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Direct Support Professional, Certificate

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This certificate program is designed for student interested in a variety of entry level positions in the field of Human Services and specifically services for those living with disabilities — including developmental, psychological and physical disabilities. Many of our former students now work in nursing homes, developmental centers, group homes for the mentally challenged, outpatient clinics, etc.

We continually make adjustments/changes to this program to make it as relevant as possible to a wide number of human services settings.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • To enable students to experience internships in these settings before they graduate.
  • To help students develop the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to provide these services.
  • To prepare students for entry level positions in the fields of services to those who are differently-abled.

Alumni Spotlight

Elizabeth Zwack ’20

“The Disability Studies, Certificate program opened my eyes to the world of those facing everyday challenges. I thought I was familiar with the subject before I enrolled, but through my coursework and lectures, I have a deeper understanding of developmental, psychological and physical disabilities. My plan after graduation is to work full time at a memory care residence, which is a facility for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Elizabeth Zwack

Program Contact

Cindy Oberjosh, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6756
Location: E-128
Division Office: 716-614-6710 (E-238)