLINE
    Room: ZOOM
    REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED. This class is already in session.
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